It being a slow-ish time of year for me, work-wise, I thought I'd take the opportunity put together some items I've been meaning to post about here for some time, but just kept not getting around to. All are related to the map/s and info-box icons that I've been creating for the site: 1. Latest Icon Revisions: After getting a bit of feedback and doing some experimenting, I've decided that I think the buffered-yet-thumbnail-less approach is the best looking approach. (For those who are new to the Wikia or haven't seen my previous posts on the subject: The latest icons all have a built-in 3-4 pixel-wide "buffer" built into them so they don't look smashed up against the text. They are meant to be installed "full-sized," on the left, without a thumbnail.)
2. Icon Naming Conventions: In an effort to minimize confusion between old and new versions of the icons, the new ones should all be named "______ Icon." (Previous ones had mostly been named "_____ symbol" or "_______mini" or some such thing, but it wasn't consistent before.)
3. Thumbnails with reduced larger icons: In a few cases, it seemed to me to be a cool idea to, instead of using the regular icon in the info-box, to instead use a full-sized drawing of the symbol, but reduced in size. That way the reader can, with just one click, the see a larger, more detailed look at a particularly interesting symbol or variant of one. Examples of this sort of thing off the top of my head so you can go see what I mean include:
a. the many uses of the 6th Star Whitestone Crest (and its derivatives) that I put into the info boxes for Percy & Vex. b. In some cases, I did the same with my actual-Draconian-Script version of the Tiamat icon (such as on the Arkhan the Cruel page.)
When I'm doing this instead of a normal reduced-pixel icon, I think the thumbnail still makes good sense and I've kept it in for all of these situations.
4. Map Update: The latest version of my map set ("New and Improved Version 19.3, now with Xhorhas...") is up and installed on at least the main articles that I could think of to which they are most relevant. As always, feel free to add these maps to any article to which they can be helpful to. (Also, if I've missed a place where a map should have been updated to a new standard, feel free to let me know or switch it out yourself.)
5. Icon-Map Synergy: In case y'all haven't noticed, I've been gradually tying my map and icon work together by using the icons as map markers as well. The ones that include big, bold letters (i.e., most city icons) are used to spell the corresponding place on the map. Icons that didn't have built-in letters I used to replace other traditional boring map markers. Thus, if you're familiar with either an article's info or with a paticular area of the map, the icon should make quick recognition/ reorientation that much easier between the two.
6. Implementation: I've been gradually chipping away at the task of replacing all the older style icons with newer ones and plan to continue to do so well out into the forseeable future. I'm in no particular hurry, and as far as I'm concerned it's fine y'all want to concentrate on implementing the latest icons in the newer articles, while I concentrate on "fixing" the old ones to get them in line with the new standard.
7. Questions/ Comments/ Concerns? As always, please don't hesitate to post a reply here or send me an email with any comments. questions, and/ or concerns.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Iconographic Cartographer,
P.S. Now that I've finally gotten the Version 9.3 map implemented, we now have a new Greying Wildlands map to work with, soo... stay tuned, "Version 20.x, Now with Greying Wildlands" should be coming along in the next couple of weeks...!P.P.S. ...And here it is, version 20.1 with the new info on the Greying Wildlands taken into account. As always, feel free to let me know if I've missed anything in these latest revisions and to add it (and/or its derivatives below) to any article to which it is applicable: