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Hi Tobias!

First I want to wish you a warm welcome! I'm sure you'll have too many good experiences and learnings as I'm having since I recently became part of this group. :D

About change the mimetype icons, I believe that Christoph's words already expressed all my thinking about it. If you have a look in the past wiki archives, you'll find many proposals and different ideas that came from all community and they grew up and evolved to the current icons. But, as everything in the open source world, propose new and refreshing ideas is ever welcome; since they add improvements based in past experiences.

Personally, I'm a fan of Faenza icon set and i'm using it under Ubuntu there are some months already. But I think the Faenza's don't fit very well with others icon sets, since they have its own "look and feel" (seems a lot like IPhone icons...). And we must to keep the most of nativeness in every platforms. So I think the choice for using the symbol from The Document Foundation is a accurate decision to stay on. And I think it include to keep the borders around the document symbol.

On your other suggestions, I personally think pictograms are really great in small icons, when you need say something accurate in a small space. But in the big icons they seems a bit out of place, giving much less information than they could/should. The fine artistic details are one of the best things I see in the Faenza icons. But I agree with your third suggestion. Some color (maybe less saturated than your first proposal [1]) would make the icons more vivid and friendly. These days I'm back to my work, so I'm unable to try this, so if you could, it would be great. :)

I hope to see you doing more suggestions, showing more proposals and helping us like you're doing. :D Thank you for your interest!

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On 08-02-2011 13:37, Tobias Bernard wrote:

first of all, i'd like to say that i love libreoffice and would like to
help you guys in some way.

these days, i've read that the new libreoffice icons are going to look
like this:

i don't know if the icons will remain that way, but personally, i don't
like how they are now. In my opinion, the main problems are:
- the colored border: it's fine for blue and green, but yellow and
orange look really bad
- the pictograms inside the sheets: too comlex, too many colors that
don't go with the border color

so, my major suggestions are:
- leave the border black/grey for all the icons
- choose some simple, monochromatic pictograms for the single programs
- maybe color the inner part of the sheet, instead of the border

i did these faenza-inspired libreoffice icons, because i didn't like to
see the openoffice faenza icons on my gnome-desktop. When you see them,
you'll have an idea of what I mean.

if that's possible, I'd like to help improving the icons, which i think
don't have yet the style they deserve.
i work with inkscape and gimp on ubuntu maverick.

tobias bernard

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