[Tango-artists] Help for younger/international users?
John C Barstow
jbowtie at amathaine.com
Thu Nov 10 01:03:21 PST 2005
I've been watching the Tango project since it was announced,
periodically checking the icon gallery. I'm very impressed with what
I've seen, but I have a few quibbles about some of the items, that might
reflect the fact that I'm neither American or that terribly old. Of
course it might just be that I'm out of touch. :)
To start with, my daughter has *NEVER* seen a 3.5 floppy. I haven't seen
one or owned a computer that has a floppy drive for about a decade (used
to build my own machines most of the time). Is it really appropriate as
the document-save icon?
The input-gaming icon vaguely resembles a joystick (maybe it's based on
an arcade machine?). I doubt my daughter will ever recognise it as a
game controller. I would expect to see a gamepad or a more realistic
depiction, given how most of the other icons resemble real hardware.
I expected emblem-photos to be somehow connected to cameras or images;
image-x-generic for example looks like a framed photo to me and a good
candidate if it wasn't already in use. Instead we get a pill bottle
with a label being applied? Am I missing something?
The input-mouse icon looks eerily like a Microsoft brand mouse. Maybe we
could choose a more generic model for the icon? Or at least a model from
a less hostile manufacturer?
I don't get the connection between shirts and desktop themes
(preferences-desktop-theme) or the connection between paint and
wallpaper (preferences-desktop-wallpaper). Surely in the latter case the
concepts are diametrically opposed?
I was also wondering if the red-and-white life ring was internationally
recognised - I personally would have thought a question mark more intuitive.
It's not my intention to disparage anyone's work; and I know many of
these are adapted from existing icon schemes. I love the guidelines and
I think most of the icons are spot-on and attractive.
Thanks for reading this far and I hope my feedback is of use.
John C Barstow
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