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Issa, nice work. My first choice goes to the colored version. As additional argument, I was knowing that our brain is built to recognize the colors faster than the symbols and then symbols faster than text. If all the symbols have the same color, you need to decipher the meaning of few symbols to pick the one you want. So, ++ for colors from me.

You made the samples using the large version of icons and this is ok for now, but when creating the final icons, we must be sure they look very well at small size.

Emir, I agree with all your areas of concern and I think we'll resolve these step by step.

Kevin, it is a good idea to have color coded icons, but there is a catch: sometimes is better to create contrasts to highlight the significant element of an icon even if this requires to drop a rule you'd like to keep. For example, look at Spelling and Grammar / Auto Spellcheck icons. The only difference between them is that tiny underline. What if the first icon has the check mark gray? Maybe this is not the best example because here could be a better solution to differentiate, but the basic idea is this should be judged from case to case.

From my point of view, if everyone agree we need a colored version, I think our next step is to select the colors we want to use. The ones used in this mockup look somehow "sad" for my taste. What do you think? When this step is done, we should discuss the symbols that we think could be improved or we agree they have problems. (How do you think is easier to track the discussions around each icon? Should we create a new thread for any icon we want to analyze/debate? Or maybe is better to work in wiki pages to see together the icons, their history and the related comments?)


On 19.02.2013 22:45, Kévin PEIGNOT wrote:
Hi All

I (finally) found the proposal by Mirek for Color coded icons (included
in the fabulous Citrus UI proposals) :

I would like to know what people think of this idea. As I already sayed
long time ago, I personnaly think this adition could help find the
icon/fonction users are searching more easily. Anyway, If some people
think the idea is good, we could complete the flat icon set (maybe
reusing some of the faenza icons), then make user testing with this
color coded option.


Le mar. 19 févr. 2013 21:36:52 CET, Emir Yâsin SARI a écrit :
Looks absolutely fantastic!

19 Şub 2013 tarihinde 22:06 saatinde, Thibaut Brandscheid şunları yazdı:

On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 7:46 PM, Issa Alkurtass<>wrote:

Before we get any further with them I wanted to see what people thought of
the idea so I mashed together the buttons for the main toolbar
Since we don't necessarily want to go monochrome we can have our own
colored version of them as well


They look better then the current ones but the LO UI feels still cluttered
with so many icons displayed.

Areas of concern:
* Icon shape starts at different
highs<>(the printer button
is higher then the new-file button...)
* Icon lines are too thick and make them look a bit blurry
* The icons are a bit too round for my taste
* The UI of the drowdown menu feels out of place (all those thin lines)

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