On creating an icon monster…

I fully agree with Tuomas regarding the over-use of icons everywhere.

You can, in fact, set GTK+ (and thus, GNOME) applications to not display button icons. At first it may seem a little weird (as you may not be used to it), but not having icons in the dialog buttons will probably grow on you over a short time.

Here’s what you type in a terminal (or in the run dialog entry form if you hit alt-f2 or select “Run Application…” from your main menu) to turn off the button images:

echo gtk-button-images=0 >> ~/.gtkrc-2.0

(For those who may not know, it simply appends the text “gtk-button-images=0” inside a GTK+ configuration file in your home directory, which tells GTK+ to turn off button images.)

Of course, this doesn’t change everything, but it does allow you to have cleaner looking buttons on dialogs and such.

Update: Jakub has a good comment on Tuomas’ blog: “Not only will cleansing the icon noise help with usability, it will also help with artwork maintainability.” (excerpt)

11 Responses to “On creating an icon monster…”

  1. also note that especially the bluecurve icons, with the standard size – are just little blogs of color, one cannot tell them apart or read details. They need to die or get bigger to be useful – and the latter is not an option.

    let’s just kill these off for 2.14, please?

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  3. Very interesting and good note.
    And… i love this all icon.. so let them overload our desktops 😉

  4. Hello

    I can’t be bothered with anything these days, but shrug. I just don’t have anything to say recently.

    G’night

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