@Gargron I went about making some custom icons to show you what I meant by "tailored icons". 🙂
@snwh looks cool! Is that an app or a website? What does "boost" supposed to do?
@jayzelenkov uhh, you're on the thing right now that that's a mockup
@snwh These are great. Especially love the rocket ship and astronaut-type icons.
@mjd it seemed appropriate for "boost" and it went from there.
@snwh It makes perfect sense. It also feels less reliant on Twitter design language.
@mjd exactly, you can see there are some Twitter icon analogues still in there.
@snwh Which makes sense -- Twitter and Facebook have so dominated our conceptions of how social networks work it will be hard to come up with a different vocabulary for actions that make sense to everyone, much like a floppy disk still means "save" in some places.
@mjd Mastodon is already establishing a new vocabulary with Toots and boosts.
@snwh Indeed - this is why your takeoff icon makes sense -- the current recycle icon says retweet but not "boost" to me.
@mjd it's a rocket, which has boosters. ;)
@snwh I also like the use of the actual Mastodon icon for getting started -- asterisk doesn't really mean anything.
@snwh Liked the rocket as the boost icon but I think the log out icon could be something else.
Well done 😄
@frd the classic metaphors for logout are rather dull.
@snwh Agree! But the boost icon being similar to the log out might make it loose its unique charm. Just a thought.
@frd icons shouldn't have unique charm, they should have consistent charm. ;)
@frd not at all. :)
@ohyran I enjoy the process as much as the result (maybe even more so) including the part where I defend or debate the design. :)
@snwh I want to write a GNOME client.. currently trying to GObjectize the matrix http api
@snwh Okay! Yeah I wanna see them!
@Gargron derp, this was a reply to my own toot, with a link, I guess it doesn't work like that. 😄 https://raw.githubusercontent.com/snwh/mockups/master/mastodon/mastodon_wide.png
@snwh Oh, no, it worked, I just didn't know to click on it (upcoming version of Masto alleviates that with a special reply icon btw)
@Gargron oh, haha. I look forward to it. Anyway, in the mock-up, I designed some icons to be less reliant on Twitter's design language (like the change to the boost icon) and to fit within their displayed size for clarity.
@snwh Looks good overall, but why do the boost and logout icons look so similar when they do something completely different?
@shellkr I see what you did there. But regarding the logo, competitions are not good ways to do design.
@ohyran I would say always.
@snwh I've seen it go well once - it was at a highschool and the students where participants which was fun.
@ohyran well, of course the context of the competition does matter.
@snwh You are maybe right.. I just think it should have a more "happy" or "social" feel to it. I do not think it gives a good vibe as it looks today. Anyway.. always like your work. ;)
@shellkr that is what the mascot is for. :)
@snwh very cool!
@snwh these icons look really great! I hope they will be implemented.
(On a somewhat unrelated note, what do you use for creating these mockups?)
@gabrielelucci thanks, I draw all the mockups I do in Inkscape.
Generalistic and moderated instance.