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Re: Call for new forum icons

Permanent link to this post Posted by WalkerD » Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:46 pm

Ah, Cool that someone posted some icons :) (I had reduced time to work on my ones, sorry.. ..it was taking me some time since I was doing all from scratch).

I have time this weekend so I may work on it a bit more ...I'm also working on a upgrade on the logo and the title design (it's more of an upgrade than a redesign, even though it's also a redesign).. I may probably post it all here as I'm done.. I don't know if a new thread is necessary.


Btw, I did a fast search in some icons from David, and found out that the ones I searched for are under "Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0" license.

In short, that means that you don't need to ask permission for using the icons, but you need to link to the provider's site (icons8.com in this case), from any page you use the icons on. Also, alter, transform, or build upon the original icons is not allowed under this license.

Hope that the License's limitations are ok for you guys though, so you can use David's icons.


I don't want to sound rude by pointing this things out though (sorry if I did). I just checked this details here, cause coincidentally, I had similar problems when helping another game forum I'm part of, when choosing a free icon pack to use (we ended out discarding some icon options, due to license limitations).
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Re: Call for new forum icons

Permanent link to this post Posted by Gale Andrews » Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:48 pm

Thanks David. I really don't think we can use non-standard OS icons, whatever else we do. The GNU/Linux icon in particular is unrecognisable.

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Re: Call for new forum icons

Permanent link to this post Posted by uxdavid » Thu Aug 20, 2015 3:50 pm

I've applied some corrections, in particular to the GNU LINUX and MAC OS X icons. Now they're the official ones, so, there should be no problem about understandability.
I repost the link to the shared folder:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id= ... sp=sharing

Thanks guys, talk to you soon!

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Re: Call for new forum icons

Permanent link to this post Posted by Gale Andrews » Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:07 pm

uxdavid wrote:I've applied some corrections, in particular to the GNU LINUX and MAC OS X icons. Now they're the official ones

Thanks, David. The colour of the Windows one is not a colour that Microsoft uses, as far as I can tell. For Windows (as opposed to Windows Phone) the colour should be this:

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Re: Call for new forum icons

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:25 pm

I'd be happy to try these new icons out (with the Windows icon in the "official" colour) for a limited period so as to see what they look like in situ and hopefully get some user feedback. Any objections to me doing that?
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Re: Call for new forum icons

Permanent link to this post Posted by Gale Andrews » Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:26 pm

As before, no objections from me to a trial, using the "more official" OS icons.

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Re: Call for new forum icons

Permanent link to this post Posted by uxdavid » Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:10 am

Ok, everything is updated (windows icon included) ;)

here is the link:
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id= ... sp=sharing

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Re: Call for new forum icons

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:31 am

Thanks for the updated icons uxdavid. As you have no doubt noticed, I have put them into the forum for a trial period so that we can gather feedback from forum users.

There has already been some "off-list" comments from some of the moderators and helpers on this forum, which I will attempt to summarise. Note that these views do not necessarily represent the views of all of the forum crew, just the feedback that I've received so far. It would be nice if we also got some feedback from users of the forum (invitation for forum users to comment ;))

There is overall agreement that the choice of images depict the topic that they are intended for, though there is concern that they don't fit well with the overall look of the forum.

In particular, the chosen shade of blue looks garish against the pink (example near top of page), though that may be more about the use of pink. On the index page the blue is noticeably less green than other blues on the page, which looks a bit odd in context. Although I note that your choice of blue was based on the use of blue in the Audacity logo, the relevance is not immediately apparent as it represents just one of the three strong colours (and is a lighter shade of blue).

I think that you have successfully maintained a consistent style across the range of icons, though there have been comments that they look a bit "blocky". To quote one comment: "They might work on a modern looking site with large blocky elements"

There was also a practical consideration raised by one of the moderators, which was that with just one colour, the individual icons are less distinctive, so it is less easy to recognise at a glance the specific forum board that you are looking for.

In summary, the icons themselves are clear and have a consistent style, (both are qualities that we want), but that the monochrome style does not fit well with the overall look of the forum. One solution would be to redesign the entire forum, but I'd rather not go down that road at the present time due to other priorities (such as helping to get Audacity 2.1.2 ready for release).

I hope that this feedback is constructive, and invite others to comment while the icons are still up on the forum.
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Re: Call for new forum icons

Permanent link to this post Posted by uxdavid » Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:33 am

Dear Steve and forum users and helpers, thanks for your feedback!

(1) The blocky style is the most widespread style nowadays, and it communicates clarity. I have created it with the newbie user in mind, because details mean a lot when new users approach a new forum: the up to date taste for icons can be a big incentive for the new Audacity user, because the hard corners give the user a sensation of competence :) It will add up to the big competence already present in this forum! :)

(2) I have tried a non-monochrome version of the iconset ( basing on the light-blue gradient you have on the background of the forum header) and it makes things really awful, even if more consistent at first sight. That why I've come to the solution of dark blue - which you correctly noticed derives from Audacity logo. The dark blue, as you noticed, creates a contrast with the pink background: it is intentional, because now the "section descrption" acquires prominence and visibility - making its content look more important. In any case, your suggestions on different colors are welcome! :) In my choice, I have done some in-depth study on color coordination but I'm open to better ideas! :)

(3) I think that the difficulty of creating contextually-meaningful symbols can only dissipate through gradual visual evolution, i.e. No need to create a new forum theme, but this little change in "taste" is going to enable everybody to make more up to date choices tomorrow. And I'm very curious to read your ideas! :)

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Re: Call for new forum icons

Permanent link to this post Posted by uxdavid » Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:04 am

I have uploaded on the second iconset theme I had created, in order to test it before pushing it to you.

The different iconset items have the name "iconset2_" before their filename.
Check it and tell me if it's better (it looks more coherent to me, but it has less visual prominence, which may be a good thing for certain viewpoints)

The link, as usual: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id= ... sp=sharing

Waiting for your suggestions and feedback (thanks!)

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