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Ugly Icons--help!

Posted: Wed, Jun 29 2011, 01:34 PM
by Mike
I think the icons in the index of the forum are pretty ugly. I think they're supposed to be "in boxes", but I don't like 'em.
Illinois Kite Enthusiasts • Index page.jpg

They change color if you have an unread post in that topic, they look a little different if it's had a lot of activity, etc.

If you've seen icons in another forum that you like, post a link here. I'd appreciate it.

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Posted: Wed, Jun 29 2011, 05:18 PM
by Jeff
I'll post some templates with different looks. Here's one that's got very different style icons:

http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/?style_id=675

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Posted: Wed, Jun 29 2011, 05:27 PM
by Mike
To be clear folks, just look at the icons by the forum listings: e.g. read / unread etc.
They're circles with check-marks in the link Jeff just posted.

Those are better than what we have. I'd swap some of them around though. I think the check should be on a "read" forum.

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Posted: Wed, Jun 29 2011, 10:47 PM
by Jeff

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Posted: Wed, Jun 29 2011, 10:54 PM
by Jeff
Maybe something simple like this, but in our colors.

http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/?style_id=1073

edit: here it is in red: http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/?style_id=1079

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Posted: Wed, Jun 29 2011, 10:59 PM
by Jeff

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Posted: Wed, Jun 29 2011, 11:08 PM
by Jeff

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Posted: Thu, Jun 30 2011, 07:35 AM
by prairierose
Jeff wrote:http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/?style_id=18

I vote for these

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Posted: Thu, Jun 30 2011, 08:31 AM
by Mike
Thanks for voting, Rose.

I'd like to reduce the visual clutter.
I don't think the icons have to look like forums, just be simple.
In fact I don't think we need separate icons for all the various categories of locked/subforums/etc. The more icons we have, the more confusing it is for our readers who visit many forums which all have different icons.
Just a simple way to mark it as read or unread is probably all we need.

After looking at all the ones Jeff posted, I actually favor this:
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Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Posted: Thu, Jun 30 2011, 10:14 AM
by prairierose
That was my second choice, I think it would fit the visual of the rest of the new forum

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Posted: Thu, Jun 30 2011, 10:17 AM
by Jeepster
Mike wrote:... just be simple. ...


There's my vote!!! I'll leave the final decision up to you guys ...

Cheers,
Tom

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Posted: Thu, Jun 30 2011, 05:41 PM
by Mike
Here's the current set of icons:

forumIconGuide.jpg
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A couple of them still need a little cleaning up.
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