The Origins of yet Another Icon

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Let me clarify first — this is not by any means a how to guide.  This is more of an explanation of my motives and general process of implementation.

It becomes necessary to have an icon when a site emerges out of the cold (for yet another time).

So, why not make an icon featuring the Rutan VariEze?  I have been a fan of Scaled Composites and Burt Rutan in particular for a while.

By Stephen Kearney (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The VariEze is, at least by me, considered a more classical airplane.  There was an article a few years ago featuring its fuel efficiency.  Bear in mind that Klaus in the article is using a custom CDI combustion timing computer.  I consider it a very interesting aircraft.

And so, I set forth with my favorite image editor, GIMP and drew the silhouette of a Rutan VariEze.

Added the “Alien Glow” effect.

Got rid of the black background.

Added sparkles, and wham!  A new logo.

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It looks a bit ridiculous at this scale; the lack of anti-aliasing shows up really well against the blue “glow.”  But for all intents and purposes, it works.

After this, scaled versions of the image (named favicon . PNG and ICO format) are pushed to the website root directory.  GIMP makes this pretty easy with the “export” option.  I believe animated versions of the ICO logo may be acceptable because of the support of multiple layers, but I’m not exactly interested in the complication with animated images at the moment.  (In fact, I don’t even know where my old animated GIFs went.)

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And your browser will scale this down to its preferred size…

Screenshot from 2015-04-12 03:05:05

For all intents and purposes, this was a pretty easy thing to do.

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