On 29/11/2004, at 5:19 AM, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
I envision the finished icon as mostly white. The
"document" part of
my icon idea is two sheets of white unlined paper, at the familiar
angle (see TextEdit), which look like they could be homework
assignments or test papers. I envision that text is hand-written on
the papers -- but it should be made clear from the indentation and
varying line length and such that it is programming code, not
paragraphs of text.
There should be red markings on it, indicating where corrections have
been made, and possibly a red hand-written and circled A at the top of
the page, indicating the grade this assignment has theoretically
received, or just a checkmark or some other indication that the
document is now A-OK, thanks to TextMate.
See, the underlined hand written paper is exactly NOT what TextMate
does. Until recently, it didn't even print!! If anything, a
terminal-style window would be much more appropriate.
Putting that aside, no one really looks at their icons at full size,
right? So making sure the text looks like code instead of text seems
like a lot of work for nothing. Hardly anyone would ever see it or
notice it's "cleverness".
TextMate doesn't help you write school assignments at all (unless
you're in IT, in which case you'd never have the teacher grade it with
a red marker).
I don't mean to "slam" your ideas on your first post, but I
*personally* don't agree with the direction you're headed in,
particularly the idea of paper-based documents.
The "tool" part is where I think we can
depart from the
recommendations a bit, given the state of other Apple icons. I can't
get along with the current robot, so I suggest a happy anime cartoon
boy. In anime, as in other cartoons, characters often have superpowers
or hidden abilities, and this guy's power therefore is sprucing up
your document quickly and efficiently without getting in your way.
He's standing proudly to the right side of the papers, legs slightly
apart, arms folded in front of him, a red marker clearly visible in
his hand, and with a stereotypical spiky outrageously-colored anime
hairstyle, possibly partially hidden by a backwards-turned baseball
cap. I see him wearing long white pants and a white shirt or
sweatshirt (and if only MacroMates had a logo, it could be printed on
the sweatshirt). I see the hair as being the icon's primary source of
color, but this could prove to be too little color, so the shirt
and/or pants may have to get some color too. The color of the
SubEthaEdit icon changed from blue to green with the 2.0 release, and
iTunes' icon has changed color with every major version as well; the
hair and/or clothing colors of this icon could also be changed across
TextMate versions if desired.
I really like the concept here of something with hidden superpowers --
that's a great fit for the analogy of what TM can do, but seriously,
far too much detail -- remember this icon has to work at anywhere
between 16 px and 128 px... it's not being printed on hi-res posters
Look at the icons on your dock. None of them have anywhere near that
kind of detail, and with good reason.
Again, this is all in my humble opinion, but there's a reason why the
iTunes logo works... it's simple and clear. Same with every other