You know, a 16x16 pixel icon with only 16 colours would only render 4096 possible icons..
I'm a software developer, icons are the bane of my existence. They are so necessary to having a good app, and at the same time are the last thing that I can bring myself to care about.
On day soon I'm going to take a few hours and write the application that generates thousands of icons, and then a view that hows them, so I can purge the crap ones, keep the ones that look 'decent' and then maybe do something fancy around brute-forcing the decent ones into high-res ones..
I'd love to know if someone has already done this..