I am proposing a new icon set for AOO 4.0 that will make them more usable and recognizable to users.

Our focus should be to be the best user experience, anywhere we can make an improvement is important.
To do this, you need to step out of your shoes and think "if I were a user would I care about X in this context?"



4.0 Proposed


This is for documents.

The Templates are similarly designed
Rather than the page corner in the top right, its in the bottom right.
As well the top of the page has a solid color designating it as a template. 

More Usable? Yes.
- Primary Context (Application Designation - Red). Secondary Context (Application Brand - Green)
- Corner And Designator Color (keep from old design), user can identify the file type quickly by color and designator.
- Enlarged Designation, helps color blind and hard of seeing individuals.
- Mime designation, helps users differentiate file type when the above two fail to help, include when screen space permits  MIME Type is not important to this audience, brain-spill-over from my technical side, technical files like .XML & .XSD. -Samer.
   - Additionally, the color of the MIME type could be different for further differentiation of template files.
- Single gull, or maybe O or circle can satisfy secondary element, less busy yet gets the brand across.


Optimal size, great for showing how fabulous and sophisticated our product is.

At this level we keep the MIME designation but the three characters at a little larger.


At this level we should still be able to see the branding well as well as identifying the file type quickly

At this level we drop the MIME designation, space is limited and mime type becomes less likely to help identify or connect with the user.


At 16px, space is limited, we want to be the least busiest.

Might need to drop the branding to make less busy. (Green)
Our focus should be to be the best user experience, and that might mean dropping the branding to be much more helpful to the user.


Green - Branding (Twin Gulls)
Red - Application Designation
Orange - Page Corner (Colored)

Green - Branding (Approx 1/8 icon)
Red - Application Designation (Approx 1/2 icon)
Orange - Colored Page Corner (Approx 1/8 icon)
Blue - MIME Designation (Approx 1/8 icon)

Tools To Complete Task

GIMP - Free - Can exports icon files with varying sizes. Tutorial on layer sizing and exporting: http://www.gimp-tutorials.net/How-to-make-an-icon-from-a-picture


Current 3.4.1
256px (click to enlarge)

Base - .odb Database Document

Calc - .ods Spreadsheet

Calc - .ots Spreadsheet Template

Draw - .odg Drawing

Draw - .otg Drawing Template

Impress - .odp Presentation

Impress - .otp Presentation Template

Math - .odf Formula Document

Writer - .odm Master Document

Writer - .odt Text Document

Writer - .ott Text Template

Writer - .oth Web Template

Existing references and resources for icons:




AOO.next Flat Desktop Icon Exploration

Submitted by Kevin Grignon

Palette is based on AOO blue as key colour.

AOO Desktop Icon Exploration - Samer Mansour 

Improvement in icons to emphasize file type (enlarged application icon and colours, decrease in birds and black styling taking up space.)

AOO Desktop Icon Exploration 2 (Round) - Samer Mansour

Rounded to match branding, Went flat, sharper, increased contrast between designator and background icon. Less busy, dropped the gulls.

Changed templates to be dotted, different perspective than we used in the past, left the solid bar at the top so previous 3.x users transition to new icon set.

Then I thought keep the circle theme going (lines don't scale down as nicely in circle version because its smaller to start with):


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  1. I love them all!

    But maybe some explanation is needed – at least for me – on what the various "views" represent.

  2. Well...I personally still like the first batch the best – non-circle theme with gulls. Right now, I fell the gulls are really a defining image in our "brand". Without them, the other icons just seem lost to me.