Adium Icon was perhaps one of the most controversial icons I’ve done. It’s one of my early works and was the key icon that got me into the whole OS X Icon Scene.
From what I’ve read on the forums, emails I’ve gotten, comments on software update sites, etc; public’s opinions on Adiumy Duck was fairly split. Some hated it with a passion and some loved it with a red cherry.
Here’s few of the amusing comments (some funny, some really stupid) regarding Adiumy Duck Icon that I’ve found:
“I hate the stupid squawking bird icon”
“What’s with all the bird icons for Adium? They all creep me out…those eyes just staring…”
“I think that bird-type-creature looks horribly ugly.”
“Once you replace the butt ugly icon with other icon it’s a great program”
“This mismatch of Aqua and chicken-scratch icons is headache-inducing.”
” WAUGH! The new dock icon sucks!”
“I won’t use Adium because I don’t want to bother editing the icon”
“I have to say I REALLLY do hate that duck, just screams ms office assistant to me. Don’t get me wrong I love little character things but when they’re not corny like that duck ugh thats why mine is hello kitty instead.”
“New dock icon please That dock icon is ugly”
“He goes against Apple’s guidelines; a photo-realistic icon that represents the function of the app and instead creates a cartoon bird that represents nothing of what the app is about.”
“I use Proteus. I would use Adium if not for that fscked up duck. *shudder*
It’s just so… duck-ish… WTF does a duck have to do with instant messaging?”
Those kinds of comments do not offend me in the slightest. I’m only laughing because it’s funny how a completely harmless and simple-minded bird could cause so much pain in some people.
It’s also funny how some people refused to use an app just because of the icon. It’s like saying “I won’t go outside because I don’t like the color of the sky.” That Hello Kitty comment is hilarious because Adiumy Duck couldn’t possibly be any cornier than Hello Kitty :)
Without those haters, Adiumy Duck probably won’t be at a celebrity status like he is now. Psiona (Official Costume Designer for Adium) also contributed a lot to his popularity by designing some award-winning costumes. Give her portfolio a check and you’ll be impressed.
All in all, I’m glad that Adiumy Duck is enjoying his life even though he couldn’t comprehend most of the insults to him (a good thing if you ask me). Now only if he finds a girlfriend…