APR
20
2008

KOffice Logos & Icons

NLnet provided new KOffice logos (and it sponsors ODF development). Kudos for that!
To help readers of the announcement, let's note that application logo is not always equal to its icon.

For example it is not the case in KOffice 2. Look how logos of 4 koffice apps would look on the taskbar or window titlebar (16x16 size):
Try to find out what's what in ~1 second...

Edit [21 apr]: (I kept the text-under-icons because 1. In real world logos are not editable - once accepted - often you cannot alter their colors, remove elements, change their padding area.., 2. E.g. Kexi logo without the app name looks like "close" button "(x)". So, here are real KOffice icons for comparison: (16x16) , (22x22)

I've published a page presenting the excellent logos and Oxygen icons for KOffice applications as well as typical Oxygen document icons, side-by-side (click to visit the page):

Comments

I was kind of afraid that app icons would be too similar. Good to see that usability is a high priority! Nice work!

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By Gleb Litvjak at Sun, 04/20/2008 - 19:42

Sorry, but your icons up there are… well, a pretty stupid way of comparing them to “real icons”.

I don’t think anyone who supports having these logos as icons on the Dot, is thinking about including the text as well. Try to make icons without the text.

Some others even mentioned dropping the circle as well and just keeping the squiggles inside. Try to make those into icons and see if they are readable and differentiable.

I have a feeling they are going to be.


By ralesk at Sun, 04/20/2008 - 20:08

"Try to make those into icons and see if they are readable and differentiable."

Feel free to try this for yourself. I am not motivated to try any other option others imagine, especially anonymous cowards commenting on the dot, specializing on setting colors of the bikeshed =>

Here you propose to replace the defacto guideline of Oxygen of setting photorealistic icons for apps with logos.
The point you may miss here is that many projects lack logo and use icon for it (e.g. on the website), not the other way around.


By Jarosław Staniek at Mon, 04/21/2008 - 07:24