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It's not a small request, I know, but I'd love to see the UI receive a little more love - such as more options regarding padding on toolbars. CorelDraw I recall being awesome at allowing you to refine this. But mostly I'd love to see the cartoony icons abandoned. Flatten them out and simplify them. I did a quick mockup that I would call far from ideal, but I'd happily use these over the existing icons, which just look too cute and dated for my tastes. It's not really too many icons either - I rather like most of the top-bar icons, but the basic tools like the pen, hand (I may be overly sensitive, but it particularly bugs me that its coloring is race-specific), magnifying glass, etc don't feel like they belong in modern, professional design software.

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Agreed :235_bee:


"Men are like sheep, of which a flock is more easily driven than a single one."

"Experienced vector artists and infographic designers will find a noticeable lack of the more advanced tools found in Illustrator CC." (source)

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On 6/17/2019 at 10:49 PM, Adam_D said:

 but the basic tools like the pen, hand (I may be overly sensitive, but it particularly bugs me that its coloring is race-specific), magnifying glass, etc don't feel like they belong in modern, professional design software.

I agree. but please don't replace it with "flat gray icons" like Adobe, it's black and flat... i'm hating it.

In my opinion we need colored icons, but not so colorful and blended like those.

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Flat professional icons please. Great mock-up @Adam_D

I prefer monolitic icons - it is already an option in preferences so no panic :)


"Men are like sheep, of which a flock is more easily driven than a single one."

"Experienced vector artists and infographic designers will find a noticeable lack of the more advanced tools found in Illustrator CC." (source)

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Why not just replace all of the icons with simple squares?  Instead of just flattening them we could simplify even further and simply use the same icon for everything.

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Adam_D: how did you replaced the icons? can you give us short instructions (and maybe also to upload the icons) how to do this? i want to try it out, basically just for the fun...

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On 6/17/2019 at 3:49 PM, Adam_D said:

I did a quick mockup

 

26 minutes ago, Glicky said:

how did you replaced the icons?

 

I suspect he took a screenshot, captured the color of the background behind the icons, created new icons, and pasted them onto the screenshot?

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On 6/24/2019 at 9:44 AM, Glicky said:

Adam_D: how did you replaced the icons? can you give us short instructions (and maybe also to upload the icons) how to do this? i want to try it out, basically just for the fun...

Yes, as fde said, I just took a screen shot and placed some new icons atop that. made a couple icons from scratch and pulled others from the free icons at https://www.iconfinder.com/

I really don't mean to suggest using these icons, just wanted to have a quick look at the Designer UI after flattening out the icons I feel look too dated. You can have a look at the designer file I made if you care to - it's attached.

designer icons.afdesign

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