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12 April 2012 @ 09:21 pm
Icon comm: let's continue!  
I've seen all three of you (ghanimasun, bizarra and sayuri_x ) around somewhat much lately so I thought this would be a good time to continue planning for that awesome icon comm we'll set up ;)

Sorry I've been so lazy with this stuff! I'm still busy, but I figured I probably won't be any less busy until summer, and this can't wait for that so let's try to get things done now! :)

What we still need to do/decide (important suff in bold, the rest is stuff we don't need to worry about before the comm is in action):
  • name. 'froonium' gained a lot of support but unfortunately that one is taken :/ '_froonium_' would be available though. Another one that seemed somewhat popular was 'unreal_reality'. It's pretty much up to ghanimasun, who was the only one who didn't comment on the froonium business ;)
  • layout. ghanimasun narrowed my various suggestions down to these: 1, 2, 3, 4 Which were my favorites anyway :) Do the rest of you like some of these? I'm still open to other suggestions though.
  • Desing a banner/header. This should be done after we pick a layout. I'm not sure what I have in mind though. I've seen really cool headers with icon collages so that's one possibility, but also something with the community name and something Scapey on it would be cool. What do you think? Let me know if you want to be the maker. If none of you wants to I can do it but I'd definitely suggest sayuri_x for this job just because she's the only one I remember seeing banners/headers/something like that from and those are always cool. (Thinking of farscape_20in20 here)
  • Profile layout, there were no link suggestions yet
  • Writing the profile - I think a profile layout with four separate sections would look really cool - what I mean is something like the one I have, it has three but one with four would be perfect for us, so everyone could have their own short section there and could just write that for themselves. Also what do you think, should the profile have maker examples or should there be a separate post for it (or both, maybe the profile having just 3-5 from each and the actual post a but more?)
  • Maker example page, but we can do this stuff after actually creating the comm. Still, start thinking about which ones of your icons/other graphics you'd like to put there :) If you have no idea what to put there, I have a lot of opinions to offer and I'm sure the others are willing to help too! I definitely am open to suggestion there.
  • Lists of previous work, but this should be easy and quick to do after the comm is created (oh, don't worry, I won't ruin the rep of the comm by linking to those godawful early icons ;D I've pretty much removed them anyway...)
  • Resource credit post, which should be really easy to do
  • Decide which default icon we'll use for the journal. Since it's a community, we won't be actually using its icons, but comms with the blue default guy icon as the userpic look really ugly imo, so there should be at least one icon. Something simple with the comm name on it would be fine imo.
  • A mood theme would be great. I can't find any fascape ones, but we can definitely have any default one in the start and I could probably make a FS one in summer. (I'll do it any way, cause I'm in desperate need of a GOOD FS mood theme. As you may have noticed, my first attempt was awful, but that was when I hadn't made a single icons, so I'm hoping I won't suck that much this time.)
Also we already fixed a tagging protocol. The basic protocol is 'fandom media: fandom', such as 'tv: farscape'. We're using a tilde (~) as a prefix for graphic types (~icons, ~wallpapers, ~tutorial, ~textures etc) and an exclamation mark for more personal stuff, most notably for tagging by maker such as !maker: john_scorpy. Don't forget to include the maker and graphic type tags when you post! :) (Also remind me if I forget...) We can of course add just as many own tags as we want, I'm thinking that since we'll probably icon a lot of farscape, we should tag at least that stuff more specifically, like 'character: stark' or 'episode: farscape - what was lost'.

UPDATE 13.4.!!!:
- please take a look at the profile layouts sayuri_x linked to and share your thoughts! :)
- ghanimasun came up with a brilliant idea to make a mood theme together (we can set up the journal before it's finished of course). Who's up for this?
- bizarra suggested that we can all make an icon for the journal and rotate what's in use. This does seem the fairest to me. Of course none of you *have* to do this. I'll definitely give it a go though! :)
- it looks like the second layout is the most popular, but do tell if you absolutely hate it and what would you have instead. Also there are two versions (one with b&w, one with the colors), so which one would you guys want, or possibly a modified version of the colors (how)? I LOOOVE the color scheme of the colored one so my vote goes there, but I want everyone else to like what we have too. We'll make the text a bit bigger for bizarra! :)
 
 
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Bizarra: keep calm crackers don;t matterbizarra on April 12th, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
I like the last layout... but can I request as someone with eye issues.. that we have easy to see (meaning, please no light colored texts on light colored backgrounds. Why is that popular?? I cannot read it at all) and larger text. (For example the text on your LJ now, I can barely read without sitting on top of the monitor. It's too tiny! LOL!)

A banner would be nice. As I suck at banners, I will gladly let someone else do this. :)

Pesonally, I have no issue with jsut the regular default profile layout on LJ.

I think if we have maker example pages, we don't necessarily have to have examples in the profle section.

We can have our own internal contect for a default icon.. or even have all 4 of us make one and switch is out randomly every so often.

The only FS mood theme I know of is the j/a one that jo uses. :)

I like the tags idea.. because I have a tendancy to make other random fandom stuff. And I've been making a few things to work with my Oz set AU stuff.. as well as the AU!CSI/farscape RP community I set up. So I do like having the options for other fandoms in the tagging. :)

As for the FS particular tags, I don't mind, though unless it's for FS20, I tend not to go episode specific with things.
a random javascript function: crais emotionjsfunction on April 13th, 2012 07:13 am (UTC)
I like the last layout... but can I request as someone with eye issues.. that we have easy to see (meaning, please no light colored texts on light colored backgrounds. Why is that popular?? I cannot read it at all) and larger text. (For example the text on your LJ now, I can barely read without sitting on top of the monitor. It's too tiny! LOL!)

OMG, I'm sorry if my journal is hard for you to read! I love the tiny text though and it was part of the reason I picked this layout :D I think small text looks tidy and pretty, idk, I hate huge text like we have on those new style comment pages, it looks clumsy to me and clutters my entries since I tend to ramble yet still don't want people to have to scroll several pages to get to the actual icons :P (I've seen my text on a screen with a really high resolution though and it did look horribly small there, so it also depends on the screen). Anyway if this layout is hard for you to read then I suggest adding '?style=mine' in the url, that's what I always do when I see a new style layout and want to use my icon randomizer (doesn't work with the new style).

Anyway the font in our journal definitely doesn't have to be *this* small, I think for example the font size at farscape_land doesn't look at all too big for me but big enough to be easily readable I assume? I mean it's the 'standard' font size or a bit bigger.

Also sorry about the small contrast in my layout. I like the combination of grey with white, it looks more stylish and sophisticated to me than just black on white ;) But the comm should of course be readable to all so I'm fine with any combination as long as it looks cool - say, white on black (or a really dark grey) is definitely more interesting than black on white and still the contrast is just as big! :) I'm also fine with colorful text or background, I like bright colors especially.

We can have our own internal contect for a default icon.. or even have all 4 of us make one and switch is out randomly every so often.

This is an awesome idea! I say we all make one, well, not that everyone *has* to, but those who want! I'll definitely give it a go :)

I remember trying to track down Jo's mood theme but to no result. I may have been blind though :p

though unless it's for FS20, I tend not to go episode specific with things.

Yeah, me neither, if it's just a random post with multiple seasons and episodes then there's probably no point, but like you said we do a lot of episode/season specific stuff for fs20in20 :) also if some characters are heavily featured (or some rare characters featured at all) I think it would be cool to use the character tags at least. That way I have an easy access to all the Scorpies. ♥
Bizarra: Aeryn Smilebizarra on April 13th, 2012 10:03 am (UTC)
I have to actually highlight the text on FS20 just to see it. I have no idea why pale text on white backgrounds is popular... who can actually see that??

I have *very* bad vision and have issues with reading small text. The text on FSland is fine. I think I was the only person who cheered at the default text size in LJs stuff now because OMG I CAN READ IT!! LOL (Seriously, I do fine detail work on my graphics sitting about 5 inches from my screen.) So I do have sight issues. I tend to have my web browser zoomed up so the text is big enough for me to read.

Wow.. that was supposed to be "internal contest" but... you got the gist. LOL! I do like all four of us making one and then just randomly switching it once a month or so.

You could ask her about it, but I know that She said it was snurchable. (and let me check, I might have snurched it. I'll do it when I get home from work as it would be on the other computer)

Character specific tags, absolutely. If you want to do specific episode/season tags, that's fine too, was just thinking of it being a huge tag list. :)
Sayuri: TV - SGA - Summersayuri_x on April 13th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
I have to actually highlight the text on FS20 just to see it.

Whaaaaa....

Why didn't you say? I can try to make it bigger....
Bizarra: Aeryn Smilebizarra on April 13th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Oy... I double checked the community.. other than the text to comment/number of comments which is darned near invisible with the grey on grey. There was something that I had to highlight and now I can't remember what it was... sorry.. nevermind.. I'm a goober.. :)

It IS small text.. but.. it's your community. :) I'll just zoom.

If nothing else, I can just add a font size to my html when I post, so at least I can read it. LOL
Sayuri: TV - SGA - Ronon stairwaysayuri_x on April 12th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
I have a couple of suggestions for profile codes..

http://profile-layout.livejournal.com/75120.html

http://profile-layout.livejournal.com/71114.html

http://fleeting-days.livejournal.com/6662.html



Also, I kinda still love froonuim...or something that is scapy-ish.

Plus, once we have decided on layout and colourscheme I can certainly gove a banner a try.

I also kind of love the second layout but I am happy with pretty much anything. I'm easy!!



a random javascript function: sikozu vividjsfunction on April 13th, 2012 07:18 am (UTC)
OMG, those profile layouts are PERFECT for us! I think I like the second one the best, the whole composition is really stylish and showcases icons nicely. But I'm really happy with any of those.

YAY FOR BANNER! Also the second layout is my favorite too. Do you like the b&w or colored version better (or if neither how would you like the colors)?
Sayuri: TV - Burn Notice - Michael_texturesayuri_x on April 13th, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
Yep, my fav is the second one too....
ghanima sun: kara is badassghanimasun on April 12th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
-Somehow I completely missed that post you made about the username, sorry! I do like 'unreal_reality' over '_froonium_' (I tend to not like usernames that don't start with letters for some reason) but I'd be okay with either one.

-I'm not really that great with making bigger graphics so I don't think I'd be the best choice for a banner for the comm. Your suggestions for it sound good though.

-I haven't looked at many profile codes but I think a four sectioned style is fine. I'm not really picky on this.

-I agree that a simple default icon with just the comm name would probably be best; nothing fancy but yeah the comms with no default icon do sort of bug me too :)

-I should probably try to make a Farscape mood theme too given that I have so much experience having made one whole mood theme already ;) But we could always do some sort combo between the four of us too, divide the moods up four ways so we'd each only have to do a part of them.
a random javascript function: dany pale monochromaticjsfunction on April 13th, 2012 07:27 am (UTC)
I do like 'unreal_reality' over '_froonium_' (I tend to not like usernames that don't start with letters for some reason)

Ooh, I didn't think of that! Would 'froonium_' be better? I just added the other underscore for symmetry but it's completely unnecessary. Also if that looks stupid cause it just ends there in the air with one underscore, I don't think something like 'froonium_icons' would look half bad, what do you think? (Iconing is the main purpose of the journal so even if we post all sorts of fannish things there, I don't see 'icons' in the name as silly in any way!)

I should probably try to make a Farscape mood theme too given that I have so much experience having made one whole mood theme already ;) But we could always do some sort combo between the four of us too, divide the moods up four ways so we'd each only have to do a part of them.

You know what, this is a PERFECT idea. I mean why let someone do all the work if everyone can do just 1/4th of the work! We just have to settle on a fixed size for the pics and decide who makes what. I think this is definitely what we should do, if the other two want :) and even if not, we could do it half an half. (I promise it won't be a Scorpy mood theme this time. I already learned that his expressions aren't that varied in mood...)
Sayuri: TV - Spaced - hfcsayuri_x on April 13th, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
HOw about froonium_graphics......
ghanima sun: kara is badassghanimasun on April 14th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
OMG your Spaced icon is amazing /random
Sayuri: Film - Constantine - Taxisayuri_x on April 14th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
Hahah! Oops, LOL. I love Spaced!
a random javascript function: aeryn redjsfunction on April 14th, 2012 09:58 am (UTC)
That would be awesome but unfortunately the character limit is 15 :|
Sayuri: TV - GOT - Dany_greencropsayuri_x on April 14th, 2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
Well that's just nonscence!
virkatjol: [claudia] close up facevirkatjol on April 12th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Froonium is the name of Ricky Manning's blog. JUST THOUGHT I'D THROW THAT OUT THERE. :)

http://froonium.com/
a random javascript function: sikozu smilejsfunction on April 13th, 2012 07:28 am (UTC)
There's never an inappropriate place or time to advertise that! :D
weaselchopsaw: Daffy TVweaselchopsaw on May 3rd, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
And we thank you for the plug!