USC needs clearer/simpler icon

Bug #432552 reported by Rick Spencer
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
software-center (Ubuntu)
Fix Released
Michael Vogt

Bug Description

Feedback from Ivanka: The software-store icon is too "fussy".

In user testing of Ubuntu on 2010-12-15, participants identified the icon as a utilities bag (calculator, calendar) or “world icon” or “settings”.

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Rick Spencer (rick-rickspencer3) wrote :
Changed in software-store (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
assignee: nobody → Otto Greenslade (otto-chaotic)
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Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

It's probably more important for the bag to have visible handles than for it to have stuff inside it. Otherwise it looks a little too much like a cheap grocery bag, rather than a good-quality department store bag (the corner store vs. Harrods).

Ivanka mentioned the possibility of using a giftbox (with a ribbon?) instead of a shopping bag. We're considering using a giftbox icon for available updates (preliminary mockup at <>), so that could be consistent, or it could be a clash, depending on your point of view.

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David Prieto (frandavid100-gmail) wrote :

Please use a Tango compliant icon so that it will be coherent with the majority of icons.

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Kenneth Wimer (kwwii) wrote :

Because Ubuntu doesn't use or ship with Tango icons by default it is more important that this icon fit with the Human set than Tango.

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Kenneth Wimer (kwwii) wrote :

Regarding the gift-wrapped package: not sure how well this fits with "security updates available"

Michael Vogt (mvo)
Changed in software-store (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: needs-artwork
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
assignee: Otto Greenslade (otto-chaotic) → Daniel Fore (daniel-p-fore)
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Mohamed Amine Ilidrissi (ilidrissi.amine) wrote :

Any updates on this? Do you have some idea of a mockup?

description: updated
summary: - software-store needs clearer/simpler icon
+ USC needs clearer/simpler icon
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IKT (ikt) wrote :

Any reason why the icon needs to be relevant/related to what the program does itself?

The apple store icon is an A made up by 2 pencils and a ruler.

The main thing that captures my interest is the little number in a circle in the top right, which I found out indicates updates are available.

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Gary Lasker (gary-lasker) wrote :

...not to mention that our beloved, crufty old icon still prominently features the old Ubuntu logo. :)

We are well overdue for a new icon and many people have expressed this recently, so I've targeted this for Oneiric in the Software Center UI Enhancements spec:

@Daniel, are you still ok with being the assignee? Please let me know if we need to change that.

Thanks all!

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
milestone: none → oneiric-alpha-2
Martin Pitt (pitti)
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
milestone: oneiric-alpha-2 → oneiric-alpha-3
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
assignee: Daniel Fore (daniel-p-fore) → Chris Paul (chrispaul)
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
assignee: Chris Paul (chrispaul) → Otto Greenslade (otto-chaotic)
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
milestone: oneiric-alpha-3 → ubuntu-11.10-beta-1
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Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → In Progress
assignee: Otto Greenslade (otto-chaotic) → Michael Vogt (mvo)
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package software-center - 4.1.19

software-center (4.1.19) oneiric; urgency=low

  [ Kiwinote ]
  * data/piston-helpers/
    - get reviews for the base pkg, not the multiarch one
  * softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/widgets/
    - hand cursor for category tiles and subcategory tiles
    - make a price of '0.00' render as 'free'
  * softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/
    - remove function calls to set the color of the pkgstatusbar (LP: #833195)
    - render icons for addons correctly
  * softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/
    - don't show unavailable or already installed apps in the 'new' tiles
    - align the subcat view
  * softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/widgets/
    - only render paging dots if we have more than one

  [ Michael Vogt ]
  * softwarecenter/db/
    -ignore errors from incorrect utf8 (LP: #833534)
  * data/
    - set default UI to gtk3 (LP: #830901)
  * add new icon LP: #432552

  [ Matthew Paul Thomas ]
  * softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/widgets/
    - tweak the default banner presentation (LP: #833169)
  * debian/control:
    - improve package description
  * lp:~mpt/software-center/text-tweaks:
    - text fixes

  [ Matthew McGowan ]
  * lp:~mmcg069/software-center/small-fixes:
    - fix available pane channels
    - change nonapp filter

  [ Jacob Johan Edwards ]
  * lp:~j-johan-edwards/software-center/toolbar-quick-hack:
    - comment out hatching from USC custom toolbar.
 -- Michael Vogt <email address hidden> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 17:36:48 +0200

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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