Ugly Icons--help!

Check here to see what's been going on with the forum software
User avatar
Mike
Posts: 6675
Joined: Sun, Oct 29 2006, 05:03 PM
Location: Charleston, IL

Ugly Icons--help!

Postby Mike » Wed, Jun 29 2011, 01:34 PM

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.

User avatar
Jeff
Posts: 1767
Joined: Wed, Nov 22 2006, 09:03 AM
Location: Lakewood, CO

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Postby Jeff » Wed, Jun 29 2011, 05:18 PM

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
Keep calm, and park it in the pocket

IKE is on Image too!

User avatar
Mike
Posts: 6675
Joined: Sun, Oct 29 2006, 05:03 PM
Location: Charleston, IL

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Postby Mike » Wed, Jun 29 2011, 05:27 PM

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.

User avatar
Jeff
Posts: 1767
Joined: Wed, Nov 22 2006, 09:03 AM
Location: Lakewood, CO

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Postby Jeff » Wed, Jun 29 2011, 10:47 PM

Keep calm, and park it in the pocket

IKE is on Image too!

User avatar
Jeff
Posts: 1767
Joined: Wed, Nov 22 2006, 09:03 AM
Location: Lakewood, CO

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Postby Jeff » Wed, Jun 29 2011, 10:54 PM

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
Keep calm, and park it in the pocket

IKE is on Image too!

User avatar
Jeff
Posts: 1767
Joined: Wed, Nov 22 2006, 09:03 AM
Location: Lakewood, CO

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Postby Jeff » Wed, Jun 29 2011, 10:59 PM

Keep calm, and park it in the pocket

IKE is on Image too!

User avatar
Jeff
Posts: 1767
Joined: Wed, Nov 22 2006, 09:03 AM
Location: Lakewood, CO

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Postby Jeff » Wed, Jun 29 2011, 11:08 PM

Keep calm, and park it in the pocket

IKE is on Image too!

User avatar
prairierose
Posts: 438
Joined: Tue, Oct 31 2006, 02:03 PM
Location: Chicago, IL

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Postby prairierose » Thu, Jun 30 2011, 07:35 AM

Jeff wrote:http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/?style_id=18

I vote for these

User avatar
Mike
Posts: 6675
Joined: Sun, Oct 29 2006, 05:03 PM
Location: Charleston, IL

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Postby Mike » Thu, Jun 30 2011, 08:31 AM

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:
Untitled-1.gif

User avatar
prairierose
Posts: 438
Joined: Tue, Oct 31 2006, 02:03 PM
Location: Chicago, IL

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Postby prairierose » Thu, Jun 30 2011, 10:14 AM

That was my second choice, I think it would fit the visual of the rest of the new forum

User avatar
Jeepster
Posts: 698
Joined: Sat, Jun 07 2008, 07:35 AM
Location: Washington, Illinois
Contact:

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Postby Jeepster » Thu, Jun 30 2011, 10:17 AM

Mike wrote:... just be simple. ...


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

Cheers,
Tom

User avatar
Mike
Posts: 6675
Joined: Sun, Oct 29 2006, 05:03 PM
Location: Charleston, IL

Re: Ugly Icons--help!

Postby Mike » Thu, Jun 30 2011, 05:41 PM

Here's the current set of icons:

forumIconGuide.jpg
forumIconGuide.jpg (20.79 KiB) Viewed 3082 times


A couple of them still need a little cleaning up.
Popular topics are ones that have 10 or more replies.


Return to “IKE Forum News”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest