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HTMinimalist Icons. These are so cool.

Any body know how to make them?

     
2:10 am on Feb 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I've been running into these, and thought it would be cool to make some. I'm giving it a try right now, but was wondering if anybody around here knew how to make these HTMinimalist icons.

What's the technique behind this?

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Stupid question - what are HTMinimalist icons?
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Cool HTMinimalist Icons [pixture.com] Be sure to scroll down the page. Some person in Japan made these, but I've seen these elsewhere.

I saw these and I love the colors, the lines, the detailed textures. I'm on an HTMinimalist kick right now because of these.

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yes agreed martini-b.

The Japanese are experts at miniaturisation and minilism of course. just look at the decor of japanese hotels and the ancient art of bonsai plus their constant need to accomodate more and more people and things in small spaces!

I really do think any medium to top end graphics program like paintshop pro or photoshop PLUS some experience in using it PLUS some artistic talent to draw the original base artwork or buying some original artwork would do it.

Would these icons look as good in all mainstream resilutions, color depths used to access sites that use them?

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Would these icons look as good in all mainstream resilutions, color depths used to access sites that use them?

That's the beauty of these icons. The file sizes are tiny because they have few amounts of colors. If I were to guess, I'd say some of these icons had about between 3-10 web safe colors. So they are resolution friendly.

The only hang up, of course, is that these may not fit the average "business" site, although they may have a place here and there.

In my opinion, they're definitely cool, and I'm going to learn how to make them for use on the web.

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COOOOOOOOOOOOOLLL

Very nice, i suppose you could make them in MS Paint?

Looks like the lines are all either 90 or 45 degrees. no antialiasing.

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To be honest with you, Iīve never heard of these type of icons referred to as HTMinimalist icons before... this style of illustrating is usually called īpixel artī. Itīs been around for a loooooong time now, and the pixel art-revival has already had itīs peak in 2002, it seems. Still, those little icons will probably always keep their sense of wonder! :) A very nice tutorial on creating pixel art using Photoshop can be found here [computerarts.co.uk].
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Why only icons?
[eboy.com...]

Technique? Lots of patience to paint pixel after pixel :)

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the icons are a fantastic pick. thumbs up!
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There are a few icon-editing specialty programs out there that can make the process a little easier, like IconForge and Iconographer... but if you're using something like Photoshop, I've found it's just a matter of creating an indexed color file at 72ppi, zooming in on it so you can see what you're doing, using the single pixel brush, and having a lot of patience.
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Hi mivox,
That's good advice. Thanks!

Hi Jello,
Computer Arts! Of course, why didn't I search there first? I'm going to be spending more time on their web site.

It's a great magazine but costs like $14 in the U.S. Ouch.

Oh, btw: I got the name HTMinimalist from Curt Cloniger's book about Fresh Styles.