[OS X Emacs] Aquamacs Emacs 2.0 - Icon survey

Stefan Vollmar vollmar at nf.mpg.de
Mon Jul 13 17:39:11 EDT 2009

Dear David,

On 12.07.2009, at 01:00, David Reitter wrote:

> please take part in our Icon survey - we'd like to get your feedback  
> regarding candidates for the new application icon for Aquamacs 2.0,  
> which is in development now.

My problem with the new icons is that they overemphasize "writing".  
Granted, Aquamacs is an "editor" - but it is a lot of other things at  
the same time: think org-mode or nXML-mode. I am also not fond of  
writing tools like cheap, blue biros (call me a snob; however, cheap  
pencils are fine with me). "Aquamacs" as text in the icon does not  
work well for smaller icons, this is particularly true for Icon #5. A  
minor point of criticism is the "white circle" in the animal's left  
horn. I certainly agree with Peter Dyballa that #12 is not suitable as  
Emacs is no painting application.

Icons #7-#14 suggest some sort of "artist's/college paper block"  
association. Maybe it is a personal thing, and I am apologizing  
immediately for this longish explanation - the "ripping things out  
nature" of these "paper collections" leaves a bad feeling with me and  
this is because I prefer a "lab-book" kind of document which works  
like a source code repository in
many respects.

I am actually quite fond of the current icon (and I would suggest to  
change some colouring details there). However, icon #4 is my favourite  
from the new collection (again, similar reasons as given by Peter  
Dyballa). Maybe with a different pen (I like pencils!) and a small  
cogwheel (or similar) to hint that this is a tool for way more than  
"just" writing.

Warm regards,
Dr. Stefan Vollmar, Dipl.-Phys.
Max-Planck-Institut für neurologische Forschung
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