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Felt like making some new icons for MPT, and thought I'd share them, along with the sources, maybe someone finds them useful.
For now the set contains icons of following sizes: 128px, 64px, 48px 32px (three versions) and 16px (two versions)
Edit: Added 48px, 32px and 16px 3D-style icons
« Last Edit: November 03, 2017, 17:01:51 by manx »

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Re: Some custom MPT icons I made
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2017, 22:51:42 »
Nice, especially the first one. ;)
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Re: Some custom MPT icons I made
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2017, 01:25:33 »
Thanks :)

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Re: Some custom MPT icons I made
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2017, 09:36:50 »
I actually like the MPT_*px.ico icons better than anything we are currently using (both as website favicon as well as mptrack.exe and module file icons).

I particular, I never liked the current mptrack.exe or module file icon. The film-like appearance gives the impression it had something to do with video, which is completely misleading.

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Re: Some custom MPT icons I made
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2017, 10:03:42 »
Yeah, the current icon might suggest it's a video editor rather than a tracker (I actually like it tho, because i got so used to it, lol). Module icons are pretty much spot on as they currently are, in contrast, with their tracker grid and C-5 note, they give away what the file contains at a glance imo (they might just need a style refactor, and that's it, but i don't feel like it's necessary)

BTW, random suggestion: If you're ever going to change the icon set to something new, be it mine or someone else's, i'd rather keep original ones inside the executable's resources just in case, because I can totally relate to people who got used to them, and want to set their shortcut icons manually to the old ones :)

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Re: Some custom MPT icons I made
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2017, 10:37:44 »
I think we could consider changing the icon(s) in 1.28. Especially at smaller sizes it's easier to recognize than the film strip. For that I'd like to use the variant with the black background (64px/128px), the lighter background doesn't look so nice IMHO. The file icon could definitely use a style update, so if you want to give it a try, be my guest. ;) Nothing too drastic, but maybe having stronger colors like in the icons you showcased here. The original icon can be found at https://download.openmpt.org/resources/graphics/mpt_document.zip
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Re: Some custom MPT icons I made
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2017, 22:04:38 »
I do like the 'm over the p' part of the logo, but the audio plug doesn't quite match. OTOH, I don't know what would be better. Perhaps a picture of an electrical plug, if we're focusing on the 'plug' part of Modplug.  :o

That being said, I do think it's time for an upgrade. Thanx to our devs, the new features and fixes have made the modplug experience better, and it promises to be even better with the upcoming 1.27. And this logo is an encellent push in the right direction for the modplug 'brand' (do we have a brand?)...8)

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Re: Some custom MPT icons I made
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2017, 22:43:03 »
Well, it's a faithful copy of the existing ModPlug logo, including the audio plug, and I think it matches quite well (both in the original and here). It might have to be edited at lower resolution to make the plug more obvious though.
An audio plug also delivers the message that this is an audio application much more directly than an electrical plug - which is a metaphor that I would like to reserve for other uses anyway, such as VST plugins or user scripts.
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Re: Some custom MPT icons I made
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Re: OpenMPT logo and icon redesign
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2017, 17:01:10 »
I have compiled a table of all current (and some older) OpenMPT icon and logo artwork.

When referring to specific current or older assets, please use the bold name on top of each asset.


I have not been able to determine proper authorship, creation date and license for all assets.


mpt-icons-svg-emf
usessourceauthordatelicense
zip(eps, svg)2009-07-15
scalable

mpticons
usessourceauthordatelicense
zip(svg, png)Saga Musix2009-07-15
scalable logo
scalable mpticon 1
scalable mpticon 2
scalable mpticon 3
128x128 32bit mpticon 1
32x32 32bit mpticon 1
16x16 32bit mpticon 1
128x128 32bit mpticon 2
32x32 32bit mpticon 2
16x16 32bit mpticon 2
128x128 32bit mpticon 3
32x32 32bit mpticon 3
16x16 32bit mpticon 3

logo-less-bright
usessourceauthordatelicense
eps
svg
2010-03-17
scalable

wallpaper1
usessourceauthordatelicense
website logo
wallpaper
pngSnu2010-10-28
1600x1200 32bit
139x138 32bit with outline

favicon
usessourceauthordatelicense
faviconicoSaga Musix
16x16 256 colors

splashno
usessourceauthordatelicense
splash screenpngNofold2004-09-10BSD3
399x299 24bit

mptrack
usessourceauthordatelicense
about dialogpngSnu, Shableep2004-02-24BSD3
256x128 24bit



mpticon
usessourceauthordatelicense
aiNobuyuki2009-06-18BSD3
scalable

mptrack256
usessourceauthordatelicense
forum logo
bug tracker logo
pngNobuyuki2009-06-19, 2015-08-16BSD3
256x256 32bit

mptgloss-32-8-4
usessourceauthordatelicense
zip(ico)Nobuyuki2009-06-19BSD3
128x128 32bit
48x48 32bit
32x32 32bit
16x16 32bit
48x48 256 colors
32x32 256 colors
16x16 256 colors
32x32 16 colors

MPTRACK
usessourceauthordatelicense
application iconicoNobuyuki2009-06-19, 2013-11-30BSD3
256x256 32bit
48x48 32bit
32x32 32bit
24x24 32bit
16x16 32bit
32x32 16 colors

moddoc
usessourceauthordatelicense
module window iconicoNobuyuki2009-06-19, 2013-11-30BSD3
32x32 32bit
24x24 32bit
16x16 32bit
32x32 16 colors

mpt_document
usessourceauthordatelicense
file association icon (original svg will not render properly without the required font for the pattern text)zip(ai, svg)Nobuyuki2010-01-07BSD3
scalable

mpt
usessourceauthordatelicense
file association iconicoNobuyuki, kuenzign2010-01-07, 2015-10-25BSD3
256x256 32bit
48x48 32bit
32x32 32bit
16x16 32bit
32x32 16 colors
16x16 16 colors
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Re: OpenMPT logo and icon redesign
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2017, 17:03:09 »
I have changed the subject of the original post, as this thread is a good fit to discuss the whole redesign phase.
 

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Re: OpenMPT logo and icon redesign (was: Some custom MPT icons I made)
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2017, 17:17:45 »
Licensing of OpenMPT artwork has been unclear at best in the past. The current artwork used in OpenMPT itself is BSD3 licensed for the best I could tell.
However, BSD3 is probably not that good of a license choice for non-source-code/non-program data.

I suggest dual-licensing all future artwork under both BSD3 and CC-BY-4.0.

Please note that CC-SA (share alike) as well as CC-NC (non commercial) attributes are actually stronger requirements than what BSD3 demands, and I would thus strongly suggest against using these for OpenMPT artwork.

In any case: I Am No A Lawyer.

references:
CC BY 4.0 license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
BSD3 license https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSD_licenses#3-clause_license_.28.22BSD_License_2.0.22.2C_.22Revised_BSD_License.22.2C_.22New_BSD_License.22.2C_or_.22Modified_BSD_License.22.29

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Re: OpenMPT logo and icon redesign (was: Some custom MPT icons I made)
« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2017, 18:54:12 »
In addition to Midori's suggestions, we also got a great offer from graphics designer Úlfur Kolka to rework the logo, splash screen and other graphical elements to unify them a bit more.


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Re: OpenMPT logo and icon redesign (was: Some custom MPT icons I made)
« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2017, 19:33:48 »
we also got a great offer from graphics designer Úlfur Kolka to rework the logo, splash screen and other graphical elements to unify them a bit more.

We already had some discussion about this design privately, I am re-stating my comments here, for public reference. Further discussion should happen here in the public forum.

I like the general direction of that design.

However I would prefer (not require, though) if the "plug" aspect of the current logo could be maintained somehow. Where to put the plug could be changed though (like trying to use the lower part of the 'P').

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Re: OpenMPT logo and icon redesign (was: Some custom MPT icons I made)
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2017, 19:36:05 »
A general comment: We currently have many different icons used for different purposes: application icon, file association icon, website favicon. I do not think this is necessary or useful and would prefer to unify them and use a single icon design for all 3 use cases.