A recent discussion in the dev forum had me thinking about the tab bar at the top of the GUI, and its visual aesthetics. And then I was reminded of something I've mostly learned to overlook: the icons in the GUI are pretty bad. I'm not the biggest fan of the art style, to begin with. The whole set feels vaguely childish to me (probably the bright colors and rounded corners). But that's not the main issue:
The main issue is that most of them make little or no sense.
The render tab icon is the....radiation symbol? wut? Ok, ok, Lux simulates radiation. But that symbol is generally used to warn of ionizing radiation, not to describe electromagnetic radiation in general. It refers to wavelengths WAYY above what Lux deals with. Perhaps the program icon itself might be better for the render tab?
The queue and the network tabs actually have the SAME icon. I didn't even notice that until now. That kind of defeats the purpose of having tab icons in the first place. The tabs no longer have any visual delineation, only the different labels. Perhaps the queue icon could be a stylized "list" type design? (even a couple of horizontal lines invokes the idea of a list). The network icon...I'll confess I don't have a better idea at the moment.
The log icon is ok, I guess. Although my art style gripe stands (it looks cheap and plastic-y)
The imaging tab in the lower tab bar...what IS that? A piece of film? An image?
The light groups one is a probably the second best one. It suggests compositing effects, which is what the light groups do. Although most users seem unaware of that...
The advanced tab...is the radiation symbol again.
The clipboard icon is...great. We could probably leave that one, unless we change up the whole style.
Gamma/FR and Histogram icons look way too similar. Histogram should maybe be several separate color curves? It's in that mode by default anyway.
Lens effects and noise reduction are reasonably ok. Not sure a chisel is a the greatest noise reduction icon, but not sure what would be better.
So, let's clean this up for 0.9.
I'd like to use this thread to discuss and then work on designing a better icon set for the GUI. One that is both more serious-looking than the current set, and better describes the functions they're marking. To start with, I think we should agree on what should be the general style for the icons (colored, monochrome, etc), then get to work on building new ones. I'd be glad to pitch in with designing and building the new icons, although I think I'll need a bit of help to get them into Lux, and I'd rather this not be a one man project of me running out and redesigning all the icons in my own style.
P.S. the radiation symbol is upside down.