Cataloguing & Converting Bluecurve Icons

Steven Garrity stevelist at
Mon May 22 21:43:45 UTC 2006

Is it fair to assume, then, that the Bluecurve icon style will live on?

Bluecurve has been a great style, but is starting to look a bit date. 
Over at the Tango project, the isometric perspective has been avoided 
based on it's visual complexity and the difficultly in 
creating/maintaining icons in such a perspective.

I would propose one of two options:

1. Adoption of the Tango icon library. The icons look good, there is 
active and eager maintainer-ship, and apps are starting to use the style 
(Sound Juicer, F-Spot, Banshee, Gimp, Inkscape, Scribus etc. ).

2. Adoption of the Tango *style* guidelines, while still keeping a 
custom icon set for Fedora. This would have all of the advantages 
(especially consistency) while maintaining a distinctive style.

Andreas Nilsson brought up something like option #2 on the list a while 
back [1]. He included a screenshot mockup:

The thing about Tango is, for it to really work, there needs to be adoption.

Can we get a feel for how those at the helm of the art for Fedora? If 
there are things about the style that are keeping Fedora from adopting 
the Tango style - let us know. There is still plenty of room for 
improvement in the style and guidelines.

Steven Garrity


Máirín Duffy wrote:
> Hi Everybody,
> So with Diana's help, I've put everything we've got as far as Bluecurve 
> icons up on my website:
> The only ones not included here are the ones I've created or modified 
> which I've put up in the wiki:
> I think there is a real need to catalog these, in an Inkscape-compatible 
> SVG format, and make it easy for anybody to
> (1) grab the artwork they need
> (2) contribute changes / tweaks / improvements
> (3) contribute new icons
> As I create new icons, I'll be putting them in the wiki, but... I don't 
> think that is especially scaleable, considering the number of icons we 
> have. Does anybody have any ideas as far as how we can catalog these 
> images nicely? Are there any FOSS photo gallery apps that maybe have 
> revision control built-in?
> My first thought is to simply set up a svn or cvs repo with a nice web 
> frontend for people to browse & grab the icons... but I'm afraid setting 
> up svn/cvs and learning all that crap will be a big barrier to entry for 
> new artists. Maybe there is a web frontend for a revision control system 
> that lets you upload new revisions from your browser?
> Any ideas greatly appreciated :)
> ~m

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