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In search of better visual metaphors for icons


Would like to start a discussion on finding better visual metaphors for icons. Icons are visual representations of tasks, items, and actions on the desktop. Within the square proportioned box of usually 16x16 to 48x48 pixels, an image resides to aide users in their interaction with the computer. Most of the time, the icons are pretty straight forward...printer, for printer/printing/to print. However, there are some that are less clear. - I'd like to start off by discussing the "system-log-out" icon. The image of an arrow pointing to an open door is visually displeasing...I believe we can do better. Visually, the current representation does not fit in...while most images are objects/symbols, the log-out icon is a doorway leading to a black space. Hope that made sense.
- [folder-remote]
Mola created one this weekend [1] and David Nielsen had a couple of suggestions of improvements [2]. It is a rather tough idea to visualize. I'd like to come up with an idea to universally signify remote. I'm not convinced about the "pipes" that Tango uses.

- [preferences-desktop-theme]
Do we like the "tie and shirt" icon? I don't feel strongly either way, but thought there might be some better representation. Bluecurve uses a block with different colors and I also see another icon with a file and a little hat overlaid on it.

Feel free to add others to this list...these are just the three I have been looking at recently.

[1] https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-art-list/2006-August/msg00047.html [2] https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-art-list/2006-August/msg00048.html

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