Have you noticed those personalized cartoon-like character's of people showing up on websites or in print? These are called Avatars and can be as simple as an impersonalized clip-art type icon of maybe your favorite football team or favorite flower to a personalized characterization of yourself that you can create. Some sites such as IKEA (below) have their own Avatar designated to guiding you around a site or answering questions.
Anna is IKEA’s spokesperson (look for her in the lower left hand corner) and is available to answer any questions you have specifically about IKEA. If you try to ask her anything else, she is more than happy to assure you that her interests lie in IKEA and that is it.
Companies like Site Pal are capitalizing on this and helping businesses create their own avatars.
One of the simpler forms of personalizing your own avatar is
Yahoo Avatars. It takes you through a series of questions (in picture form)
of your facial features, hair, clothing styles, accessories, etc. You are then
able to create “yourself” however you feel like. Here I am:
Designhergals.com took this a step further and you can create your own avatar that can be attached to e-mail or printed on stationary, notepads, index cards, invites, t-shirts, mugs, etc. This one is only oriented towards creating female avatars, but I believe that you can have a male created for a fee of $100 if you send them a picture.