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This just made my day! "We want to represent the “user” concept, aka the living being interacting with your software.

We want it to not cause cultural headaches or misrepresentation, and we want it to be fun and cheerful.

To be perfectly honest with you, we’re not dog people, so instead of using a dog face, we’ll use the most popular pet in the world, a pet that’s cross-cultural and loved by (almost) everyone.

Yes, it’s a catThink about it, it’s not weirder than using a floppy disk to indicate “save”.


We call this icon the purrson-icon."

That icon is adorable. Here at PandaWhale we use a whale for users who choose no photo.

I think of whales as smart and majestic. 

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