[Bf-committers] Tango icons in release

Ton Roosendaal ton at blender.org
Sun Jan 7 12:04:45 CET 2007


Although Jimmac did do work that appears to have improvements compared  
to the old icons, there are also many issues in this design that don't  
make it ready yet for inclusion. I've not bothered with discussions on  
that topic, UI design typically ends with too long winded threads... so  
instead of criticizing, here's my minimal specs for an icon system in  

- create two basic sets, one (small icons) to be used like a 'font' and  
one larger (and scalable) to be used as 'toolbar icons'.
- keep track of usage for dark or bright or transparent backgrounds.
- create a meaningful usage of color (allow the software to alter color  
for additional messages).
- choose an original design, not by definition following traditions or  
conventions in other s/w, but based on a strong own conceptual visual  
language that suits Blender.

Note that we use in Blender icons now on the same size as text, so it's  
an extension of text even. Such icons best can have minimal color, and  
like fonts be used in black or white. (Compare Jimmacs video-play icons  
with how iTunes does it).
As an alternate set, we can define to have "Toolbar" icons, which are  
typically larger than fonts and should be scalable up to larger sizes  

If you look at how icons are integrated in well designed products like  
Modo or Motion you can learn a lot from it. That's the minimal standard  
I'd like to operate on.


On 7 Jan, 2007, at 2:06, Campbell Barton wrote:

> Hey, would we be able to include jimmacs tango icons in Blender 2.43?
> http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?t=82903
> Just a matter of adding in the PNG to the icons dir. though adding a  
> "Tango" theme in the dropdown would be nice also.
> - Cam
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