The first half of this year, I had the chance to work on icon and design for two big free-software projects.
First, I’ve been hired to work on Mageia. I had to refresh the look for Mageia 6, which mostly meant making new icons for the Mageia Control Center and all the internal tools.
I proposed to replace the oxygen-like icons with some breeze-like icons.
This way it integrates much better with modern desktop, and of course it looks especially good with plasma.
The result is around 1/3 of icons directly imported from breeze, 1/3 are modified versions and 1/3 are created from scratch. I tried to follow as much as possible the breeze guidelines, but had to adapt some rules to the context.
I also made a wallpaper to go with it, which will be in the extra wallpaper package so not used by default:
available in different sizes on this link.
And another funny wallpaper for people that are both mageia users and Pepper & Carrot fans:
available in different sizes on this link
(but I’m not sure yet if this one will be packaged at all…)
Note that we still have some visual issues with the applets.
It seems to be a problem with how gtkcreate_pixbuf is used. But more important, those applet don’t even react to clic in plasma (while this seems at least to work fine in all other desktop).
Since no one seems to have an easy fix or workaround yet, if someone has an idea to help…
Soon after I finished my work on Mageia, I’ve been hired to work on fusiondirectory.
I had to create a new theme for the web interface, and again I proposed to base it on breeze, similar to what I did for Mageia but in another different context. Also, I modified the CSS to look like breeze-light interface theme. The result theme is called breezy, and is now used by default since the last release.
I had a lot of positive feedback on this new theme, people seem to really like it.
Before to finish, a special side note for the breeze team: Thank you so much for all the great work! It has been a pleasure to start from it. Feel free to look at the mageia and fusiondirectory git repositories to see if there are icons that could be interesting to push upstream to breeze icon set.