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Coherency/Semantic use: change pure-information messaging-menu highlight colour from green to blue

Reported by Paul Sladen on 2011-03-23
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Bug Description

More semantic/meaning/science should be applied to use of colour in indicators. On aircraft (and spacecraft!) a colour system is used to convey purpose and to subconscious / conscious give an aide to prioritisation:

  Red: denotes critical issues
  Orange: denotes critical warnings
  Blue: denotes pure information.
  Green denotes that something is "now OK", or "approved".

In conjunction with bug #740540 ("Please redraw all of the Ubuntu Mono Icons"), the messaging-menu highlight (aka "new mail") envelope highlight colour should be changed from green to blue before it only provides pure information, and does not convey something that is either OK, or not OK.

(Documented further in discussions between Christian Giordano, Otto Greenslade, David Siegel and Mark Shuttleworth ~ 2010-06-11 and the original Ayatana thread suggestion starting ~1 April 2010:

  "[Ayatana] message indicator.(colour palette)"
  https://lists.launchpad.net/ayatana/msg01205.html

and other experiments done in mean-time, such as:

  Kazade's "Mellowing the Ubuntu Indicator Applets"
  http://blog.kazade.co.uk/2010/10/mellowing-ubuntu-indicator-applets.html )

See follow-up OMGUbuntu coverage:

  http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/03/ubuntu-panel-icons-get-subtle-refresh-for-natty/

Paul Sladen (sladen) on 2011-03-23
Changed in ubuntu-mono (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
summary: - Style: change messaging-menu highlight colour from green to blue
+ Coherency: change pure-information messaging-menu highlight colour from
+ green to blue

Example of a new-style blue pure-information indicator in use in the messaging menu indicator.

description: updated
summary: - Coherency: change pure-information messaging-menu highlight colour from
- green to blue
+ Coherency/Semantic use: change pure-information messaging-menu highlight
+ colour from green to blue
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubuntu-mono - 0.0.25

---------------
ubuntu-mono (0.0.25) natty; urgency=low

  [Daniel Foré]
  * Major complete redraw of all the mono icons:
    - use correct consistent colors (LP: #740900)
      + Red: Critical issues
      + Orange: Warnings
      + Blue: Pure information
      + Green: Approved or "now OK"
    - providing the correct sizes
    - providing the correct spacing
    - a minor style change.
    This changes were made at the last platform sprint under the
    supervision (and at the request) of Otto Greenslade. (LP: #740540)
  * Note that both 'ubuntu-mono-dark' and 'ubuntu-mono-light' are consistent
    enough to be transformed manually using regular expressions in the
    'ambiancetoradiance.sh' script.
    - This has to be run manually. Ideally the re-colouring step
      could be moved to be part of the package build process/Makefile.
 -- Paul Sladen <email address hidden> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 11:37:22 +0000

Changed in ubuntu-mono (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Paul Sladen (sladen) on 2011-03-23
description: updated

I don't think we need to orange bit any more. Red, green, blue, and
normal (with highlights). Thanks for putting this into action!

Paul Sladen (sladen) on 2011-03-23
description: updated
Changed in ubuntu-mono (Ubuntu):
milestone: none → ubuntu-11.04
description: updated
description: updated
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