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Hi,

I really like the new, square app icons, would prefer them in different colours with more contrast though -- to me, they look too similar and I can see me constantly starting the wrong app.

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I disagree, square feels too much like Adobe, i miss the triangles, they were unique and different and didnt make my Mac's dock look chunky... and the Triangles looked like an A, which was fitting.

If we're stuck on squares, maybe decrease their size by about 5%ish, so they dont feel crowded. 

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I can see that someone who is color-blind may have trouble distinguishing those...

While I don't have that problem, I don't like them anyway... I prefer the old ones also.

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In the dock, the new icons are by far the ugliest (OK, it's an opinion). Maybe it has become time to flatten the previous icons a bit more, but i don't like what they have produced for 1.7. No need to be too similar to Adobe.

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Really liked the old icons. Their silhouette was instantly recognizable as Affinity. The new ones lack that strength.

Still hoping these new icon designs are just beta-specific, though if this is the case, the β badge of Publisher Beta would have been more fitting.

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49 minutes ago, leshido said:

the β badge of Publisher Beta would have been more fitting

That is how the betas were for prior releases.  Fairly confident they actually plan on using these as of right now.  Wondering as well about the missing indicator for the beta.

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On 11/15/2018 at 1:44 PM, fde101 said:

I can see that someone who is color-blind may have trouble distinguishing those...

I think the difference in the number of lines & the shape they enclose would be enough to tell them apart, even for people with color blindness.

That said, application icons are not something I spend much time looking at, so I don't care much what the look like as long as it is easy to tell one from another.

Besides, if you dislike the Affinity beta ones that much, you can (on Macs at least) replace them with your own version, or maybe save the old 1.6 ones somewhere & replace the new ones with them. Like most other graphics resources, they can be found at path /Applications/Affinity Designer Beta.app/Contents/Resources/DesignerAppIcon.icns & similar path names for the other Affinity apps.


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23 hours ago, R C-R said:

Besides, if you dislike the Affinity beta ones that much, you can (on Macs at least) replace them with your own version,

Oh wow, I just flashed back to the good old days of ResEdit. 


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On 11/18/2018 at 12:14 AM, R C-R said:

I think the difference in the number of lines & the shape they enclose would be enough to tell them apart, even for people with color blindness.

That said, application icons are not something I spend much time looking at, so I don't care much what the look like as long as it is easy to tell one from another.

Besides, if you dislike the Affinity beta ones that much, you can (on Macs at least) replace them with your own version, or maybe save the old 1.6 ones somewhere & replace the new ones with them. Like most other graphics resources, they can be found at path /Applications/Affinity Designer Beta.app/Contents/Resources/DesignerAppIcon.icns & similar path names for the other Affinity apps.

Do I have too many preconceptions about color blindness if I believe people in that case would meet quite some other bigger challenges using the affinity apps than just the icon color?

About changing icons: yes you can do that. But I’m quite sure that after the third beta update in one month that needs fiddling to restore the prefered icon, one will simply adopt the new icons anyway. That happened to me the last time they changed the icons.

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12 hours ago, vonBusing said:

after the third beta update in one month that needs fiddling to restore the prefered icon

There must be some way to automate that...  :35_thinking:

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I wasn't too fond of the previous ones but prefer them to these. Too low contrast and not exactly pretty (I'm being polite lol). At least they're very easy to replace on the Mac.

Does anyone have the really old AD one, the original? Think it might have only been in the pre-release Mac beta, I can't find it or a link to the original beta to get it from.

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Certainly, the old triangular shape differentiated the Affinity apps from the Adobe apps at a glance, but the triangular shape is also very limiting as a canvass for icon art when you begin to think about coming up with art for a suite of related apps beyond two or three. 

Perhaps the cutout motifs for each icon could be redrawn a bit to make the designs a little bolder. Perhaps the color scheme for each icon could be enlivened a bit with a broader range of values (dark to light) like the older icons. But I'm okay with the square canvass and the unique cutout motifs for the icon art.

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Has anyone else noticed how many programs at least on the Mac are using icons that are basically round, sometimes with things sticking out of them?

 

Safari, Chrome, Scrivener, Aperture, Sigma PhotoPro, On1 Photo RAW, FontBase, Davinci Resolve, Fusion, Atom, Android Studio, Xojo, Datum, Steam, iBooks, BRU Server Config, Finale, Traction Waveform, Homespun Instant Access, Deckadance2, Tangent Mapper, iTunes, Aiseesoft Mac Blu-ray Player, Xamarin Workbooks, Norton Security, Compare & Sync Folders, Contour Shuttle, CodeMeter, Dashboard, FireFox, FontForge, Help Crafter, iZotope Ozone, Launchpad, MarsEdit, MPlayerX, OpenOffice, ParticleShop, Phocus, Photos, Scribus, SoundSoap+, StuffIt Expander, TeXShop, Time Machine...  all have round icons, and yet they are mostly all sufficiently distinct that telling them apart is not much of an issue.

 

Triangles in and of themselves are not really a problem either, nor is this completely unique... Aurora HDR is using an icon that is basically a triangle, for example (someone heavy apparently sat on each of the sides for a while and bent them a bit)... though not nearly as common as the round icons.

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