The Western graphic style of small eyes or even no faces (the faceless icons in Windows XP disturbed me even as a kid) is deeply sinister, as if we're not allowed to express our humanity anymore. Don't even like anime much, but at least anime people have big eyes and expressions!
Image by Sandra Höfer of Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en).
@adamasnemesis You know... traditional Russian textile dolls are always made without faces. It is believed that the moment you draw a face on a doll, it gains a soul. A personality, how we would say it now. And it can be whatever, good or evil, you can't control it.
I don't believe the same logic is behind Windows icons. :) It's just that in some cases there is a reason for not having a drawn face.
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