[ubuntu-art] [Breathe] Folder icon

Nicolò Chieffo nicolo.chieffo at gmail.com
Sat Jul 4 12:43:49 BST 2009

mac_v: the icon looks good! but I would prefer the folder a bit more wide

Then I have a request to make a little change to the folder icon, and
I would like to discuss it with you.
The request comes from the difficulty to draw XDG folder icons (which
michote submitted today here [1]).

As you can see, it's hard to distinguish what's drawn inside small icons:
if the folder contains an "emblem" which is only based upon one single
object (such as music, pictures, videos, publicshare1) it's easier to
see the icon in 32x32, but for other icons (documents, downloads,
templates, publicshare2) only 48x48 are ok.
So the first thing I did was asking michote is to base the "emblems"
only on one single object (even in the 48x48 or scalable icon):
- downloads: only the down arrow
- documents: only one sheet with writings
- templates: only one sheet with a '+' inside
This would fix icons up to 32x32, so no additional "fix" is needed in
the folder icon.

BUT if you look at smaller than 24x24 icons, it's really impossible to
see what's inside the folder: the problem is because there's not
enough orange space (in height) to put "emblems" in.
In my opinion only 2 fixes are possible:
- move the "S" [2] a lot more to the left (starting from the biggest
icon), to gain enough vertical space without quitting the curved shape
of the front side
- remove the "S" starting only from 24x24 icons, so the top of the
front side will become straight to fit a bigger emblem

[1] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/BreatheIconSet/Submissions#Places
[2] with "S" I mean the curve that starts in the middle of the icon
and splits the white part from the orange part

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