@Jendrzych fixed a lot, and did a lot of work to bring us a new icon set for 2.8. However myself and many others believe the design goals behind them, namely their being mono-colour, are flawed and detract from the user experience in a desire to simplify things, and make the icons easier to create.
In an effort to give us an alternative to the mono-coloured icons Jendrzych made for 2.8, I’ve been adapting his icons to include a splash of colour, and an outline.
This is where I’ll post my progress, and ask for feedback.
If you open the svg in another tab, I will warn chrome doesn’t display them entirely correctly (not sure about other browsers), it seems it doesn’t like clipping masks so the outlines appear thicker than they should for some icons.
- Icons get a black outline, if the interior is bright, or a light outline if the interior is dark. Sometimes both. This means all icons will work with any theme regardless of colour. It also slightly shrinks the icons, which overall adds more negative space between icon lists, but can make maintaining shape slightly difficult.
- In order to keep new icons relatively easy to create, these icons should match the look and style of icons that are purely white with a black outline.
- Colour should be added to aid in understanding icons, and distinguishing neighbouring icons. As such, not every icon needs colour.
- Colour-coding is secondary, as most places it adds little that the shape or context does not already handle. This also prevents us getting bogged down trying to over-categorise everything.
- Colours should be bright and not overly saturated, appearing more like a tinted white, this aids in matching coloured icons and non-coloured ones into a cohesive set. It also should keep icons reasonably theme-able.