How to retain native application icons?

Rafael Laguna rafaellaguna at
Sun Jun 15 16:31:37 UTC 2014

The choose gnome icon theme. It retains "original logos". Or maybe their
icons don't resemble Windows enough and you think the folder will become

Don't speak about me. Let's look to ACYL icons, totally diferent. You
should thank to people like this author the time he spent on "modifying and
screwing up" the original logos just to bring users an homogeneous look for
their system, with no mixed balls, squares, triangles, romboids, and
infinite forms that, from a designer point of view, as mine, is a real and
complete shit.

And don't misunderstand me, I love Gnome icons and his creator, Jimmac, but
the purpose of an icon theme is make a pleasant and smooth visual
sensation. Don't give me lessons of design, I'm a designer and Box is a
concept (not a way of destructing logos) widely accepted. There's a thing
called "creative overall justification" or guidelines (did you read it
before using Box? I post these notes twice a year, on every Lubuntu
release: Every design
has one to explain things, like why we enclose logos in squares or use
circles, or whatever.

If you don't like a theme, just choose another. That is freedom.

Rafael Laguna
Lubuntu Artwork Team

2014-06-15 17:13 GMT+02:00 John Niendorf <john at>:

> Well I am new to the list, but this strikes me as, well, silly.
> Is the debate really over how someone chooses to display an icon on
> their system?
> If you like the "default" icons or are afraid of violating a trademark
> then by all means feel free to use whatever icon came with the
> for me I prefer icons that match my theme...
> John
> On 06/15/2014 04:29 PM, N. W. wrote:
> > well, I think customizing icons is a fine thing, as long as you only
> > customize things like folder icons or some arrows or buttons or
> > something like that.
> >
> > But logos? No, I think that's wrong.
> >
> > Why?
> >
> > Because logos are "trademarks". The app developers probably put a lot
> > of thought and work into making their logos and they probably were
> > striving for recognizability and identiy and so on.
> >
> > Now, look at your Audacious or Sylpheed or Thunar logos for example
> > (just three examples). They are completely different from the original
> > logo. You kinda damage the recognizability and identity with that.
> >
> > And that's what I do not like. I would like the application to have
> > their original logos.
> >
> > Regards
> >
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