Apps lens icon is not intuitive

Bug #1060318 reported by Jeremy Bicha on 2012-10-02
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Ayatana Design
unity-lens-applications (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Perhaps the most important icon in the lens bar is the apps lens as it lets you see all of your installed apps. Unfortunately, the icon is difficult to understand.

I'm guessing that the icon is a ruler, a pen/pencil, and a paintbrush because it seems a derivative of the Accessories or Utilities icons used by KDE or GNOME2. But we don't ship a painting app (like Gimp) or a measuring app by default.

Other Art
Both Android and GNOME Shell represent "All Applications" with several squares.

GNOME uses 9 squares:

Android 4.1 is using a circle with 6 squares (3 on the top row, 3 on the bottom row):

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.10
Package: unity-lens-applications 6.6.0-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.5.0-16.25-generic 3.5.4
Uname: Linux 3.5.0-16-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.6.1-0ubuntu1
Architecture: amd64
Date: Tue Oct 2 12:43:30 2012
SourcePackage: unity-lens-applications
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :
Debra Virden (teddydlv) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to make Ubuntu better. Since what you submitted is not really a bug, or a problem, but rather an idea to improve Ubuntu, you are invited to post your idea in Ubuntu Brainstorm at where it can be discussed, voted by the community and reviewed by developers. Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion!

Changed in unity-lens-applications (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
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