color regression: no colors in default panel icons

Bug #450825 reported by Kees Cook on 2009-10-13
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
humanity-icon-theme (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: humanity-icon-theme

The default panel icons have lost all their color, making them difficult to see and understand. (E.g. volume and signal indicator use grey vs light-dark to indicate levels!) This is a regression from Jaunty where the icons were colorful like the rest of the panel, menus, and desktop. All modern video cards made this century can handle 32bit color -- dropping to grey-scale as the default seems to be a mistake. The prior panel icons used color to fill in empty grey bars for volume/signal, etc. This appears to be a regression in that it wildly deviates from the expected theme; to quote: "elementary icons is one of the most recognized and influential icon themes in the open source world."

This should be fixed in conjunction with bug 450809, which is another color regression.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: amd64
Date: Tue Oct 13 16:05:16 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
Package: humanity-icon-theme 0.4.1ubuntu3
PackageArchitecture: all
 PATH=(custom, user)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-13.44-generic
SourcePackage: humanity-icon-theme
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-13-generic x86_64

Kees Cook (kees) wrote :
tags: added: regression-potential
Vish (vish) wrote :

This was a design decision. The reasons where:
- The notification area icons a constant presence and the use of color draws undue attention to these icons.
- But rather , if the use of color [red] is restricted to only errors and warnings, when these icons gain color for the errors and warnings more attention is grabbed by these icons , which would lead the users to react more quickly.

Marking it as incomplete , because , any change for Ubuntu needs to be directed by the UX team.

Changed in humanity-icon-theme (Ubuntu Karmic):
status: New → Incomplete
Kees Cook (kees) wrote :

Crash report icon is light grey. It should at least be red by this design. :P

Changed in humanity-icon-theme (Ubuntu Karmic):
status: Incomplete → New
Vish (vish) wrote :

Nice catch ;)
Could you file a separate bug for that? We can push the fix by today.

Loïc Minier (lool) wrote :

See also bug #430277 for discussion of this topic.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package humanity-icon-theme - 0.4.1ubuntu4

humanity-icon-theme (0.4.1ubuntu4) karmic; urgency=low

  [ Kenneth Wimer ]
  * Moving this to ubuntu-art-pkg team
  * Editing apport icon to red ; LP: #450825 .
  * Adding 24px Bluetooth icon and renaming previous greyscale icon to
    bluetooth-active. Removed app icons from Humanity-Dark which are no longer needed ; LP: #437162
  * Edits to user status icons to avoid using English characters in the bubbles ; LP: #439743
  * Adding gpm-* icons ; LP: #449334
  * Adding U1 icons ; LP: #438641
  * Correcting drive-* label ; LP: #436462
  * Different icons for volume mute and volume-0 , LP: #444548
  * updated to include various small changes to documents-*, synaptic actions
  * merged into release packaging and ready for upload

  [ Martin Pitt ]
  * debian/control: Add Vcs-Bzr: header.

 -- Kenneth Wimer <email address hidden> Wed, 14 Oct 2009 19:05:08 +0200

Changed in humanity-icon-theme (Ubuntu Karmic):
status: New → Fix Released
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