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Nov 2 2019

alex-l added a comment to T10243: Some KDE applications could use better icons.

Activities don't add much on Virtual Desktops? It's litterally the only feature for me to use Plasma and don't consider any other DE, the reason I still use X11 despite it's insecure (Activities actually don't work on Wayland). Activities boosts productivity much more than any other software I ever tried! With this I'm done, good luck.

Nov 2 2019, 11:00 PM · KDE Applications, VDG
alex-l added a comment to T10243: Some KDE applications could use better icons.

Thank you for your replies. As I said I discussed a new icon for Activities time ago but Ivan decided to stay with the 3-dots one. I can't always be around to check that previous decisions aren't overwritten by others. Isn't up to others to check if there were previous discussions on an icon? The one on the Activities icon is somewhere here on Phabricator. Found: https://phabricator.kde.org/M90

Nov 2 2019, 1:41 PM · KDE Applications, VDG

Nov 1 2019

alex-l added a comment to T10243: Some KDE applications could use better icons.

To be honest I don't like the new icons. In general Uri with the original Breeze and Ken with its revamped version set original styles with their consistency. They are for me real visual designers. Instead now I see new icons added with lower quality, mixing different styles and even recycling icons from other sets (I hate this so much that I manually delete them from my installation). Breeze icons are not "take an icon from another set, remove/add gradients, done."

Nov 1 2019, 11:53 PM · KDE Applications, VDG

Sep 30 2019

alex-l closed T8749: Handles, more options buttons and right click menu as Resolved.
Sep 30 2019, 10:47 AM · VDG, KDE Human Interface Guidelines

Sep 28 2019

alex-l added a comment to T8749: Handles, more options buttons and right click menu.

@ngraham wouldn't right click a quick alternative way to open the more options menu?

Sep 28 2019, 2:45 PM · VDG, KDE Human Interface Guidelines
alex-l added a comment to T10243: Some KDE applications could use better icons.
In T10243#202038, @mglb wrote:

EDIT: I have already said this here and there but please don't run any automated script to SVG icons, because when opening them back in Inkscape they are corrupted and everytime I edit a Breeze icon I have to do additional work to fix shapes and gradients corrupted by the scripts.

Samples please, it would be nice to fix inkscape and/or scripts.
Also, we could store original/inkscape-friendly svg files in repo and run optimization script as part of install process.

The diagonal thing in Konsole icon is to add some identity, without it we would have a classic terminal icon.

Why "different"/non-classic icon is better than classic terminal icon? Classic one is already known and everyone will be able to find it in their menu.

Any ideas on how to add identity in general?

Basic/core applications (i.e. KWrite, Konsole, Dolphin, etc) come with the system "by default" and users need to find them easily without knowing how an app icon looks like in specific desktop environment. I guess people see them as "built-in" functions, not as stand-alone applications.

Sep 28 2019, 2:38 PM · KDE Applications, VDG

Sep 20 2019

alex-l added a comment to T10243: Some KDE applications could use better icons.

Are you talking about some of the mimetype icons?

Sep 20 2019, 10:17 AM · KDE Applications, VDG

Sep 19 2019

alex-l added a comment to T10243: Some KDE applications could use better icons.

EDIT: I have already said this here and there but please don't run any automated script to SVG icons, because when opening them back in Inkscape they are corrupted and everytime I edit a Breeze icon I have to do additional work to fix shapes and gradients corrupted by the scripts.

This is something you should bring up in the VDG chatroom and discuss with @ndavis in particular as we currently make heavy use of these scripts for optimization purposes. Hopefully we can come up with a solution together.

I actually hand check for errors when I optimize. If the gradients are out of place, then I put them back into place, optimize again and check again. Usually, the gradients get messed up when they're missing some data that is supposed to be in there and they get optimized with SVG Cleaner. If you ever see Warning: The 'stop' element must have an 'offset' attribute. Fallback to 'offset=0'., you need to check the gradients.

There are a fair amount of icons with gradient handles that are lined up right, but are way off to the side. Those were there before I started working on breeze-icons and I fix them as I go.

Sep 19 2019, 2:01 PM · KDE Applications, VDG

Sep 18 2019

alex-l added a comment to T10243: Some KDE applications could use better icons.

I don't think glasses will ever look good at small sizes, can't we use something else for Okular? A clip? A highlighter?

Sep 18 2019, 8:22 PM · KDE Applications, VDG
alex-l added a comment to T10243: Some KDE applications could use better icons.

Would something like this being enough for Kate i.e. an origami bird made of current icon paper?

Sep 18 2019, 7:56 PM · KDE Applications, VDG
alex-l added a comment to T10243: Some KDE applications could use better icons.

Here there is an example of brand artwork using that diagonal shape for Konsole:

Sep 18 2019, 6:07 PM · KDE Applications, VDG
alex-l added a comment to T10243: Some KDE applications could use better icons.

What do you think about this kind of icon? This one is for Discover: the puzzle pieces indicate apps and other addons, the triangles the packages that ship the apps and the ">" shape looks like Plasma logo.

Sep 18 2019, 5:50 PM · KDE Applications, VDG
alex-l added a comment to T10243: Some KDE applications could use better icons.

Maybe look forward for this then for Plasma 6?

Sep 18 2019, 5:37 PM · KDE Applications, VDG
alex-l added a comment to T10243: Some KDE applications could use better icons.

@ngraham I don't know about macOS, but ElementaryOS icons look so good because they are designed for each size and I don't think we have the manpower to do that to Breeze icons.

Sep 18 2019, 5:24 PM · KDE Applications, VDG
alex-l added a comment to T10243: Some KDE applications could use better icons.

@ngraham I think you have a problem with minimalism :) original Breeze icon for Gwenview, Kate and KWrite were even worse than the current ones by me, in fact I already tried to go back to some Oxygen style.

Sep 18 2019, 4:48 PM · KDE Applications, VDG
alex-l added a comment to T10243: Some KDE applications could use better icons.

Just to be clear, is Gwenview icon enough descriptive and distinctive at the same time?

Sep 18 2019, 2:10 PM · KDE Applications, VDG
alex-l added a comment to T10243: Some KDE applications could use better icons.

Actually, that is exactly what I want to have: an arbitrary logo that is distinguishable.
It does Kate a big disservice that we have no icon like Atom/Sublime/Vim/...
A generic "text" icon is nice for a mime-type.
Users will easily detect where to start Atom, but not where to start Kate, as it could just be any other "editor".

Sep 18 2019, 2:00 PM · KDE Applications, VDG
alex-l added a comment to T10243: Some KDE applications could use better icons.

Hey there, Gwenview, Kate and Kwrite icons are by me.

Sep 18 2019, 1:44 PM · KDE Applications, VDG

Jun 22 2019

alex-l added a comment to T10201: Window titlebars.

The important thing is preserving the current ease in distinguishing active window from inactives (for all windows, not only Qt/KDE ones)

Jun 22 2019, 11:42 PM · KDE Applications, VDG
alex-l added a comment to T10201: Window titlebars.

OK, but I don't think that changing Breeze theme for QtWidgets is a good idea to solve an issue with the title bar, only KDE/Qt applications using QtWidgets would benefit of this. And since then Breeze theme for QtWidgets and Breeze window decoration will only make sense if used together.

Jun 22 2019, 7:53 PM · KDE Applications, VDG
alex-l added a comment to T10201: Window titlebars.

What do you think about inactive window title bar matching Plasma panels theme (90% opaque white by default with blur)?

Jun 22 2019, 4:48 PM · KDE Applications, VDG

Jun 19 2019

alex-l added a comment to M128: Plasma Sets.

The problem with that approach is that with a lot of tabs, the amount of remaining drag area is tiny and borderline useless, just like Firefox with CSD currently has

Jun 19 2019, 1:12 PM

Jun 18 2019

alex-l added a comment to T10870: Consider using colorful rather than monochrome icons for small places, devices, and mimetype icons.
In T10870#188954, @mglb wrote:

Anyway consider that any change to mimetype icons imply a lot of work.

Scripting! <3 At least with some designs, like yours or mine

Jun 18 2019, 3:53 PM · VDG
alex-l updated subscribers of M128: Plasma Sets.

Hey @ngraham, you said tabs in the title bar prejudice usability in dragging the window like in Firefox and I think you are right, so I did the following mockup with a responsive layout for the title bar, can you let me know if it would be good for you? Thanks!

Jun 18 2019, 11:46 AM

Jun 13 2019

dos awarded T11084: [Notifications] Adjust indicator for the disappearance a Like token.
Jun 13 2019, 1:24 PM · VDG
alex-l added a comment to T10201: Window titlebars.

Another option would be displaying a label "Menu" instead of the hamburger menu when the window is narrow and File Edit View... labels when there is enough space and dragging area

Jun 13 2019, 8:13 AM · KDE Applications, VDG

Jun 12 2019

alex-l added a comment to T10201: Window titlebars.

Is there a consensus that the titlebars are not liked enough by the users, possibly because they appear to waste too much space while looking empty?

If so, I want to suggest this: Make the menubar titlebar button expandable, so the menubar can be shown inside the titlebar.
For narrow windows:

  • it would stay a hamburger button,
  • or the menubar is cut off somewhere with a drop down button.

    The text in the menubar could be placed a bit downwards, to indicate that it belongs to the application, not the window system.

    Of course, this does not work for browsers which have no menubar by default.
Jun 12 2019, 6:56 PM · KDE Applications, VDG
alex-l added a comment to D21134: [Notifications] Tweak paddings.

Just a mockup but is this middle ground solution good enough?

Jun 12 2019, 6:35 PM · Plasma
alex-l updated the task description for T11084: [Notifications] Adjust indicator for the disappearance.
Jun 12 2019, 6:33 PM · VDG
alex-l renamed T11084: [Notifications] Adjust indicator for the disappearance from Notification indicator for the disappearance on the bottom to [Notifications] indicator for the disappearance on the bottom.
Jun 12 2019, 6:26 PM · VDG
alex-l added a project to T11084: [Notifications] Adjust indicator for the disappearance: VDG.
Jun 12 2019, 6:16 PM · VDG
alex-l created T11084: [Notifications] Adjust indicator for the disappearance.
Jun 12 2019, 6:12 PM · VDG
alex-l added a comment to T11082: Buttons look in Breeze window title bar.

One thing to note is that currently the window resize areas are invisible and drawn outside the window's bounds, so this won't actually impair that use case at all.

Jun 12 2019, 5:59 PM · Breeze, VDG
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alex-l added a comment to T10201: Window titlebars.

@ngraham I opened this, I hope everything is OK: https://phabricator.kde.org/T11082

Jun 12 2019, 5:24 PM · KDE Applications, VDG
alex-l created T11082: Buttons look in Breeze window title bar.
Jun 12 2019, 5:22 PM · Breeze, VDG
alex-l added a comment to T10201: Window titlebars.

Maybe this is just a perception from the point of view of the icons. When looking at the two images, I don't see a perceptible change with the titlebar height, but I notice it with the icons. If the icons were consistently the same size and the titlebar a different height, would that be good?

Jun 12 2019, 8:57 AM · KDE Applications, VDG
alex-l added a comment to T10201: Window titlebars.

BTW. There were window tabs (not app controlled though) in KDE4, but nobody ported them.

Jun 12 2019, 8:49 AM · KDE Applications, VDG

Jun 11 2019

alex-l added a comment to T10201: Window titlebars.

@ngraham After thinking better, I think you're right but I also think that such a large title bar contributes a lot to making users hate server-side decorations. I can't think of any solution apart from making it more useful with tabs like in the Plasma Sets mockup.

Jun 11 2019, 8:51 AM · KDE Applications, VDG

Jun 10 2019

alex-l added a comment to T10201: Window titlebars.

May I suggest to change title bar size from medium to little? I'm on a 169 DPI screen (very high for desktop without UI scaling) and it's still very usable

Jun 10 2019, 3:05 PM · KDE Applications, VDG

Jun 9 2019

alex-l added a comment to T10870: Consider using colorful rather than monochrome icons for small places, devices, and mimetype icons.

At 16x16 the symbol could be removed and just show the document frame (I thought about this when I insisted to associate a color with mostly each mimetype).
Anyway consider that any change to mimetype icons imply a lot of work.

Jun 9 2019, 8:39 AM · VDG
alex-l updated images of M128: Plasma Sets.
Jun 9 2019, 8:22 AM
alex-l added a comment to T10201: Window titlebars.

In my opinion we shouldn't touch Breeze theme for Qt apps or massively redesign KDE apps.
Please consider that KDE apps with Breeze theme could run in a DE without KWin and that not all the apps use Qt, KDE widgets and Breeze theme: KWin should make obvious for every app if its window is active or not. We should change Breeze theme for window decorations only.

Jun 9 2019, 8:20 AM · KDE Applications, VDG

Mar 7 2019

alex-l removed a member for VDG: alex-l.
Mar 7 2019, 12:54 AM

Jan 21 2019

Ghost6 awarded M128: Plasma Sets a Like token.
Jan 21 2019, 3:45 PM
alex-l added a comment to T10047: Guerilla UX testing: a GNOME switcher.

Just a thought: since "alternatives" pattern seems to work, what if Bob find as alternative to application launcher (Kick off) a full screen launcher like the GNOME one, that:

Jan 21 2019, 2:16 PM · VDG, Plasma

Jan 17 2019

alex-l added a comment to D18321: support for the concept of expandible items.

Very cool!

Jan 17 2019, 8:22 PM · Kirigami

Jan 14 2019

alex-l added a comment to M128: Plasma Sets.

@scherek except for the icon-only tabs (that I don't think would work), do you mean something like this?

Jan 14 2019, 7:04 PM
alex-l added a comment to M128: Plasma Sets.

@oussemabouaneni it's writter in the very first image: the browser (and other apps with tabs) should hide their tab bar. Managing shortcuts in a meaningful way shouldn't be a problem. The challenge would be integrating existing browsers like Firefox and not only the KDE one, Falkon.

Jan 14 2019, 6:25 PM
alex-l added a comment to T10325: 5.16 Login screen improvements.

I'm mostly with Andy on this.

Jan 14 2019, 6:19 PM · Plasma, VDG
oussemabouaneni awarded M128: Plasma Sets a Love token.
Jan 14 2019, 12:59 PM

Jan 6 2019

alex-l added a comment to D17310: Use a Kile Icon that is similar to the original.

I'm the author of this one:

Jan 6 2019, 5:21 PM · Frameworks

Dec 19 2018

niccolove awarded M128: Plasma Sets a Love token.
Dec 19 2018, 11:52 AM

Dec 3 2018

alex-l committed R985:d1bfb0aa37e6: Merge branch 'master' of ssh://git.kde.org/websites/hig-kde-org (authored by alex-l).
Merge branch 'master' of ssh://git.kde.org/websites/hig-kde-org
Dec 3 2018, 1:59 PM
alex-l committed R985:b3a694fc8f5e: Always provide an icon for toolbar and maybe a label (authored by alex-l).
Always provide an icon for toolbar and maybe a label
Dec 3 2018, 1:59 PM

Nov 15 2018

alex-l requested review of D16907: Always provide an icon for toolbar and maybe a label.
Nov 15 2018, 6:55 PM

Sep 21 2018

alex-l added a comment to D11880: Add firewall-config and firewall-applet icons.

Very cool icons! But in the panic one the padlock is too small :-/ what a about a checkmark (✅) on the wall instead?

Sep 21 2018, 11:39 AM · Frameworks

Sep 14 2018

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Sep 13 2018

alex-l added a comment to M132: Plasma Mobile Clock.

Do we want time, stopwatch, alarms and timers to be in the same app? We already have KTimer (h[[ https://phabricator.kde.org/M130 | ere a mockup) ]]. Should we develop the remain apps standalone like KTimer or merge it in this "Clock" app?

Sep 13 2018, 5:25 PM · VDG, Plasma: Mobile
alex-l added a comment to M129: Plasma mobile weather app.

Wouldn't tabs and navigation by horizontal swipes better to change location? Same for parameters, maybe with arrows to indicate that you can swipe right/left to view another parameter?

Sep 13 2018, 5:19 PM · VDG, Plasma: Mobile

Jul 15 2018

januz awarded M128: Plasma Sets a 100 token.
Jul 15 2018, 2:19 AM

Jun 26 2018

alex-l updated images of M130: KTimer + Kirigami.
Jun 26 2018, 5:23 PM · VDG, Kirigami
alex-l created M130: KTimer + Kirigami.
Jun 26 2018, 3:09 PM · VDG, Kirigami

Jun 13 2018

alex-l created M128: Plasma Sets.
Jun 13 2018, 2:23 PM

Jun 5 2018

alex-l added a comment to T6929: Telephony functions.

It seems to me that this area intersects with the PIM one. Are we sure we want applications organized this way? It may sound more difficult to implement but I think the most logical design would be the following:

Jun 5 2018, 5:58 PM · Plasma: Mobile (PM 1.0)
alex-l created T8963: Mockups for Plasma Mobile (Kirigami) Applications.
Jun 5 2018, 5:21 PM · VDG

Jun 2 2018

alex-l closed T2269: Left and right margins for list view as Resolved.
Jun 2 2018, 2:23 PM · Kirigami
alex-l added a comment to T8760: Ideas for icon indicating move/slide/reveal actions.

Marco said it's technically impossible.

Jun 2 2018, 2:07 PM · Plasma, Breeze, Kirigami, VDG
alex-l closed T8760: Ideas for icon indicating move/slide/reveal actions as Wontfix.
Jun 2 2018, 2:06 PM · Plasma, Breeze, Kirigami, VDG

May 29 2018

alex-l committed R266:21122c0d77b9: fix handle-right (authored by alex-l).
fix handle-right
May 29 2018, 12:28 PM
alex-l committed R266:ada60953d830: fix handle-right (authored by alex-l).
fix handle-right
May 29 2018, 12:28 PM
alex-l committed R266:085d11995e4f: updated handles and overflow-menu (authored by alex-l).
updated handles and overflow-menu
May 29 2018, 11:49 AM

May 28 2018

alex-l added a comment to D6280: Dolphin softer drop shadow for thumbnails.

Thank for this, can you please share screenshots with dark themes, at least Breeze Dark?

May 28 2018, 11:20 AM · Dolphin

May 26 2018

alex-l added a comment to D12756: [KDateTable] Use more appropriate and readable text colors for weekends and holidays.

Gray seems OK to me. And I confirm the bug with Saturday column.

May 26 2018, 5:59 PM · Frameworks
alex-l updated the summary of D13137: Updated handles and overflow-menu-*.
May 26 2018, 5:45 PM · Frameworks
alex-l requested review of D13137: Updated handles and overflow-menu-*.
May 26 2018, 5:44 PM · Frameworks

May 24 2018

alex-l added a comment to T8747: Put KDE's videos on the alternative video platform PeerTube.

Seems that this was posted by the private account of Allessandro Longo: https://peertube.nsa.ovh/accounts/1292/videos

May 24 2018, 5:47 PM · KDE Promo

May 23 2018

alex-l updated subscribers of M127: Card layout and card content layout for Kirigami and Discover.

Of course this should be discussed with @mart and I would like to hear @colomar 's opinion too.

May 23 2018, 10:51 AM · Discover Software Store, Kirigami
alex-l added a comment to M127: Card layout and card content layout for Kirigami and Discover.

having a vertical alignment between the icon and the stars breaks the fact that we only had 1 thing at the left on the vertical views. This adds clutter.

The reason is that the current layout makes cards narrow and long, so I tried a modular layout that can make cards longer or shorter according to page width. It would be better to have this in Kirigami so Discover just have to fill the cards.

May 23 2018, 9:44 AM · Discover Software Store, Kirigami

May 22 2018

alex-l added a comment to D12983: (icon view) Text width relative to icon size.

Very nice looking 👍🏻

May 22 2018, 9:07 AM · Dolphin
alex-l added a comment to D13031: [ProcessModel] Center more column headings.

Please provide screenshots when tagging VDG

May 22 2018, 9:01 AM · Plasma