This is probably super lame, please bear with me (or not, it’s whatever)
I recently discovered identicons, and I gotta say… I’m pretty chuffed! ^ _ ^
I’ve obviously seen forms of identicons before, such as the default avatars for OGS main site and GitHub, but they never really stood out enough for me to realise they were an actual thing.
I’ve never had a universal online avatar before… but I’ve quickly adopted this one at all my regular (and also some irregular) haunts.
My particular one is quite simple, but somehow it REALLY resonates with me… I don’t know what else to say about them, I just really found it neat and so wanted to share
Here is the particular generator I used, linked of course to my own name, but you can enter in anything (it’s also case sensitive)
I thought this was acually pretty cool. so i ended up making a few of them for the different names and usernames that i have for a few of the different places i go. The one i like best is the one of the right, that has the four dots in the centre. This is quite interesting though, that you can have a universal image of your name that can be used anywhere. I think its really rather cool.
Thoguh I will say i wont be changing my profile pic to any of them for he forseeable future, i like my hilarious anime/ Manga picturs.
I just wanted to know that, even though I follow a different path, I can relate. I’ve been using this avatar everywhere I possibly could for longer than I remember and I fully intend to bequeath it to my entire lineage.
You’re the former bearer of a one-punch avatar that brought us all hope.
I use different pics for different places too. Even social media. But im also super lazy in changing some pics, and other pics i like to keep changing because its funny… like the pic for OGS, i enjoy the funny anime faces.
What i like to do is make the OGS profile pics in to anime faces and such, like the ones i have now, as if its a responce to a really good move my opponant played, and they look at the profile pic, and that will be my reaction.
I think the real benefit (and main intended use) of identicons is if they are installed as the default avatar generator across a platform. Hence, they serve to generate distinctive, default avatars (that are generic and abstract enough to not offend) for people that have not set a custom avatar.
I’m not really a big fan of the the Discourse “letter avatar” (or something very similar).
It seems that they switched from Gravatar to the letters a while back:
Another identicon generator (not mentioned in the list above, maybe since it does not seem to be open source): https://vanillicon.com/
This makes me wonder about the idea of creating an identicon maker that uses heraldry as its base.
So, the colours are red, blue, green, purple, and black; and the metals are white / silver and yellow / gold. Metals cannot touch metals and colours cannot touch colours. The “flags” could be divided in many ways: vertical stripes, horizontal stripes, diagonal stripes, crosses, saltires etc. – and if you begin to run out, why not add some devices?