Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 2nd Aug 2009 20:12 UTC, submitted by kiddo
Gnome A common complaint about GNOME is that it has a certain fetish for icons. Menu entries, buttons - everything has an icon attached to it which often wastes space needlessly by making buttons larger than they need to be, as well as menus wider than they need to be. The good news (for me, at least) is that the next GNOME release will have all these icons removed.
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RE[2]: Noooo
by Ikshaar on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 14:17 UTC in reply to "RE: Noooo"
Ikshaar
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2005-07-14

molnarcs&soulblender: the question is if devs will have that option to show them or not or just remove them. It seems to be still in the air.

But I also disagree with two assumptions: there is a problem of space and and gnome pastel colors are too subtle.

- problem of space is - I guess - for small screens, aka netbooks and co. On regular desktop not so much. I don't want to waste space and the option to design themes with tight UI elements is fine. But just that an option. Not the norm.

- pastel colors: I guess another fundamental matter of taste. In the image you link molnarcs, some of the icons used primal colors (brigth red). I like clean icons and colored one but I do prefer a pastel colors theme to primal color theme.

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RE[3]: Noooo
by molnarcs on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 16:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Noooo"
molnarcs Member since:
2005-09-10

Yes, I see your point, especially with color palettes - it is indeed a matter of taste. Still, you can have two different color palettes, one more subdued for general use (applications, mimetypes, filesystems, etc) and one for more important actions (ok, cancel, print, quit, save, quit) - they don't have to be as vibrant as oxygen's action palette is, but making them different and thus noticable (and more usable on buttons) may still be a good idea.

It also makes sense to mark dangerous operations red - I'm not sure what actually DELETE means in Thom's screenshots. Does it mean what it actually says, or is it mean "move to trash" - the former is way more dangerous than the latter. And again, I think this is where the two-palette solution works well:

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/PZAKSMYYcMzwofVLwIaY4w?feat=di...

See how subdued the rest of the icons are?

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