In recent days Andreas, Gnastyle and me worked a lot to improve Breeze mimetype icons.
The changes could be categorized as shapes and colors. Andreas and Gnastyle worked on shapes and I polished them and added new colors. Here you can see a preview of the icons I propose. The colors are mainly from Breeze palette from Ken and hacked a bit. The idea is to recognize icons also by colors.
The points we (Andreas, Gnastyle and me) disagree are shape for executable files and icons for Office Open XML (MS Office 2007+ default formats):
I think that the most important thing is to make clear what is a file and what an application or anything else. That’s why my executable icons still look like files. Gnastyle thinks it’s more important to easily recognize the executable files in a folder with a lot of source files. I think my executable icon is enough recognizable and that you can always sort files by type in Dolphin and show them in groups, so it’s easy to find executables when needed.
About OOXML icons, I think we shouldn’t use Microsoft Office logos because:
1. we could have license issues update: they are copyrighted so we are not able to include them in Breeze
2. OOXML formats are not MS Office specific, IIRC Europen Union commissioned Microsoft to define them and they are currently used by other office suites like Libreoffice, the one we mostly use on GNU/Linux
Since these are big changes on icons KDE uses, I want to know thoughts from the community specially from people involved in products that use them, like Plasma team. I need to know:
1. if you like the direction for colors
2. about the executable files
3. about OOXML icons
It would be appreciated if everyone interested will subscribe visual-design mailing list and reply to the thread I’m going to start there.