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Favify : and then there were 20

The alarm clock is about to sound on this feverish dream, but before I get to the residency post-mortem, I have three more favicons to add to Favify. The project started with nine favicons back in June, and now boasts twenty. The newly inducted:

'Bout What I Sees Rhizome
‘Bout What I Sees Rhizome.org

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

So, yes, technically Glasstire isn’t listed on Glasstire’s Links page as per my Favify rules, but they gave me the keys to this kingdom, so to speak. So they’re in.

‘Bout What I Sees is Salvador Castillo’s art blog out of Austin. I’ve been a follower of it ever since Castillo wrote of his “Ahhh!” moment after viewing my 2007 exhibition Lawndale Has Many Friends. Castillo recently added a favicon to the website and made a request to be part of Favify, and I am only happy to oblige.

Completing the new triumvirate is Rhizome.org, a website “dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology.” I am thrilled to have had two pieces from A Feverish Dream accepted into Rhizome’s ArtBase, and although they are not Texas-based, they are listed on Glasstire’s LInks page under –– appropriately enough –– Non-Texas stuff.

Click away at the “Favify” button in the right-hand column to see the compete Favify lineup.

Favify : Houston Expansion Pack

A Feverish Dream is going to be on hiatus next week, but here is a Favify update to tide you over. This time around we have three Houston-based entities, all conveniently found on Glasstire’s Links page.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Spacetaker Wax by the Fire
Spacetaker Wax by the Fire

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Spacetaker and Wax by the Fire come to us from the "Artsites We Heart" section, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston finally qualified thanks to adding a favicon this summer. (There remain many more on this list that have yet brand themselves in 16 x 16 pixel form — hop to it!)

I like the favicon variety of this particular grouping. The MFAH went with the simple block "H" used in their logo brand, and it holds up very well at 16×16. Spacetaker, a non-profit that provides artists with resources and tools to help build their professional careers, also uses their logo as their favicon. The logo is fairly complex, so shrinking it down to 16×16 and then bringing it back up again essentially obliterates it. I find the resulting sculpture interesting and mysterious, even if it’s not recognizable. Finally, Wax by the Fire is an art blog by Rachel Hooper, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow at the University of Houston’s Blaffer Gallery. (In case you’re wondering: yes they’re on the list; no they do not have a favicon.) Since her blog has no official logo, per se, Rachel has used a fragment of a painting by Houston artist Jonathan Leach as her favicon. (Yes, I’m sure she received the artist’s permission.)

This brings our favicon count to 17! So feel free to click away at the “Favify” button in the right-hand column to see the expanded Favify lineup.

Favify : Austin Expansion Pack

New projects are in the works but not quite ready for release. So in the meantime, enjoy four new Austin-based favicons added to Favify.

Fluent Collaborative Women and Their Work
Fluent Collaborative Women and Their Work

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

...might be good Okay Mountain's blog
…might be good Okay Mountain’s blog

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

…might be good and Okay Mountain’s blog are the first entries from the "Artsites We Heart" section of Glasstire’s Links page. I would have loved to have added the Austin Museum of Art, since they were the immediate subject of last week’s 10% and counting, but alas, no favicon.

I’m going to keep adding to Favify throughout the summer, so if you want your blog or organization represented, there are only two requirements: 1) your site has a favicon, and 2) your site is listed on Glasstire’s Links page. If you already meet these requirements and want to be involved, drop me a line at afd (at) afeverishdream (dot) com.

Conversely. if your website wants to host a Favify button, we can do that to. Major thanks to Lawndale Art Center, which now has a custom Favify button on its homepage.

Favify Addition No. 1

Favify gets its first update today! As a reminder, there were nine favicons at the launch of A Feverish Dream (view them here), but I’ll be adding many more to the project throughout the summer. (What’s Favify? Just click here.) The first addition:


Fotofest didn’t have a favicon on its website a week ago, but they got on the ball and created one, making them eligible for Favify inclusion. Remember, to be eligible, your site needs to be listed on Glasstire’s Links page AND have a favicon. Once you meet these requirements, give me a nudge via twitter or email (afd at afeverishdream dot com).

I’m thrilled to be able to include Fotofest in Favify. They gave me my first big exhibition opportunity (Native Sons, 2006) and remain near and dear to my heart. Bring on the 2010 Biennial!

Meet the Favicons

With the concept of Favify being addressed in the previous post, I wanted to formally introduce the nine favicon renderings used to kick off the project. Keep in mind, the images that invade your screen are not official logos from Texas art organizations. Rather, they’re abstract virtual sculptures based on the website favicons of the organizations. Using Google SketchUp, I extend the pixels of the favicon into columns whose height is governed by that pixel’s color luminance. In some renderings, the tallest columns are the darkest pixels, and in others that scale is reversed. (The choice is an aesthetic one.)

More favicons will be added into the project throughout the summer, so if you’d like to see your institution/art site/blog crack into the queue, make sure it qualifies and shoot me an email or a tweet. Or, if you’d like to incorporate Favify on your own website, please see the Favify Your Website section.

The first nine favicons (in no particular order) are identified after the jump.

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AFD One : Favify!

Welcome to A Feverish Dream, a weekly series of web-based work based on my musings from around the Internet. First up: Favify!

Favify takes its inspiration from Cornify, a script that creates an interruptive visual mélange of rainbows and unicorns on top of a website. Favify, rather, inundates your screen with sculptural abstractions of art-related favicons. You can try Favify out by repeatedly clicking the button below.



There, isn’t that better?


What’s a favicon?
For those unfamiliar, favicons are the tiny 16-by-16 pixel logos found in the address bar of an internet browser. They are unique to the World Wide Web, and I’m interested in how companies and individuals are using this tiny virtual real estate as an opportunity to convey their brands or other ideas. I’ve made abstract sculptural pieces from them in the past, but Favify allows for an unpredictable, online mashup of any number of favicon renderings.

Which favicons are being used in Favify?
Favify doesn’t feature just any favicons, of course. A Feverish Dream is thrilled to be sponsored by Glasstire, so the inaugural batch of favicons comes from institution websites found under the Texas Museums section on their Links page. I was a bit sad to find that most of the listed websites (including those from some of the larger museums) didn’t have a favicon at all. For shame!

There are nine favicons in the initial launch of Favify. Can you identify where they’re from? I’ll post a visual key on Friday, giving you a couple more days to ponder them.

New favicons will be added to the Favify library throughout the summer. I’ll use the entirety of the Glasstire Links page as my guide, so if you’d like a chance to see your institution/art site/blog represented in the Favify project, then (1) get a favicon on your site, and (2) get listed on Glasstire.

Can I Favify my website?
Yes you can – and I hope you do! Just visit the Favify Your Website section of the site to get all the details.