Projects/Usability/HIG/Style/Icons

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Purpose

Icon design should be consistent through the interface and match the visual design goals.

Guidelines

Monochrome Icons

  • Used for application toolbar actions, menus, and status and notifications. Also used for small (16x16) devices and places icons (folders, usb drives, etc.)
  • Rely on a distinct shapes instead of fine details to distinguish between them.
  • Color can be used for distinction (change of state, destructive actions, etc.).

Application icons

  • Unique and easily recognizable
  • Respect trademarks by avoiding significant alterations to other application icons

Other icons

  • Icons of a similar type use a consistent visual language (mimetypes, folders, devices, etc.)

General

  • Avoid using text in icon designs; it may not scale well to smaller sizes

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