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Hi Bernhard, Jaron, Ivan, Björn, ... :-)

Some days ago, I promised to help with the icons - thus I re-read all
the feedback provided so far, and put together another proposal for

The design is heavily based on the work by Bernhard, so please expect
some familiar look ... on the other side, the devil is in the details.
I've run into some problems when I worked on the different sizes,
therefore I had to adapt some details which took quite some while ;-)

But you may first want to have a look at it, right?

Am Mittwoch, den 05.01.2011, 00:23 +0100 schrieb Bernhard Dippold:
Hi Jaron, *

thanks for your comments!

Jaron Kuppers schrieb:
I am not able to try my hand at anything at the moment but I would recommend
you try horizontal binders, similar to the small icon.  Perhaps a gradient
can give the binders a 3D ring effect.
If anybody has the time to volunteer for a first draft of one or another 
binder image (sorry, Jaron, that you can't :-( ), this would be great!

Here is some more information, e.g. the changes in comparison to
Bernhard's last design proposal ...


Document / Application Icons
      * Document Symbol (basis icon):
              * Shadow added --> matches (at least a bit) the icon
                guidelines of the different platforms
              * Resized background within symbol --> avoids problems for
                template icons and for the different icons sizes in
              * Removed "inner shadow" filters --> avoids alien look,
                solves some problems for small sized icons
      * Application Symbolism (Writer): 
              * More "block style" text with thicker lines to match the
                rest of the (too) strong Document Symbol
              * Picture "landscape" is manually drawn (the last one
                seemed to be a traced photo) --> harmonized color
                palette better matches the LibO style

Template Icons
      * Document Symbol:
              * Binders and a tear-off edge have been added (the "in
                between" proposal Bernhard asked for?)
              * Colored contour according to the application color -->
                more consistent in my personal point-of-view
              * Gray area within the document symbol
      * Application Symbolism: Same like before, but some transparency
        added (75%) --> mimics the ODF icons behavior and works better
        with the gray background

      * Highly reduced complexity (incl. adapted application symbolism
        for 16px version)
      * No shadow --> each icon uses maximum height
      * Accent colors are used for the applications --> more vivid
      * I'm totally unsure if the HC icons will work --> Does anybody
        have some experience with that? Help appreciated ...

      * Each of the document icons is adapted to it's size and thus
        pixel-perfect (at least, I've tried ...) 
      * Only few color gradients used --> eases work in Inkscape 

And some points I'm not that happy with:
      * The TDF symbol is still very strong and the derived icons might
        look a bit alien on some platforms. But, it will work for one or
        two releases and it'll help us to spread the good TDF news :-)
      * The layout of the document symbol and the application symbolism
        is a bit unbalanced, although (or because) I've reserved a fixed
        rectangular area for it at the bottom.
      * High Contrast version of the template icons are not that
        distinctive. It might help to change the basis symbol, but then
        we get "incompatible" with the TDF icon we chose initially.

What do you think, might that work?

Anybody who might join to bring some life to the rest (quite some
number) of icons?


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