Scribus team starts an icon set contest

Scribus team starts an icon set contest

Acknowledging lack of visual consistency in the user interface, Scribus team started a contest for a new set of icons. Here is some background and an introduction to what you will have to deal with.

Initially the team had no dedicated artist to work on UI graphics. Icons were taken from random places as long as they seemed to fit the bill. In 2006 a couple of talented designers from GNOME team, Lapo Calamandrei and Andreas Nilsson, joined to updated the look of most visible bits in the user interface. This resulted in Art Libre Set — a set of icons for creative apps like GIMP, Inkscape, PiTiVi and Scribus. Some of the icons on the set were created by Jakub "Jimmac" Steiner who did the relevant icons for GIMP (anno v2.4). You can read more about it in an interview with Tango folks from 2007.

However other icons weren't touched, plus some new were added later, so the net outcome is a mix of Tango style, early KDE3 style, Oxygen (in GSoC2011 table branch) and some custom icons.

Mix of icon styles

And in some cases it's just custom icons:

Custom art

So the point of the contest is to find a new artist who will do a new complete consistent set of icons for the whole application or become a contributive supervisor for a group of artists, should several people decide to take same approach style-wise. Or they could have equal rights for decisions. Things might work either way.

The official requirement for a submission goes like this: it's up to you how many icons you submit for the contest, but keeo in mind that in the end they will have to be done in several sizes (16×16, 22×22, 32×32 px). You can do e.g. 10 to 20 in one size so that the style approach and ability to manage consistency was clear. Use your own judgment, but the winner is supposed to be able to deliver the full set (again, possibly allying with an alter ego). The work should be done for Scribus 1.5.0svn, and SVG is the file format for delivery, so it'd be a good idea to make sure your icons are perfectly aligned to pixel grid in all size versions. Submissions are accepted till October 31 in both mailing list and the official forum.

Here is how you can fetch a copy of v1.5's SVN repository with existing icons:

$ svn co svn://scribus.net/trunk scribus-150

All the icons will be inside Scribus/resources/icons directory.

Now, there are few things left to mention. There is a quite a demand from users to see GIMP, Inkscape and Scribus align in both visual style, user interface and some interaction implementations. The latter two might not happen immediately, if at all, but for visual style there is one thing you might like to consider. While Inkscape developers aren't eager to change icon style just now (Tango icon set is still available), GIMP icons are done by Jimmac who has been leaning towards stencil style lately, so one of the future versions of GIMP (definitely not 2.8) could have an icon style facelift.

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5 Responses. Comments closed for this entry.

  1. Why is the forum thread locked for replies?

    The post clearly states: “For questions and general comments, please reply to this email in the Scribus mailing list or to [this post in the Scribus forums].”

    http://forums.scribus.net/index.php/topic,243.0.html

  2. Alexandre Prokoudine 28 October 2011 at 1:31 pm

    @Jimmy Volatile: Thanks, I’ve just pinged the person responsible for that in the mailing list.

  3. Contest finished today, 30th nov 2011. 2 submissions so far (myself included :) ).

    http://forums.scribus.net/index.php/topic,243.0.html

  4. Thanks for the heads-up, Jimmy :) Let’s see what decision the team makes.

  5. Such drama in the comments!