I love them so much. In fact, since I have started my job the use and importance of a favicon (and Mormonism) has been the topic I have debated the most.
Unfamiliar with favicons? Well let me tell you what they are.
The word is a combination of favorite and icon. They are tiny little square images that are 16 pixels by 16 pixels. They are not a JPG or a PNG, but an icon file that is saved as an .ico file. They are used as branding / bookmarking on websites. They go next to the title of the webpage if you have a tab open. Like so:
You also may have noticed them here in your bookmarks bar:
The reason I love them is because I am a heavy tab-user. I always have at least 8 tabs open with music, email, and projects I am working on. When I am jumping from one tab to another, I am usually skimming the text but my eye is focused on the favicon.
Which brings me to my purpose. I love Google Reader. I subscribe to all of my favorite blogs on google reader and organize them by their categories: friends, design, fabric, food, and inspirational.
This is what my DESIGN category looks like:
This is what my FRIEND category looks like.
Clearly, my friends folder doesn't have a lot of personality in the favicon department.
I want to change this.
So if you want me to make you a favicon for your blog, let me know and I will send you a little .ico file of something you want. But I'll be honest, the most frustrating part about making things for other people is all of the back and forth. Like, let's look at this shade of pink or change that font, or make that a jagged edge instead of a curved edge, etc. I don't want to have a lot of back and forth here so in this case, I will take your suggestions of what you want, spend 15-20 minutes making something and then send it to you and hopefully you love it because I probably won't change it if you don't. I still love you, but I want to make lots of these for all the readers I love, rather than one favicon that one person likes.
I have never added favicons to blogs others than a google Blogger blog, but it is super easy to add on your own. So, no worries there.
Because the image is so tiny, it is good to have just a few details in the image but nothing too complicated. Here are some of my favorites:
I think it is a little weird to use a photograph for a favicon, but Martha Stewart seems to get to do whatever she wants.
Happy favicon day to you!