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Vienna Icon

Postby romiq » Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:37 pm

Hi everyone!
I’m Roman, graphic designer from Russia. I’m using Vienna for about two months as my primary RSS-reader. Without a doubt, Vienna is a great app with many cool features, but I think that the current Vienna icon is outdated and needs to be replaced. And I’m trying to make a new icon. :) Here is what I did:

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Please, tell what you think!
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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby dirt farmer » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:09 am

I guess I never paid much attention before, but the old icon is sort of old and antiquated, isn't it?

I like yours. Maybe others here can also submit their entries. It can be a contest!

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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby David Munch » Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:05 pm

Absolutely love it! But then again I've never been a big fan of the current icon... :)
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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby thedazellama » Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:24 pm

Roman, I think you're absolutely right that the icon is outdated. Most notably, it's an icon of a tablet from a pre-iPad time. :)

I really like the coloring and bevel work. It incredibly well done. My only feedback would be that maybe the "logo" mark could be simpler and/or more reflective of what the app does?

I've been working on UI improvements for the app, and here's what I have so far (attached below). It is nowhere near the level of polish of what you've submitted, but I thought maybe we could cross-pollinate and come up with something better!

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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby barijaona » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:35 pm

I am among those who prefer icons which reflect the role of their applications.

If we could convey that Vienna brings news, I would be very happy...
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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby romiq » Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:33 am

Thank you all for your comments!
thedazellama, уour icon is really good! I like that you try to combine V letter and RSS logo. You're right, we should do a better Vienna icon. ;)
Most icons of RSS-readers used common symbols: the newspaper, a cup of coffee, eyeglasses, RSS-icon, sometimes all together (OMG!). This decision is understandable, because there are not so many metaphors of news delivery. But, unfortunately, it makes icons too similar to each other. So I tried to go the other way - to give up all metaphors and use the V letter as a sign, which will be well recognized anywhere. After your comments, I understood that really missed the purpose of the application. I will continue working in this direction.
And for God's sake, forgive me for my english! :)

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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby romiq » Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:08 pm

Working on an idea by thedazellama. Do you think the RSS icon is recognized?

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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby thedazellama » Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:38 am

Liking it. I liked the blue of your original one. I can send you a vector image of the V with the RSS broadcast waves if you'd like.

Also, your English is wonderful. Don't worry about it! :)

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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby thedazellama » Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:39 am

Here's a link to the AI file. If you need me to prepare an EPS file (if you don't have Illustrator) I can do that later tonight (in Los Angeles).

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/463712/Vienna% ... 20Draft.ai

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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby romiq » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:10 am

thedazellama wrote:Here's a link to the AI file.

Can you convert the letter into curves, I don't have the font you used :)

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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby thedazellama » Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:11 pm

Done. Same file.

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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby romiq » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:03 pm

Looks good :)

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PSD source (PS CS6, but there is nothing that didn't work in other versions):
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/892380/V-icon.psd

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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby sixthring » Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:58 pm

Really dislike the new icon. Compared to the other icons in the dock it is too minimalistic. The orange on white is just dreadful. The only time I want to see that combination is when a caucasian is deer hunting. The icon at the start of this thread or the original icon is better. Just my opinion.

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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby barijaona » Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:13 pm

I like the orange ones. Much needed contrast with Safari and Mail.
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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby AlanR » Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:43 pm

barijaona wrote:I like the orange ones. Much needed contrast with Safari and Mail.

I agree. The only issue I see is that the Icon looks kind of ragged in the pop up alert when new posts are received, other than that it's fine.

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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby slaterusa » Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:21 pm

I agree with the orange, there's waaaaay too many blue icons out there. Seems every week there's at least one new start-up with a revolutionary blue icon for their software :mrgreen:

also, i laughed at
The only time I want to see that combination is when a caucasian is deer hunting

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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby Frizlab » Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:26 am

I love the original icon posted by romiq!
And I do hate the current orange one. Yes many icons are blue. But it's not necessarily a bad thing! Vivid colors like red, flashy green, orange, etc. should be kept for entertainment apps (cf. Apple Human Interface Guidelines)

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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby dirt farmer » Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:02 am

sixthring wrote:Really dislike the new icon. Compared to the other icons in the dock it is too minimalistic. The orange on white is just dreadful. The only time I want to see that combination is when a caucasian is deer hunting. The icon at the start of this thread or the original icon is better. Just my opinion.

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Wow, I can see your unread count on your dock icon just fine.

Look at mine! Why is my number so minuscule? I'm on 10.6.8., by the way. Barijaona, can this be corrected? See below:

http://screencast.com/t/M1LAM4hLH


also, on an unrelated note, I have "check for newer versions of Vienna on startup" checked, yet this brand new beta did not appear on startup. FYI.

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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby barijaona » Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:49 am

dirt farmer wrote:
Wow, I can see your unread count on your dock icon just fine.

Look at mine! Why is my number so minuscule? I'm on 10.6.8., by the way. Barijaona, can this be corrected? See below:

http://screencast.com/t/M1LAM4hLH


Thanks for reporting this. I will investigate.
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Re: Vienna Icon

Postby sixthring » Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:03 pm

How about the first icon in this thread with the orang if you like.... but add the radio waves to the bulb tip of the V


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