[OS X Emacs] Aquamacs Emacs 2.0 - Icon survey

Joseph C. Slater PE, PhD joseph.slater at wright.edu
Tue Jul 14 10:14:36 EDT 2009

On Jul 13, 2009, at 5:59 PM, Enrico Franconi wrote:

>> 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.
> I agree with the arguments below: I do prefer the current icon (#1).
> --e.
> On 13 Jul 2009, at 23:39, Stefan Vollmar wrote:

I thought that I would be alone so I said nothing. I think that the  
simpler the better. the detail actually obscures the icons because  
they are so small. The current icon is very very distinct from  
anything else in my doc and thus is the most useful.

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