[Grok-dev] Re: I know it sucks, but here goes.... grok.zope.org :)
faassen at startifact.com
Wed Jun 13 07:37:07 EDT 2007
Sebastian Ware wrote:
> Personal vs. personalised...
> I just want to clarify my view about old vs. new grok style. I realise
> some feel this is a storm in a teapot -- I apologise for my annoying
> persistence!!! :)
> My objections are along the lines of potential, rather than popularity.
> Even though the old grok has a more personal style (being hand drawn
> with lots of detail), he can't be personalised. My suggested modernised
> grok could easily be personalised so "everybody" got their own personal
> grok. A cool grok avatar. It just feels more like a community to me that
* I agree with Lennart that a personalized Grok avatar is not a high
priority for our project. Would be cool if we ever have a planet Grok
aggregating blogs - I've seen people make "hackergotchis" and such on
planet.gnome.org off their heads, and I've also seen south-park inspired
* I got mail back from the vectorized Grok volunteer this morning, and
he had completed the work on his train ride back home. It looks pretty
good so I hope I can get the illustrator files to you within a few days
(he wants to get an OK from the original artist, my wife, and until then
he's shy :).
One of the things he explicitly talked about is the potential this gives
us to have different Grok images by, say, moving the club, or changing
his facial expression, etc. If we reach the personalization point in the
future, I think this version has potential. Of course we don't have to
throw away your work either, and simply base personalized versions on
that work instead if we want to.
> The fact that the new grok style is very low in detail gives us several
> advantages (over old grok). Firstly, you can easily mix and match bodies
> with faces, thus anybody can create illustrations by cutting and pasting
> in photoshop/gimp/illustrator... secondly, it is a style of illustration
> that is fairly easy to copy, even with limited experience of illustrator
> you will be able to create your personal face.
> With this style you get the excellent side effect that all these avatars
> are scalable from stamp size to books to building wide projections.
Scaling down is a good point. I'll ask "my man in Germany" about how
well his image scales down, given the current complexity.
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