Wednesday, February 22, 2012
share like connect artwork
Plasma Active looks so nice in so many of the details, but there is one place that sticks out like sore thumb an which we really haven't been able to get replacement artwork for: those icons in the upper right corner.
The Home icon is nice enough and looks like it belongs. It won't be there on all Plasma Active devices either: on Spark we have a Home hardware key and so will probably be using that exclusively instead of an icon in the panel.
However, the Share, Like and Connect buttons are what we call "developer art". They were three icons chosen nearly at random from the default Oxygen icon set and re-purposed for this use case, even though they are not really designed for it at all. Every time I see them, I figure Nuno is off somewhere cursing me. And so he should. ;)
So here's a call to participation for all the artistic people out there: can you create three beautiful icons that look like they belong in the Plasma Active panel and communicate the concepts of Share, Like and Connect?
On IRC, Stecchino pointed me to this example of the apparently(?) universal symbol for share. So there are good starting points for inspiration.
Send your concepts and proposed icons to the Plasma Active development mailing list: active at kde dot org. (Oh, and don't let the term "develpoment" fool you: it's where the programmers, UI designers, artists, packagers and testers all hang out and work.)