[ubuntu-art] Icon feedback
Frédéric van der Essen
fred at mentalwarp.com
Wed Jul 20 14:28:08 CDT 2005
Here is my review of the current icon theme after a few days of use :)
So i'll start with what i found especially nice :) no particular order.
* the theme is overal quite illustration oriented, i like the fact that
the icons for documents are like stamps, they have a nice white border
with some pretty illustrations. The fact that every document icon follow
theme give an "unity". I also like the fact that the illustrations
doesn't show the program icon or pointless text, but a more symbolic
*the colors are vivid and help a lot in quickly identifying the icon
Question : does these colors have any meaning, like "blue = media"
"gray= generic icon" "red= executable"
It looks like they don't, but maybe would it be nice to think about that ?
Here is now what i didn't liked :( no particular order.
*I don't understand why the video files doesn't follow the same rules
as the other documents. why doesn't they have the white borders ?
*the "gnome-fs-shared" and alike have icons that looks like servers, it
is quite confusing since they doesn't automatically point at servers,
they mostly point at "shared folders" In every other theme they use a
variation of the folder icon, i find it nicer and more logical that way.
It is especially nicer that way in the "network server" directory, where
there is real servers and shared folders mixed.
*Sometimes the icons are too
"shiny/glossy/plastic/KDE-ish/Linspired/etc..." It doesnt fit well with
the GTK theme. I don't know what will be the next metacity theme, i read
that it will be a variation of clearlooks, wich isn't glossy at all. The
too shiny icons also doesn't fit well with the third party applications
- Specifically the folder icon, gaim icon, firefox icon, are looking
* I, _personally_ , don't really like the folders and compressed folders
icons. the folder icon is too shiny and has a color that doesn't go
well with alternatives desktop background. the open box for the
compressed folder has a too "complex" shape, and the colors have the
To make things more clear i tried to change the icons to my taste. You
can take this "patch" as a proposal, as ideas, or whatever you like :)
- Fred - efbie -
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