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Emoticon Legend Design by zacthetoad Emoticon Legend Design by zacthetoad
Here is something that I have thought needs to be remade for a long time. With the release of deviantART Version 5, nothing changed, so here is a compilation of ideas, thoughts and somewhat of a layout that I thought would work nicely. This is of course the Emoticon Legend.

The current one has been around for a long time, and is clearly out dated and quite basic. Back in early 2004, `hprince329 had a similar idea, and made a mock up design of a new Emoticon Legend. From the look of the comments, the programmers looked interested and it seemed as though something might actually happen! `hprince329's Emoticon Legend was a great concept, far better then the current one we have today. It also incorporated a number of new and exciting ideas, all of which would benefit the usual deviant enormously. However, nothing has happened and I’ve never heard why.

So I decided to take matters into my own hands. Using some of the existing ideas, along with a few of those from `hprince329 and a few of my own, I attempted to created a modern, up-to-date Emoticon Legend. I would have easily spent well over five hours working on original sketches for layout, navigation, design and colours as well as the incorporation of as many ideas as possible. Whilst I do not actually expect this to be implemented, I would like my ideas to be seen and perhaps even considered. Any critique on the design or any ideas about the layout or even some feature I haven’t thought of would be greatly appreciated. Please let me know what you think!

There are a number of new ideas in this design, here is a list containing the majority of them as they can be sometimes hard to see with a static image.

:pointr: Possibly the biggest difference between the current Emoticon Legend and this one is the fact this one is part of deviantART, that is it won’t open in a new window, and it still contains the same styling and theme of deviantART.

:pointr: You may also notice that in the top right hand corner of the white area, there is another tab to Moods. Recently with the introduction of deviantART Version 5, so to was the Moods System introduced. Having Emoticons and Moods in the same area is a sensible idea, and as they are both somewhat similar it will work effectively for the average user. This will also solve the matter on where to place the current list of Moods. Clicking that tab would open a similar window to what you see in front of you, with similar layout etc.

:pointr: On the top frame, there is now a search bar. This would be used to search unofficial emoticons on deviantART.

:pointr: Towards the bottom of the screen, there is a second search bar. This would be used to search through the official emoticons, using keywords. This function would allow users to find what they are looking for quickly with minimal hassle.

:pointr: This official search will also allow you to find emoticons based on tags. So if you were to type in 'happy', the results would show five or six different emoticons that would be appropriate.

:pointr: This design contains a new drop down menu allowing users to sort the emoticons into different categories. Whilst the old version had this, it was somewhat hidden. The menu idea is easy to see and easy to use. Selecting one of the categories shown will limit the number of emoticons you see, allowing you to find certain types, or for example you could search for emoticons based on who created them.

:pointr: This brings me to probably one of the best features of this Emoticon Legend. The My Favourites feature. On the table on the right, in the far right column, there are +fav and –fav icons. Using this tool you can select your favourites of all the emoticons shown, and then when sorting the list, you can easily access your favourites. As shown in the example above, two of the emoticons seen have been added to the My Favourites list. To remove them you can simply reclick the correct icon.

:pointr: The legal information regarding the use of deviantART’s emoticons is now in the bottom left, however it is always visible, rather then only when you scroll to the bottom of the screen.

:pointr: On the emoticon list, there are now four columns. As explained above, the far right is used to determine which will appear in My Favourites. The first column shows the emoticon itself, while the second one shows the code that is used. However, the new feature in this design is that the creator’s name is always shown next to the emoticon. You can also sort the creators alphabetically with the sort function.

So there is the complete list for what I would like to see in our Emoticon Legend. Please feel free to comment on design, layout or with any ideas that you would/wouldn’t like to see.

Emoticons shown in the list are copyrighted by their respective owners. Emoticons used for the Emoticon/Mood tabs are copyrighted by =BoffinbraiN. Permission was obtained for all emoticons in use within this deviation.
Thank you to =ipholio, who gave extremely useful help with both design issues and ideas.

Update: Adjusted slightly and updated the emoticons listed (12/10/07).
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:iconfluffy-goldfish:
Fluffy-Goldfish Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
:fella:
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AnimeFan0134 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yo how do u get to this emoticon page

98% of teenagers do or has tried smoking pot. If you're one of the 2% who hasn't, copy & paste this in your signature.
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AnimeFan0134 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how do u get there
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SmexyScene Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
:ilovedevart:
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:iconspeedvore:
Speedvore Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I really like this idea. It would be so helpful. ;)
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HaDou-Ken Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
What is this idea? Long artist comment, short?
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:icontoko:
toko Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
great idea :thumbsup:
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:iconxxcullen-freakxx:
xxcullen-freakxx Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah! You created this? Your a genius! I would be dead without you!
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:iconnikki-1986:
Nikki-1986 Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic Idea!

There are so many great ones I never can find them
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:iconnitidus:
Nitidus Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
nice nice I find the current emoticons thing sort of tedious for finding emotes that I want to use

this is a great format concept
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:icondavidjcobb:
DavidJCobb Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
Nice, but that left side's kinda empty.

Nevertheless, a great concept :D
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:iconkishifishy:
KishiFishy Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Student General Artist
This is so useful! 8D
But not there's dA v6, and this is a GREAT idea, but I wonder why dA has never implemented this into the system? D:
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:iconlemontea:
lemontea Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
Probably the most practical execution I've seen.
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:iconjimfield:
JimField Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
This is great becasue it looks like you can :+fav: emotes and also tells you the creator. Hope this gets implemented :D
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:iconfrozenpandaman:
frozenpandaman Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008   General Artist
I think he's talking about adding them to a separate 'favourite emoticons' list.
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:iconjimfield:
JimField Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
:nod:
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:iconfirewithincreation:
FireWithinCreation Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I couldn't agree more! Great job! we could definitely use something like this! ♥
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KaySmith--All-4-IRIS Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008   General Artist
oooooOOOOO00000OOOOOooooo... i REALLY like this (i REALLY think we need it)
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sahwar Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I`m not sure that I said it before but this certainly IS the best look for the Emoticon Legend so far...here`s a suggestion: how about making a Firefox(Stylish/Greasemonkey, like devTIDY) extension with this interface, while we`re waiting for the new official EL? Again, wonderful design, I hope that it`ll pass the dA approval and hopefully we`ll be enjoying this after a little while... :D
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
Unfortunately I cannot code such things, but if someone was interested I'd be more than happy to consider it. :slow:
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:iconthe-black-wolf-co-uk:
wow great idea :D
i'd love to see it in action
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:icondeep-emerald:
Deep-Emerald Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008
Here's my added support: :+fav:

Awesome ideas and layout, I'm very impressed...

Hopefully we'll see it implemented soon...
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:iconroy-sac:
roy-sac Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep, the current gallery sucks up memory like crazy and it takes forever to find the wanted emotion. Good stuff.
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TakumiMatsuo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
can you give me a link to this page pleeeeease. or at least instructions of how to get there.
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zacthetoad Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
[link]

Its at the bottom of every comment box. :)
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One3Creations Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
This really needs to be put into effect... The current Emoticons list is bland and boring. I hate using it, I hate even looking at it.

This would make things so much easier, and with the search feature finding the icon I need for a post would be a lot more efficient.

DA seems to be slacking on a handful of things, one also being the Message Center... That should have been updated with v5, and we've been told it was going to be updated; and now we are way after the release of v5 and it still hasn't been updated... :(
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Solitude12 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
If spyed favs this, obviously this is good xD
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
Hehe, hopefully its been placed on a Future Possibilities list somewhere...
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:iconfrozenpandaman:
frozenpandaman Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008   General Artist
It is :thumbsup:

[link]
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:iconsolitude12:
Solitude12 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
It's really good :D
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buffydoesbroadcast Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007  Student General Artist
I love that it gives credit to the makers! That's exactly what I wish to know all the time! Excellent work!
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DVeditor Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Would definitely be better than the current pop-up window, that's for sure. Good idea!
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:iconmothnode:
mothnode Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Really superb idea!
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:iconsahwar:
sahwar Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
What a great improvement to dA this will be, if it goes out! :+fav:
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blunaowl Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
I kinda liked the fact that the emoticon legend opened in a new window. It was easier than switching between tabs constantly, and something like this you wouldn't be able to have in the side bar, as certain extensions allow.
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
But you should know your emoticons by now! :shakefist:

:slow:
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:iconblunaowl:
blunaowl Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007
:paranoid:

=P
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:icontechnia:
technia Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007   Digital Artist
Well i knew you were a suck marty; but at least your good at it mate :D
PS; why werent you at Jimmys last night! It was comedy gold! the whole time :w00t:
PPS I'm not overly sure, but i think i got invited to something next saturday night :S i'll look into ay. :P
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Alvar101 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
What an improvement! :D

Good job
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ftpaddict Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
:iswydt: < doesn't exist :)

Would be so awesome if it was official!
Nice interface, Zac! If there's somewhere I can vote for it, point me towards it! :nod:
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
Many of those aren't official. ;)
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:iconftpaddict:
ftpaddict Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
I know, but they should be. :lol:
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parliamentFunk Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
This looks great. But unfortunately a new emoticon legend design isn't going to make any more money for dA than the current one, so it's way, way, way down on the list, just below dAmn. However, with the revamp going on, it's entirely possible that something may be done, but not in a hurry, that's for sure.

Still a great design idea, nevertheless. ^^

P.S. I like how you shrunk :shakefish:'s canvas. :bucktooth: Much better.
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zacthetoad Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
Yes, I didn't really expect it to change, but at least its been taken note of, right? :slow:

I was hoping people would notice the new :shakefish: size. :giggle:
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parliamentFunk Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
Yeah, I noticed $spyed liked it, so that's one step to closer. ^^

God that emote pisses me off... lol, almost as much as the llama.
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Electromechanical Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
This setup idea is definitely better than what is in current use. I especially like how it has its own page, instead of being a window that pops up.
Hopefully this will be used soon. :santa::horns: Nice work!
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harlequin1989 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
Brown Nose :D
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
:|
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:iconstylepixelstudios:
StylePixelStudios Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work Zac!

...you have 388 messages to attend to, lol.
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:iconzacthetoad:
zacthetoad Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
This deviation is actually quite old, and the Message Centre is currently cleaned out. :slow:
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