Iconic You. Iconic Me.

Design Assignment: Iconic You

The objective of this assignment is to “create an iconic image/design for your own site that somehow represents you”.

More than half of the semester has ended and the schedule we’re managing is like a roller coaster. Yet, I still had not put out anything particular about my blog title or my name, mhacca. This design assignment has not much relevance to what I was just wondering, but I would like to note on that too in the article.

My title of the blog you are looking at right now is called “neopessimist23”. I took it from a song title by the band Moi dix Mois. The number “23” at the end comes from the Japanese era. Year 2012 equals to Heisei year 23 in Japan. In a image like this, maybe the blog title was better off placed to the side instead of how it was finished design-wise. I guess it works fine this way because you wouldn’t want to tilt you head sideways to look at it…

I personally love the fancy design of the number.

The process of the assignment was done on GIMP and Pixler. I find it easier to use GIMP for cutting out pictures as I want it to be. There were some experiments done with effects as seen below. I played around with colors, dots, and lighting.

  Now, I’ll explain the imagery. The oval white object on top of the vase is an egg. It represents myself as being a newbie. I hope I’ve become a semi-newbie or someone more experienced at the technology we’re all manipulating. Next is the flower sitting upon the egg. I put the rose there to show my (past) identity as being called the “flower girl” back in secondary school. We keep a garden full of trees and flowers in front of our porch back at home.

Speaking of plants, my name “mhacca” refers to peppermint (hacca) in Japanese. My mother’s hometown used to be one of the world’s busiest peppermint growing area.

I Love My Cupcake Browser Theme.

Which web browser do you use? There were several browsers I tried out in the past, but currently I’m sticking to Firefox. According to the stats as of December 2011, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer are the top three popular browsers in the list.

I don’t consider myself as a digital native, although I was introduced to computers in kindergarten at school. We all had to play around with old Apple computers under the guidance of our teacher. Do you remember using “Netscape” in the earlier years of your cyberlife? It’s the green logo, remember? Maybe some of you do remember or know, maybe not. The DS106 assignment I did this time relates to Netscape and the founder of Netscape.

Marc Andreessen :p by JD Lasica / SocialMedia.biz – CC Licensed via Flickr

The now multi-millionaire software engineer Marc Andereessen was a student and a part-time assistant of NCSA at the University of Illinois when he began his new browser development project. He was one of the second generation of the people who were introduced to WWW which Tim Berners-Lee created. However, at that time, the web browsers like Unix was expensive and they weren’t available for the general public. So Andereessen’s aim was to build a better user-friendly browser that everyone could use. As a result, he and his co-workers produced the Mosaic web browser. It was released to the public in the year 1993. There was a legal problem over the property of the Mosaic browser between the University of Illinois and the company Andereessen co-founded with his business partner. Mosaic had to be renamed to Netscape Navigator soon after its release.

I didn’t know until I read the information on Andereessen and Netscape that Netscape was originally named Mosaic. As you may have recognized, Netscape exists, but it’s no longer a popular browser. Netscape engaged in the Browser war with Microsoft, which became interested in the Internet business and hopped on the bandwagon. Then, as you can see, Internet Explorer won the war and became the dominant browser in the market.


Here’s the assignment detail:

Design Assignment: What the Font?
A common exercise in design school, take typographical elements (perhaps even the words of a story) and bring them to life.

Since we’re doing The Pioneers section, I wanted to continue on working on DS106 assignments with the pioneers theme. I don’t think I’ve seen an Andreessen post yet, and that is why I thought this article will be a good one to do. My design is a portrait unlike the rest of the posts that people have done. I wasn’t so sure how I would interpret the assignment mission, though there’s some typography essence in the image (the word NETSCAPE being blown away).

Now I’ve become slightly more experienced with using the image manipulation application, the time spent for creating the assignment has been reduced than before. I’m also eager to try new things.

( The white caption in the background is taken from the familiar Pioneers page).