One often lurks or posts on Deviant Art site, as an amateur designer and for art interest and one of the things that one sees are the abundance of icons and iconography that people offer for free.
What one would like to suggest is to open up the tool bar icons for a redesign contest and get Deviant Art on board, (they often have competitions from organisations), you are not offering cash gifts but you are offering aspiring designers a chance to get their work seen by thousands and it helps to create community ties, with many artists not earning enough to afford expensive software but who may have not heard of Libre Office.
Such community ties also could see interest from media and other such organisations as soft news that fills space and helps promote the industry.
basically you suggest to involve DeviantArt to make a new icons theme contest?
is this something that the Design team would like to take under consideration?
It would be good if the design team could consider this, not so much as a
criticism to their design ability as the layout works, but more as a chance
Currently the Toolbar Icons looks very M$ Office 2005, its a point of issue
with people when trying to get them to change over or try, the common issue
is it looks a bit cheesy or old.
The software is fine just looks a little dated, and this way would allow
greater community expansion by engaging the community.
Seems like an interesting suggestion, though i wonder how many amateur designers would like to take on the large task of designing thousands of icons. Do you have any links to similar competitions run by other organizations.
(In reply to Matt from comment #2)
> Currently the Toolbar Icons looks very M$ Office 2005, its a point of issue
> with people when trying to get them to change over or try, the common issue
> is it looks a bit cheesy or old.
LibreOffice does bundle a number of different icon themes users can choose from, including the most recent breeze icons. Icon are always a matter of taste, which is why we provide users with choices.
The idea came to one after grabbing some icons from their and realising how may designers produce them.
One has not seen an icon comp recently, and while it is a large task, the chance to expand the community even if you just put the call out for new icons, or break the icons down into categories, or even the option at allow designers to create icons and easily allow LO users linux/windows/etc the chance to change them easily.
Its about at least taking the chance to engage and talk to the design and art community, and, it offers massive opportunities for both parties potential media coverage.
We're replacing our use of the 'ux-advise' component with a keyword:
Component -> LibreOffice
Add Keyword: needsUXEval
The idea is not bad and we do run some competition on visual artwork actually. But LibreOffice' icon theme is has many icons - and so far not too many people have been interested in this work. DeviantArt is just one address, there are many other. And of course everyone is welcome to submit proposals. There is nothing to open on our side, when we do not talk about a competition.