89: WordPress avatars
When you leave a comment, a picture appears next to your name. However, if you haven’t uploaded a picture, WordPress will generate a custom avatar using your email address (example to the right). Each is different, and since it stays with the email address it sticks with you and can eventually become your identity.
You’ve probably seen them in the comments on this blog and others. And, you may have noticed that since they’re symmetrical, they function as a sort of Rorschach test. What do you see?
Here’s what I see, when I look at your comments.
Let’s start off with the one I can’t help but see. Every time I look at this icon, I see a little blue person drooling with excitement, and now so will you.
You get the idea. This is going to be a long post, so get your scrollin’ finger warmed up.
Starting off with some interesting ones. We have Hair Lady, Pink Robot, and Banana Spider.
Since these are random, they sometimes look alike. Coming up we have Matt and Chris, the mustache brothers.
All of these you’ll see are pulled from my blog comments. If I miss you, try your hand at your own. I’ll host them here if you send them to me.
This next batch is composed of intricate avatars that all look like complete bodies.
This one is cool because it doesn’t look like a face to me. It’s a tricycle. It’s usually hard not to see a face when something’s symmetrical.
Next up we have another pair. Walrus-men, featuring my dad.
Alexander wins the prize for must unambiguously awesome avatar. Don’t mess with this guy.
Apparently WordPress really likes Batman, or maybe just bats. Because I was able to find 4 different occurrences of this shape:
If you scroll fast, it looks like an animation. No, not really. You may have noticed my dad’s second appearance. He used a different email.
There’s a special group I’ve been saving. It’s a group that makes no sense, even after I drew them. Have a look.
I’m affectionately referring to the top one as “Cruciflex” the middle as “Electric Briefcase” and the bottom, she goes by “Wheel Cat!”
How about some chubby-cheeked animals?
My mom’s gopher icon is quite angry with you.
And one more. I saved the weirdest for last.
So what do you think? Did I get them right? Would you do it differently? Wanna just see what your generated pixel art looks like? Leave a comment and find out.
Thanks, and see you next week!