A Bug’s Life

A while ago (a year?!), I made this cute little bug graphic for Nemiver, a C/C++ debugger for GNOME.

No Bug

Nemiver has since changed icons. More recently, Shirley pointed out to me that my bug had been used on a Mac site! šŸ˜® (Of all things!) Heh. I only posted the graphic on the Nemiver mailing list, so I was really curious how the author of the post on the Mac site, Tanya Palta, managed to find my graphic. I’m guessing it was a Google Images search for “dead bug”. šŸ™‚ I’m actually rather flattered that my graphic was picked for this post, but it’s worth mentioning that the license wasn’t followed – which is par for the course with the Internet. The image and it’s source was (and remains) released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License (It’s a mouthful, but it’s pretty simple).

The bug originally started with this:


I remember Jesse commenting that it looked like a barbeque. Hah… so it did! šŸ™‚ I went through lots of different iterations:

Dead Squished Bug

Bug in crosshair

And ended up with the graphic at the top of this post. I also tried simplifying it and making the eyes bigger to support lower resolutions, but I didn’t really put any effort into fitting it within the Tango guidelines.

black bug

Anyway, that’s this bug’s life story.

All images and SVG source available in zip file (dead_bug.zip – 330KB) under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. Images created in Inkscape, an excellent opensource vector art program.

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5 Comments on “A Bug’s Life”

  1. Jon Says:

    Your bug is so funny! Especially the belly-up one.

  2. Shirley Says:

    and the bug looks like Steve.

    I am the interweb IP police. *cough* *cough*

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