[ubuntu-art] Please change "Delete" icon

Quim Calpe quim at kalpe.com
Sun Oct 8 22:36:11 BST 2006

On Sat, 2006-10-07 at 17:19 +0200, Nacho de los Rios wrote:

> The icon for the delete action seems to be a picture of a schredder, but
> a) It is not a very good picture, with too little contrast and detail to
> convey what it is, and much less what it means.
> b) I'm sure that the image of a shredder is NOT AT ALL what comes to the
> mind of 99.99% of the world's population when it comes to disposing of
> things so
> c) the purpose of the icon is totally baffling.
> Maybe in the US the association seems clear, but even that I doubt. I
> assure you that, in Spain, people will always wonder what that strange
> icon is for. And I'm sure that for anyone that has not received an
> overdose of american movies where the baddies shred the docs while the
> CIA agents are in the elevator, the image will be obscure at best, even
> if it were clearly drawn.

I'm also from Spain, and there are shredders in almost every office I've
been, it's not only an American association, but I see your point and I
think it's a valid one.

> Why not a simple trashcan? Almost everybody must know how a trashcan
> looks like and what is its purpose.

An orange trashcan would be more consistent across the desktop, wouldn't

> As for the use of the icon in Evolution, I'll post a separate mail. Here
> I'll just say that the relation between shredding and crumpling a piece
> of email and deleting mail or marking it as spam is far beyond tenuous.
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