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Adobe CS3 icons

So, the CS3 icons are out. The idea here is to use colors as information carriers and group the icons into families. Ryan Hicks, Experience designer at Adobe says “Their elegance comes from how the entire desktop brand system works as a whole. The more Adobe apps you have, the better the system works.”

Unfortunately it seems like no art director was present as the final design was nailed. Sure, if you quickly look at them positioned on the color wheel in a presentation slide, I’m sure they looked fine to board members.

Icons Icons of CS3 suite.

But what happens when you place them in the real world, like the traybar?

As always, it all comes down to personal preferences in the end. If any, I will use only a very limited range of the CS3 application suite, and those icons will most likely feel out of place.

Come on people, what were you thinking? Or, to quote a colleague’s comment, “WTF”.

Update: Two of my favorite designers, Dave Shea and Veerle Pieters has interesting (and opposing) views om the subject.

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2 comments

  • avatar
    Mandus
    02 Jan, 2007

    I’m not really sure what I think about them yet. Need more time to get a feel for how they work out on the desktop, in browsing and so.
    But I like the idea behind it. I use to group documents and other icons on what project they belong to. So this idea of coloring for different tools from Adobe seems to work out quite well with that.

  • avatar
    03 Jan, 2007

    Ok, we’ll compare notes after we’ve used the programs for a while. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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