Applications/Electronics icon is not clear, and metaphor is bad

Bug #552656 reported by Peter Clifton on 2010-03-31
This bug affects 1 person
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humanity-icon-theme (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: humanity-icon-theme


This icon is unintelligable at the menu size - you can only make out the spaner, and what on earth does a spanner have to do with electronics anyway?

Although pretty minimalist, what is wrong with the electronics category icons (various sizes) installed by the "extra-xdg-menus" package?

They use a couple of electrical component symbols as the metaphor, and are easily recognisable in all size renderings.
(Full disclosure - I drew them, but I'm not particularly attached to them... I just think the Humanity icon is poor).

Vish (vish) wrote :

Well , i'm not aware of the icon from the "extra-xdg-menus" , the current icon was from a contributor and I ain't attached to it either ;-) [just seemed better than having none ]

If you could post the svg icons here , I can have a look and update them /if/ they are better :-)

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

Also ,i wasnt aware the icon was being used in the menus. Else a 22/24px icon would have been included

Peter Clifton (pcjc2) wrote :

The "extra-xdg-menus" package provides a .menu file to modify the layout of the menu, boosting the "electronics" category to a root menu status.

The icons I drew for extra-xdg-menus are pretty simple and perhaps don't fit with the Humanity theme 100%. They are installed in the "hicolor" theme area when extra-xdg-menus is installed.

I'll attach the files...

Peter Clifton (pcjc2) wrote :
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Vish (vish) wrote :

Thanks for attaching those , however , as you mention they do not fit in Humanity.
The current electronics icon was mainly meant for software center categories , and adding such an icon would stick out .

And i dont really agree with the use of the symbols.[people would be expected to know the symbols] Using an electronics board is much easily recognizable.
If you have any other suggestions , do suggest one :-)

Vish (vish) wrote :

Since the icon doesnt have a 24/22px size , I'v added those icons. Will atleast fix the blurry icon in the panel.

If you have an alternate suggestion for a better metaphor , do let us know :)

Changed in humanity-icon-theme (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Incomplete → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package humanity-icon-theme - 0.5.2

humanity-icon-theme (0.5.2) lucid; urgency=low

  * Purge Old Orange from every sane location; (lp: #559263, #559965)
  * Microsoft Office icons aren't used for OOXML files; LP: #555055
  * Media controls in all sizes; LP: #516077.
  * Icons for krb-auth; LP: #535040.
  * Applications/Electronics icon is not clear; LP: #552656.
 -- <email address hidden> (K.Vishnoo Charan Reddy) Tue, 12 Apr 2010 21:00:20 +0530

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