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From Samer Mansour <>
Subject Re: [UX][DESIGN EXPLORATION] - flat application icons
Date Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:21:07 GMT
Hi Everyone, took another stab:

Upon scaling down, I can tweak line thicknesses to create sharper small set
icons, I only scaled cheap to get this draft out on the mailing list for

Here are my thoughts when creating those:

Flatter, sharper, more contrast, less gradients.
People mentions circle is part of the brand, note taken and implemented.
People mentioned too many gradients, I created this icon set back in
December 2012 before we were inspired by the flat idea. Gradients have been
Someone mentioned shoot the birds, so I played Duck Hunt with them.
Someone said my icon for Impress was less than, I choose not to act on it
for the time being.
I like the oblique styling on the Sigma, that's what the person building
the shed wants to do.
Jurgen mentioned boarders too dark, I forgot to lighten them, but can in
future iterations.
Rob mentioned templates to be dotted, did it, works.  And its still similar
enough for 3.x users to transition to.

If time is running out, we can do just the main application icon for now.
I'm ok with doing these for 4.1

On Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 7:25 AM, Andre Fischer <> wrote:

> On 08.07.2013 09:30, J├╝rgen Schmidt wrote:
>> On 7/8/13 3:42 AM, Kevin Grignon wrote:
>>> 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.
> I agree.  This is something that should not be rushed.
>  in general I would agree but I see already a tendency to icons with
>> gulls, one or two. We should focus on this.
>> And if we want to introduce these icons in 4.0 we don't have time at all
>> for weeks of further exploration. The deadline was already July 1th.
> Then I would like to propose to move the integration of the new icons to
> 4.1.  That gives us enough time to select the best icon proposal, make the
> necessary changes, and integrate them into AOO. All this takes time and
> should not be done under time pressure
> I personally like Kevin's icons a bit better.  Cleaner and simpler. But
> Samer's icons are also nice.  Maybe we can get a mix of both?
> Some observations:
> Kevin's icon for Calc (the green one) and Samer's icon for master
> documents (or templates?, the blue one on the top left)  look like older MS
> windows icons to me.
> Samer's icon for Math: I would prefer an upright (not oblique or cursive).
>  The oblique (cursive) variant looks somehow a little strange to me.  See
> also:**Summation<>
> Regards,
> Andre
>> But if we can agree on new icons until Wednesday and are able to provide
>> a svg for each we can try to integrate them in time. But it's of course
>> tiny.
>> Feedback to the icons
>> I like them but would remove the black border or at least convert it to
>> a grey one, a more soft one. And in case of templates I would do the
>> same and would remove the black line between the colored bar on top and
>> the content part below.
>> Juergen
>>  Kevin
>>> 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<https://****
>>>>>> display/OOOUSERS/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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