[Echo] Reworked media-optical icon

Martin Sourada martin.sourada at gmail.com
Mon May 5 16:09:12 UTC 2008

I've added the rest of the sizes for the various media types for try 1
[1]. IMHO it looks good and the text subjectively helps defining the
perspective. I also added a screen-shot [2] featuring some of it's uses
in real world :)

And one additional explanation why I decided to head this way:

* DVDs, CDs, etc. have two sides, one of which is reflective. This side
have various colour depending on used technology and have dispersive
characteristics, which looks awesome in some cases (it creates a
"rainbow", various highlights, etc.). I think this is too complex and
distracting for an icon. The other side is label - there can be printed
images, light-scribed images, white printable surface, etc. It's quite
usual in recent writeable media to utilise the white printable surface,
which is clean and simple, and IMHO very good to use in an icon.

* Using text for differentiating between various media has its pros and
  - it helps defining the perspective
  - it is easier to differentiate, because the texts are different as a
whole, not only in the letters
  - on the other side, it is blurry and hard to read in smaller sizes,
but due to the differences still good enough to recognise
  - cannot be used for 16x16 icons

* Using colour for differentiating between various media is probably not
the best choice, because it does not help at all to colour blind people
and we should avoid icons that are hard to recognise to visually
impaired people

* 16x16 is too small to contain text, and in gnome icon theme it also
does not differentiate between various media types, so I decided to
follow their example and make no difference in this size

* The design IMHO fits nicely with the rest of the Echo icons

What do you think?

Comments welcome,

[1] http://mso.fedorapeople.org/echo/
[2] http://mso.fedorapeople.org/echo/Screenshot-DVD.png
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