How to retain native application icons?

Rafael Laguna rafaellaguna at
Sun Jun 15 18:42:08 UTC 2014

I think my last answer was too rough. My apologies if you got offended.
It's just that sometimes the concepts of design are difficult to
understand, or even totally misunderstood. If you are new to Linux you'd
find a lot of things really different from other operating systems.

So, I "dare" you to test other themes, desktop and systems, to see which
one fits your needs. Maybe a "changeling" desktop metaphor is not for you.
So, again, sorry.

Rafael Laguna
Lubuntu Artwork Team

2014-06-15 18:31 GMT+02:00 Rafael Laguna <rafaellaguna at>:

> 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
> unrecognizable?
> 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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