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Offline h-munster

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Tiny Core Icons And Artwork
« on: July 26, 2011, 02:08:23 AM »
Hello,

I have modified the a few of the TC icons by request, and I have recently been asked to work on more of the "base" TC icons.  The base icons include those representing:  app browser; apps audit; terminal emulator; generic symbol for binaries/executables (usually gears); control panel; mount tool; editor; shutdown/logout/reboot tool; run command.

As I am not a graphics designer, it occurred to me that such a big job is better suited for a professional.   There are no funds to hire a pro, but I have an idea.

My plan is to approach a design school with a strong graphics department, and see if they will make it an assignment for their students to create a cohesive set of icons with a logo for TC.  I would also like to see what they could come up with in regards to the overall look of the default TC desktop.

If a school agrees to take on this project, the students and faculty might ask:

1. what is the essence of TC -- how is TC distinctive from other distros?

2. what are the concepts and purpose of each base icon?

3. can the FLWM window borders/widgets can be hacked?

We see and use TC and these icons often, but sometimes it's not so easy to effectively state their meaning and essence of everyday things.  So, I am asking for your help in concisely verbalizing these concepts.

Any other ideas or input would also be appreciated.

By the way, Micro Core will probably be included in the logo.

Thanks!
   -Dale

Offline Guy

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Re: Tiny Core Icons And Artwork
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2011, 03:15:10 AM »
Here are some ideas. Others may add more ideas.

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1. what is the essence of TC -- how is TC distinctive from other distros?

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Re: Tiny Core Icons And Artwork
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2011, 03:20:21 AM »
What you may want to do if a school agrees to do this, is give them some live CDs of other distros, so they can run them on a computer, and see examples of icons used by other distros, to get ideas.
Many people see what is. Some people see what can be, and make a difference.

Offline h-munster

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Re: Tiny Core Icons And Artwork
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2011, 08:49:04 AM »
@Guy

All good points.

I was planning to give them some TC live CDs, but it never occurred to me to give them live CDs from other distros so that they can see how the icons and "feel" differentiate between TC and the others.  Very interesting idea!

Thanks!

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Re: Tiny Core Icons And Artwork
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2011, 07:20:38 PM »
Seeing I've been using TC for a short period of time, I've been wanting to design some default icons myself as well as a background. Keeping the TC principals in place may prove to be a challenge BUT possible.

The reasoning for me wanting to do this. I actually have an associate's degree in visual communication. I don't have a portfolio as where I'm originally from the graphics design field isn't a sought after occupation. That's why I joined the Army. I just wished there could be something done about the window borders, LOL.

Here's a revamp of the screw I've been working on:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/57276439@N02/5983375875/in/photostream
« Last Edit: July 27, 2011, 10:18:36 PM by Hoodsey »

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Re: Tiny Core Icons And Artwork
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2011, 09:42:10 PM »
The window border color can be changed :P
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Re: Tiny Core Icons And Artwork
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2011, 10:41:27 PM »
Still a work in progress. comments are welcome.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/57276439@N02/5983976506/in/photostream

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Re: Tiny Core Icons And Artwork
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2011, 01:11:19 AM »
@Hoodsey
Very nice artwork!

One of the questions that needs to be answered is:  What is the significance of the "screw head?"

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Re: Tiny Core Icons And Artwork
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2011, 01:13:13 AM »
The window border color can be changed

Thanks!  That's great to know!

Can the icons for the window widgets be changed?

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Re: Tiny Core Icons And Artwork
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2011, 02:57:25 AM »
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One of the questions that needs to be answered is:  What is the significance of the "screw head?"
To convey that some assembly is required, i.e., we are not a turnkey distribution. The former tag line included "A toolkit for Linux". That tagline was dropped since we felt that it may convey that compiling from source was required, which of course, it is not. Since we have a screwdriver in the control panel, we went with a screw head. The former gear icons also fit the theme of "some assembly required". Being not a turnkey system, we don't really have many base icons. The current icon set, I believe fit rather well together. However, the base icons not with the current "theme" are, "Exit", "Aterm", "Editor", "Run", and "Mount". I suppose that also using a "hex head bolt" and back to some form of "gears" would be in line with our current theme.  Completely different themes could be suggested. Anything that would convey that Tiny Core is not a turnkey system.   
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Re: Tiny Core Icons And Artwork
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2011, 06:55:03 AM »
The window border color can be changed

Thanks!  That's great to know!

Can the icons for the window widgets be changed?

They aren't icons, they are hardcoded as far as I know. Changing would require editing the flwm source.
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Re: Tiny Core Icons And Artwork
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2011, 07:04:01 AM »
little wallpaper I plan on using once I get my Tecra running smooth.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/57276439@N02/5984297015/in/photostream