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Hi all

I tried modifying official hicontrast theme (I choosed default one just
because it was in the repos and easy to test )
. Hicontrast is a good basis because It's maybe the more complete theme of
Here is the result for 5 icons :

I used Android Guidelines colors, as adviced by Mirek (I didn't choosed
well colored / non colored parts, but it's a first start to see whether
it's possible to have something OK based on highcontrast, easily)

I tried using little and big icons sizes, they are or too big or too little.

Link to high contrast theme :

So, how to decide whether we use - or not - monochrom icons ?


2012/2/22 Christoph Noack <>

Hi again,

I think I need to reply to my own mail ;-)

Am Mittwoch, den 22.02.2012, 19:29 +0100 schrieb Christoph Noack:
Hi all,

I'd like to avoid to give an opinion on whether a monochrome icon set
does make sense, but ...

Am Mittwoch, den 22.02.2012, 18:47 +0100 schrieb Kévin PEIGNOT:
In terms of implementation, i believe that it would be a save of
time and
effort if we begin with using an existing theme.
Great Idea. And then making one icon set (I mean color) and including
script in the software to generate the others colors ? Should we ask
on dev
mailing list if this is possible / if it would need lot of CPU/memory

I don't think that will work well given our massive number of icons and
the need for easy understandability. Even today, scalable icons (SVG)
are not used for small icon sizes, because these need to be tweaked by
designers to achieve reasonable quality. So, removing the information
channel "color" automatically might not lead to sufficient results.

Kévin, I've read your mail again and noticed that Mirek makes decent use
of colors in his mockup. That made me think of the High Contrast icons /
graphics I was working on some time ago - maybe a good starting point
would be the High Contrast theme. The number of colors is rather low, so
it should be possible to reduce the contrast a bit (maybe also
exchanging some colors), so that the desired effect of monochrome icons
can be realized rather easily.

Please have a look at one of the graphics (randomly chosen):

On the plus side, using the old Galaxy HC icons would bring us better
icon quality than we have today with the Tango set (that lacks some
icons in the less used places).

However, wouldn't be easiest thing to pick some icons and to use a
graphics program like "The Gimp" to apply some effects to continue the

Finally, sorry for the additional mail ...


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