Lovely screenshots. I don’t see any Linux ones. Is Mozilla ever going to learn? Don’t you remember the whole visual refresh issue that happened on this very blog?
My apologies for the delay, updating the icon on linux was slightly more involved, partly because we were adding support for additional resolutions, and partly because I had no idea how to update an app icon on linux (David Dahl wrote the patch). Anyway, here are the screenshots, and please don’t read too much into them being posted late. It was just an implementation issue and not at all meant to convey anything other than that.
(note that the launcher icons are controlled by the distribution, so they won’t show up if you are testing a Release Candidate).
You nailed it. Honestly can’t think of any more improvements. Great job!
Thanks, but credit really goes to Anthony Piraino at the Iconfactory, as well as the very long list of talented designers who privately provided feedback and creative direction throughout the project.
Could you now address the 5-year-old printing bugs in firefox?
If by “you” you mean me personally, then probably not without first getting entirely up to speed with our printing code. However if by “you” you mean the Mozilla community in general, yes there are people working on that. However, I think having separate teams that work on different aspects of a product is a good way to make sure that user experience doesn’t get de-prioritized under a long list of low level implementation bugs.
In your last post, pretty much everyone said they liked 11 or 12-1 and due to too much gloss and the weird line that extends past the right side of the nose…yet you pick the glossiest icon with the weird ass line. The head also looks very, very fuzzy on the 16px icons.
Alex, maybe [you’re] only reading the first dozen comments on your blog each time and not checking back the next day to see what all was posted overnight.
I’m reading every comment as they arrive (with occasional breaks for sleeping). However, feedback is coming in from a lot of places beyond the comments section of this blog, and overall more than half of it has come in through private email. This leads to the unfortunate situation where people may feel like we aren’t listening. The other consideration is that while we are very interested in getting as much feedback as possible, we aren’t trying to create an environment where we are running the design purely by committee. So this means that while I’ve been processing all the feedback that comes in, I’ve also been giving increased weight to our overall goals for the project, and the opinions of other designers, like Stephen Horlander, Stephen DesRoches, Sean Martell, Steven Garrity, and Daniel Burka (who have all contributed significantly to founding Mozilla’s visual identity). We also received a lot of useful feedback from Mike Beltzner, Asa Dotzler, John Slater, Paul Kim, Tara Shahian, Alexander Limi, and Jennifer Boriss.
Shadow looks out of place on windows — it has light coming from 12o’clock (straight above), all the other windows icons have light coming from 10.30 or 11 or so (upper left, so shadow is below and to right).
We ended up going with a consistent shadow across platforms since we didn’t want to adjust the light source for each type of shadow (causing a lot of visual changes). It’s a little inconsistent with platform conventions, and I think we’ll want to customize the icons to each platform’s visual style more in the future.
Looks nice, but does it look good on Windows 2000? I believe, Windows 2000 is now the only supported OS, that doesn’t support the alpha blended icons.
Here is the icon on Windows 2000, with no alpha blending, and going all the way down to the retro 4 bit. My apologies to the Windows 2000 users testing an earlier build with the application icon that accidently didn’t render, we got that figured out pretty quickly.
In general I think these changes are too conservative. It’ll look fine on the Firefox homepage but on your desktop the change will be too subtle for most people to notice.
We are being really cautious to avoid confusion as users attempt to locate the Firefox 3.5 icon in order to access the Internet. Refreshing icons can of course be problematic because it is part artwork, and part road sign.
Could you also include a screenshot of the Windows XP installer. It has very large close up of the icon on the first page.
Ok… lets say that program icon looks good. How about mime types? I hate XP-style icons in Vista.
Thanks to Boriss for getting these assembled, the background page images for Windows and OS X were made by Sofa. Linux has the standard behavior of using the html document icon supplied by the desktop environment.