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Summary of echo-icon-theme report on Virtual FUDCon

It was my first even conference on Virtual FUDCon which greatly saved time and money. In summary, echo-icon-theme will not be ready for Fedora 8 given the time constrains. Its guideline needs a rewrite started by Martin Sourada.

The icons are now residing on echo-icon-theme repository which facilitates the access for contributors looking to add/update the icons. It also means the wiki page for EchoDevelopment will no longer upload icons and will serve as reference. The mouse cursors are not in the repository yet but will be available shortly.

Mairin, Fedora Artwork team leader, suggested to use Tango guideline for icons smaller or equal than 24x24 while keeping the isometric view for 32x32 and above. Demitri Glezos thanked the team for the use of icons on his Transifex project. The set of icons is roughly 40 percent complete and users of other desktop environment like KDE are encouraged to test
them and provide ticket to track issues.

Be in mind the echo-icon-theme division team are fairly new in icon development so they are learning for the mistakes.

Comments

Máirín said…
Actually that's not quite accurate. :)

I suggested using the Tango icon artwork restyled to follow the Echo guidelines. A little different. :) But that's probably what you meant anyway, I just wanted to make sure it was clear.
Thanks for clarification. I just reread the logs and noticed the errors.
I should most likely bring this up on the list but as I have little time these days (total copout :) -

Full color icons bellow 32x32 never look good and almost triple the amount of work an artist needs to do instead of creating beautiful icons at higher resolutions. Working with two toned OLPC icons I can say simple icons look great at low resolution and often can mix with any theme as long as the shapes are similar. What I suggest is to explore doing black and white or gray scale for smaller icons and use the full color icons where they would have the most impact. This would of course necessitate coordinating with the desktop team so that larger icons are used more often so that the desktop does not look drab but I think it has a twofold advantage. First correct use of sharp black and white icons make the desktop look cleaner and less cluttered and second, in the long run it makes the work artists have to do much less. In fact if all they had to do was create high quality icons in order to make a nice looking theme there would be many more themes to choose from which looked complete.

Just a suggestion. Keep up the good work. (BTW look at MacOS X for good use of B/W icons)
True, J5. I posted your suggestion on fedora-art-list. The team is learning. BTW, the keyboard buttons for Echo icon theme are based from the XO hardware.

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