[Tango-artists] Icons for inclusion

Rodney Dawes dobey at novell.com
Sat Mar 10 05:11:45 PST 2007

Perhaps it could use some touch-ups, sure. But I think the metaphor does
in fact make sense. It is a category icon, not an tool, process, or
product icon. All persons on a construction site, must wear hard hats.
They don't all have to carry or use hammers, nails, screwdrivers,
fishing wire, or many of the other things used in the construction of a

Perhaps a toolbox would be a somewhat better metaphor though. Given that
it contains tools for building software.

-- dobey

On Fri, 2007-03-09 at 13:47 -0600, Nathan Willis wrote:
> As long as we're talking about coding metaphors, I have to give my
> thumbs-down to the yellow hard hat metaphor -- it, too, is entirely
> indistinct at small sizes, and even at larger sizes it lacks the
> "distinct shape" Rodney mentioned, as well as detail and contrast.  Is
> it a lemon? A tennis ball?  A gumdrop?  And even if it is recognized
> eventually as a hard hat, it doesn't communicate.  Hard hats are
> safety gear, not tools, not process, not product.  At the very least,
> if you are going with the "construction work" metaphor, a hammer is
> more visually distinctive and more appropriate. 
> Just wanted to get that off my chest.
> Nate

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