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Re: The Icon Question



Máirín Duffy wrote:



Andreas Nilsson wrote:

Joachim Frieben wrote:

"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" look of "Bluecurve" exactly fits this paradigm. In the "GNOME" panels and menus,
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 "bad" design. The "Bluecurve" package icon is much more distinct than the "puplet"
one (the latter is too small anyway). The new "gnome-power-manager" is
particularly poor. It looks slack and fuzzy and is weakly detached from the background. The dropshadow make things rather worse. The screenshot speaks for itself, doesn't it? I find it rather compelling in favour of "Bluecurve".

Wow, quite a mix of styles. I spot icons in old-gnome-style, tango-style, bluecurve-style and this new fedora-style. Seems like you landed up in interface hell! :)


Right, but note this is a test release..... AKA 'not polished.' Let's be fair here. If you run a test release....

Sorry if I came out sounding a bit silly.
Anyway, regarding icons on the Linux desktop in general, we´re all in interface hell. Bluecurve tried to fix this problem [1], but was unsuccessfull (because noone ever released any sources I´ve been told) and now the Tango project is giving the idea another try.
Perhaps it would be nice to discuss this during GUADEC.
1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluecurve
- Andreas


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