"Bluecurve" has friendly, crisp looking icons due to a well chosen color
scheme, consistent perspective, and noticeable outlines which improve
contrast. Icons are pictograms and as such -simplified- images of real
objects with the aim of easy recognizability. Photorealistic icons are
rather counterproductive, especially at small sizes. The "cartoonish"
of "Bluecurve" exactly fits this paradigm. In the "GNOME" panels and
a mere 24 pixels is the default size. This has to be kept in mind.
The attached screenshot shows the huge difference between "good" and
design. The "Bluecurve" package icon is much more distinct than the
one (the latter is too small anyway). The new "gnome-power-manager" is
particularly poor. It looks slack and fuzzy and is weakly detached
background. The dropshadow make things rather worse. The screenshot
for itself, doesn't it? I find it rather compelling in favour of