I’m probably the odd one out here, but I actually like the new icons. Sure, the old icons were BY FAR prettier, but I think that the concept behind these icons is very nice. When I saw the picture I immediately thought of the Periodic Table of the Elements, and it makes it very clear that they are all part of a family. Also, assigning a color to each product allows Adobe to use this color not only for the icon, but for other interface aspects too.
Finally, imagine your desktop full of different types of files from Adobe apps, picture how it would look with the current version of all apps. Now, picture how it would look with the CS3 versions. Wouldn’t it be nice to see what kind of file it is just by the color of its icon? No more identifying between the different kinds of feathers in the icon, just the color.
I could live with the oh-so-Web 2.0 gradated squares, and the colour coding does have its benefits I can imagine, but the periodic table lettering (as they appear to be calling it) is so incredibly uninspiring.
The ones, in my opinion, that come of best in this iteration are those grasping on to some of their legacy artwork – namely Acrobat, and Flash (though it may be just Flash Player, I’m not sure). Couldn’t the rest take note? Say a white on blue feather for Photoshop? A white on purple(y) 3D circle thing for AE? Surely that’s the happy medium to appease everyone?
Maybe they look good on Windows, but they definitely don’tt fit in my dock. I’m speechless.
I don’t profess to be an expert in cognition/perception, but I do know that words are slow and abbreviations (especially unfamiliar ones) are even slower to register. There is truth in the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
NOTE: I just noticed that our image borders are very very similar. I have no doubt you made yours first, but I just wanted to let you know that I didn’t intentionally mean to “rip them off.” If anything, it was a subconscious decision to make them look how I made them look.
I like the blue square and blue theme of photoshop, but I think a simple white feather would work better than the periodic table letters.
I tried to tell everybody these were the official icons…I’m not surprised.
I used these. Before I even launched CS3 I had the icon replaced.
Now I’m no graphic designer and I definitely don’t claim to be one; but man, even I can do a better job at designing the icons than the Adobe team. “Ooh a square with a color fill and 2 letters! Genius!”
Call me stupid, but I think these are very elegant. And afterusing them, and using the apps with the color branding, I think it will grow on many people. Especially when you look at it from the whole suite aspect.
But, then again I am prolly crazy. And think that just because something looks easy to ‘design’ that does not mean it is bad. That seems to be many peoples reason why they don’t like them.
Ok people, come on! You may like them or you may not… but we’re in 2007! You CAN’T say they’re not good enough JUST because they were “easy” to made! please… that comment is way too much for this century. Is Da Vinci better than Basquiat, just because Basquiat’s paintings are “too easy to make”? ;). If you don’t like them, just find a new replacement set and find a better excuse not to like them.