Originally Posted by Kosty
Just a thought guys.
If this is to be the default avatar, its going to show up a zillion times in each sub forum and in each thread for all the people that never bother to choose an individual personalized avatar.
Maybe instead of something bright and flashy and overwhelming colorful or flashly maybe it should be something more subdued and elegant that would more blend in or not be distracting so that those more active members that have a personalized vatar and want to stand out can do so.
Or the posts of epic wisdom from more active members with personalized avatars could be more highlighted and stand out from the guys that went with the system generated default avatar?
I mean if the chosen default avatar is cartoonish or colorful instead of subdued it could be distracting by itself right?
Something along the lines of these submissions I would not mind being the default from multiple users in a thread as they would not be too distracting and look rather elegant. Especially the generic outline figure in the first image. Having the multiple dark red curtains on the side of the thread and a generic person icon for posters that did not choose a personal icon seems appropriate somehow to me.
Can you guys come up with more icons along those lines?
I have some background working with icons on phpBB. This is not easy. It has to be non-obtrusive and work at a low resolution.
By non-obtrusive, I mean a low-impact color scheme or mainly grayscale. It has to work in all color schemes (unless you are willing to post the forum style info).
By low resolution, I mean that the idea has to be conveyed at the target resolution. I took your "red curtain" avatar and scaled it down to 80px x 80px. The idea of theater seating and curtains is not obvious - the details are lost. In this sense, a spectrum analyzer (geometric low resolution shapes) might work better.
I reworked my previous icons closer to what you're looking for. I did this in 2 steps. First, I matched the red "curtain" idea. Then, I went to grayscale (desaturate) and adjusted the gamma / brightness / contrast until it looked good.
Finally, I showed the difference in scaling. IMHO, the 80px x 80px avatar (bottom center) is the least obtrusive. Your "curtain" avatar stands out quite a bit. BTW, it's best to view the avatar on its own merit, as you're seeing the effects of the forum software's processing. "View image" will give better PQ than viewing inside the post.
I'll withhold my opinion on my own avatar... I'll see if I can come up with some other ideas.