Taking a look at Rob Bradford’s Open Moko post I noticed something really nice. The notification area icons weren’t some multi-colored blurry blobs and they looked great. They are crisp and clean. With the exception of one of the more busy icons I can readily tell what each one of them does.
Why do we waste our artist’s time adjusting icons for smaller resolutions instead of having them concentrate on the bigger beautiful full color icons? For every icon an artist produces they unusually need to produce two smaller icons at lesser detail since scaling inevitably just makes the lower resolution icons look horrible. This creates extra work and the results are far from perfect. The advantage of black and white icons are that they are simple to create, for the most part can match any theme and produce much sharper icons at lower resolutions. Since we agree mostly on metaphors one set could be produced to work with the majority of themes out there. Elegance through simplicity.ar de es fr it ja ko pt ru zh-CN ]