[texworks] About the Icon Design (was: Icon Update)

Jonathan Kew jfkthame at googlemail.com
Tue Jul 14 13:15:09 CEST 2009

On 14 Jul 2009, at 09:56, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Le 14 juil. 09 à 01:23, Jérome Laurens a écrit :
>> An icon following these rules as well as Mac OS X quidelines could  
>> be something like
>> <texworks.png>
>> - clearly related to TeX
>> - the pen to indicate that this app is for making documents (the  
>> pen is standard on Mac OS X for such apps)
>> - the square ruler in the background is used to diminish transparency
>> it refers to geometry and measurements and as a tool it may also be  
>> related to "works".
> Again a nice illustration of your icon design skills. Very nice!

Yes, beautiful -- which is no surprise, having seen Jérôme's other  

Personally, though, I'm inclined to stay with Stefan's design, for a  
couple of reasons. I like the solidity (icons with holes in can be  
frustrating, when you inadvertently "click through" the holes and  
nothing happens); I like the simple, easily-recognized shape that  
survives scaling even down to very small icon sizes, while at the same  
time having a design with enough visual interest at large sizes; and I  
like its potential for use as a "badge" element on document icons,  
which I think would more be difficult with the "TeX + pen" design at  
small sizes.

None of this means that I don't like Jérôme's icon; it's a beautiful  
piece of work, and I'd agree that it is a more "Mac-like" application  
icon. But TW isn't just (or even primarily) a Mac application, so I  
don't want to give much weight to that aspect. And I suppose partly  
I'm reacting against the use of the word "TeX" as the primary element  
of the icon -- it just feels like something that's been done before  
(though not usually with such a stylish result, I admit!), and I  
prefer the more subtle reference of Stefan's T.

But I don't consider myself qualified to choose among such diverse  
designs -- both excellent, but completely different ideas. Please,  
anyone with opinions, preferences, suggestions..... let's hear them!


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