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
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 ) 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!
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
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.
Paulo José O. Amaro
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