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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: [UX][DESIGN EXPLORATION] - flat application icons
Date Mon, 08 Jul 2013 03:15:57 GMT
Another option would be to ditch the single gull and have a flat orb in the upper left corner,
in its original colors. The desktop icons might need to be toned down a bit to not clash.
 Likewise for the document icons, which don't scale well with those gradients.  (Also, when
did "OpenOffice" get two tones.  Was I sleeping?)

This works to indicate that Apache OpenOffice is the associated application.  It also works
when there are other decorations, such as a lock or signature security indicator, other indicators
that tend to be overlain on the lower left corner.

Some do it differently, especially for large icons associated with documents.  The format
may be identified in the upper left (e.g., "PDF") and the associated application is indicated
in the main symbol (Acrobat Reader).  Microsoft uses generic icons for word-processing, spreadsheet,
presentation, e-mail applications, etc.  There is then a single-letter badge that indicates
the application when it is a Microsoft associated format.  For Apache OpenOffice having the
orb as a badge on each of our designs serves a similar purpose.  

It occurs to me that the page surround is not needed.  The larger versions of the inscribed
symbol can be used on its own, with the orb in the corner of those.  They might be borderless
then, apart from the shape of the central symbol, and the page curl could go away.  (Whether
a simple document-page surround is used on large icons, such as 64-bit ones, is a different
matter.  That option remains.)

The difference between a template and the document icon is pretty subtle.  I get the tear-off
from a pad of paper, but only because that is the only way I can explain it to myself.  With
uninscribed icons (other than the colored framing of the different symbols), maybe the difference
is for the template graphics to be with dotted or dashed lines rather than solid.  Just grasping
at straws here.

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Kevin Grignon [] 
Sent: Sunday, July 7, 2013 06:43 PM
Cc: dev
Subject: Re: [UX][DESIGN EXPLORATION] - flat application icons

I think we should explore the icons with and without the gulls. 

Let's see what the feasible options look like before we drive towards a single solution. 


On Jul 7, 2013, at 5:09 PM, janI <> wrote:

> On 7 July 2013 22:56, Andrea Pescetti <> wrote:
>> Samer Mansour wrote:
>>> I've thrown my icon set up again if you are interested in using it or
>>> altering it, let me know.
>>> AOO4+-+Desktop+Icons<>
>> They are quite nice, and they fit well with the flat orb.
>> I would keep the gull(s) since this is a distinctive feature of
>> OpenOffice. I'm not sure about the black outline in the last row icons
>> (those suggested for templates), it seems a bit cluttered.
> The gulls should be like the orb, and not reduced to a single gull.  That
> way the gulls becomes the theme that follow our product throughout.
> I like the icons as such.
> rgds
> jan I.
>> Regards,
>>  Andrea.
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