[Design-team] [Echo Perspective] Presentation and user-desktop

Martin Sourada martin.sourada at gmail.com
Fri Aug 7 09:51:48 UTC 2009

On Thu, 2009-08-06 at 23:33 +0200, Kris Thomsen wrote:
> Hi Design-team, Echo Perspective artists!
Hi again.

> My name is Kris Thomsen, I'm 18 years old and from a little country in
> Northern Europe called Denmark. I have used Linux since 2005 and this
> year I started to contribute to Fedora - as it is my favorite. I'm the
> Danish translation maintainer, but now I am almost finished all the
> translations for Fedora 12 and want another little side-project to
> contribute to. I have chosed Echo Perspective, as I really liked the
> first icons Martin S. made.
> I am new in this area (art, icons and Inkscape) and have worked on the
> user-desktop icon today and I am now confident enough to show it to
> you ;-)
> http://code-geek.baah.dk/Echo/user-desktop-kt.png
> http://code-geek.baah.dk/Echo/user-desktop-kt.svg
> Please come with comments on this icon - I hope you like it.
And welcome to the Echo Project :)

You've addressed already all the comments I gave you on IRC and the icon
is very good. I think it would be also better if you made the frame in
32x32 also 1px (instead of the current 2px) wide, I think it will look
better. Now what I hadn't noticed in the png -- move the 256x256 16px
lower, the 48x48 icon 3px lower, the 32x32 2px lower, the 22x22 1px
lower and make the shadow in 22x22 more visible by expanding it and
making it more blurry. That's in order to be better aligned horizontally
with and look more consistent with folder icons. 

If you'd like you can also work further on the two icons that are
present on the desktop so they would look more like real icons, although
this would be probably only for 256x256 and 48x48 -- in smaller sizes
there isn't much place for adding more details ;-)

Now for Luya, Nicu and others who might want to comment on the icon.
I've suggested (along with other icons, but he chose this one) this icon
to Kris when he asked if he could help with Echo Perspective and
suggested that he use similar metaphor that is in GNOME-Colors [1] as
opposed to current Echo metaphor (not that is very different). I believe
it works better, and even though it is a little similar to
video-display, due to the different contexts in which these two icons
are used (device vs. directory/place) I believe they cannot be confused
by users. 


[1] http://code.google.com/p/gnome-colors/
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