[OS X Emacs] Aquamacs 2.0 icon survey - results
david.reitter at gmail.com
Thu Jul 16 14:03:03 EDT 2009
To those who participated in our icon survey: thank you.
The comments I received were diverse, and people picked a number of
favorites. However, the clear winner at this point is the current
(Aquamacs 1.x series) icon, the brown gnu (yak/horse) head.
Now, there are two things to consider regarding this survey: due to
brand recognition, there must be a bias for the existing logo.
Second, asking existing users for a ranking does not directly tell us
what the best icon for a new Aquamacs is or which one would give us a
bigger user base. With these points in mind, I asked you also for
your explanations in addition to a ranking.
Icon #6 is popular because it "stands out", i.e. is recognizable
compared to other icons in the Dock. Among the prevalent criticisms
for icons 2-5 were that there is too much clutter, and that Mac icons
normally don't communicate a message via a word (such as "Aquamacs").
Regarding the icons showing a notepad, especially #1, many
participants expressed that they see Emacs / Aquamacs as so much more
than just a notepad or a text editor. And while they sounded positive
about #1, they also pointed out that it is much less recognizable than
Thanks again for your feedback. I will initiate a discussion about
the way forward on aquamacs-devel. Join that mailing list to exchange
- David Reitter
http://aquamacs.org -- Aquamacs: Emacs on Mac OS X
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