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Aerc icon contest

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Hi Moritz,

Thanks for the icon idea! I am sending this to aerc-discuss and the
original mailing list as well.

Moritz Poldrack, Jul 24, 2022 at 18:49:
> This icon can be used to represent aerc as a desktop icon, on websites,
> or wherever else is appropriate.

The icon file should probably be installed in $PREFIX/share/aerc/icons
and referenced in aerc.desktop.

> Signed-off-by: Moritz Poldrack <git@moritz.sh>
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>
> Since seeing an SVG just from it's code, it looks something like this:
>
>                     "??????????>
>                    `$$$$$$$$$$$$_
>                    c$$$$$$$$$$$$$`
>                   _$$$$$$$$$$$$$$z
>                  `$$$$$$$8u$$$$$$$-
>                  c$$$$$$$I'$$$$$$$$`
>                 _$$$$$$$*  [$$$$$$$z
>                `$$$$$$$$^  .%$$$$$$$?
>                c$$$$$$$/    I$$$$$$$$`
>               _$$$$$$$$'     c$$$$$$$*
>              `$$$$$$$$-      ^$$$$$$$$]
>              c$$$$$$$&.       \$$$$$$$$`
>             _$$$$$$$$:        .B$$$$$$$*
>            `$$$$$$$$c          <$$@%88B$[
>            c$$$$$$$$`           .  ......
>           _$$$$$$$$(       ."i1r#@$$$$$$$8ct]I^.
>          `$$$$$$$$@.   ';|8$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$#1:.
>          c$$$$$$$$~ .>z$$$$$$$$$$$$&vf|)1)(tx*B$$$$$z~'
>         +$$$$$$$$W,f$$$$$$$$$#)l^' '`":IllI:   .`,~/&$$zi.
>        `$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$8{,.      z$$$$$$$$_        ',{&$|`
>        c$$$$$$$$$$$$$$%}`          ^$$$$$$$$$`           '<cu"
>       +$$$$$$$$$$$$$v:              /$$$$$$$$z              '+f"
>      `$$$$$$$$$$$$x^                .B$$$$$$$$?                ^<`
>      c$$$$$$$$$$z^                   ~$$$$$$$$$^                 '`.
>     +$$$$$$$$$&I                      W$$$$$$$$#
>     _-----?+;`                        `---------^

I am not fond of the style but this is my personal opinion. In fact,
I prefer the ASCII-art version of it! :)

Since this is a matter of taste, I think we should have a contest to see
if others would be interested in submitting a logo.

Also, maybe we should define a few guidelines: do we need a single logo
that can be used for dark and light backgrounds? Do we want a wide logo
for websites and a square icon for favicon, XDG desktop file?

Any thoughts?

>  contrib/icon.svg | 6 ++++++
>  1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)
>  create mode 100644 contrib/icon.svg
> 
> diff --git a/contrib/icon.svg b/contrib/icon.svg
> new file mode 100644
> index 000000000000..17ded2efac0f
> --- /dev/null
> +++ b/contrib/icon.svg
> @@ -0,0 +1,6 @@
> +<!--
> +	The aerc logo by Moritz Poldrack (moritz.sh) is licensed under a
> +	Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
> +	http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
> +-->
> +<svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="0 0 3000 3000"><path d="m810 1959 319-1107 215 735c103-19 219-24 344-3L1351 578c-7-19-34-23-34-23H944s-28 7-35 26L289 2444l259 1a239 239 0 0 0 187-90c216-269 948-990 1976 4-1034-1309-1870-434-1901-400Z"/><path d="m1452 1943 148 501h376s-67-192-178-524c-125-14-240-4-346 23Z"/></svg>
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On Tue Jul 26, 2022 at 11:08 PM CEST, Robin Jarry wrote:
> The icon file should probably be installed in $PREFIX/share/aerc/icons
> and referenced in aerc.desktop.

Good point. Will send a v2 if it's approved of.

> I am not fond of the style but this is my personal opinion. In fact,
> I prefer the ASCII-art version of it! :)

The thing with the ASCII version is that it really doesn't scale well.

> Since this is a matter of taste, I think we should have a contest to see
> if others would be interested in submitting a logo.
>
> Also, maybe we should define a few guidelines: do we need a single logo
> that can be used for dark and light backgrounds? Do we want a wide logo
> for websites and a square icon for favicon, XDG desktop file?
>
> Any thoughts?

I'd say we make a submission phase of say 2 weeks, collect them and then
make another poll.

Regarding format I'd say an icon should be a must, if banners are wanted
you could add one and it should be SVG so it's colours can be easily
adapted.
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On Tue Jul 26, 2022 at 5:08 PM EDT, Robin Jarry wrote:
> Moritz Poldrack, Jul 24, 2022 at 18:49:
> > Since seeing an SVG just from it's code, it looks something like this:
> >
> >                     "??????????>
> >                    `$$$$$$$$$$$$_
> >                    c$$$$$$$$$$$$$`
> >                   _$$$$$$$$$$$$$$z
> >                  `$$$$$$$8u$$$$$$$-
> >                  c$$$$$$$I'$$$$$$$$`
> >                 _$$$$$$$*  [$$$$$$$z
> >                `$$$$$$$$^  .%$$$$$$$?
> >                c$$$$$$$/    I$$$$$$$$`
> >               _$$$$$$$$'     c$$$$$$$*
> >              `$$$$$$$$-      ^$$$$$$$$]
> >              c$$$$$$$&.       \$$$$$$$$`
> >             _$$$$$$$$:        .B$$$$$$$*
> >            `$$$$$$$$c          <$$@%88B$[
> >            c$$$$$$$$`           .  ......
> >           _$$$$$$$$(       ."i1r#@$$$$$$$8ct]I^.
> >          `$$$$$$$$@.   ';|8$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$#1:.
> >          c$$$$$$$$~ .>z$$$$$$$$$$$$&vf|)1)(tx*B$$$$$z~'
> >         +$$$$$$$$W,f$$$$$$$$$#)l^' '`":IllI:   .`,~/&$$zi.
> >        `$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$8{,.      z$$$$$$$$_        ',{&$|`
> >        c$$$$$$$$$$$$$$%}`          ^$$$$$$$$$`           '<cu"
> >       +$$$$$$$$$$$$$v:              /$$$$$$$$z              '+f"
> >      `$$$$$$$$$$$$x^                .B$$$$$$$$?                ^<`
> >      c$$$$$$$$$$z^                   ~$$$$$$$$$^                 '`.
> >     +$$$$$$$$$&I                      W$$$$$$$$#
> >     _-----?+;`                        `---------^
>
> I am not fond of the style but this is my personal opinion. In fact,
> I prefer the ASCII-art version of it! :)
>
> Since this is a matter of taste, I think we should have a contest to see
> if others would be interested in submitting a logo.

Since Aerc is an email client that starts with ⟨A⟩, what about a
modified version of the at-sign with a capital ⟨A⟩ instead of a
lowercase ⟨a⟩?

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On Wed Jul 27, 2022 at 12:09 PM EDT, Noah Pederson wrote:
> > Since Aerc is an email client that starts with ⟨A⟩, what about a
> > modified version of the at-sign with a capital ⟨A⟩ instead of a
> > lowercase ⟨a⟩?
>
> Why not *just* an '@' in an open-source font-face?

I feel like that could be any mail client, so if a user has multiple
installed, it could cause confusion.

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> Since Aerc is an email client that starts with ⟨A⟩, what about a
> modified version of the at-sign with a capital ⟨A⟩ instead of a
> lowercase ⟨a⟩?

Why not *just* an '@' in an open-source font-face? Or maybe 'æ'?

-ngp
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On Wed Jul 27, 2022 at 6:09 PM CEST, Noah Pederson wrote:
> Why not *just* an '@' in an open-source font-face? Or maybe 'æ'?

I think this misses the purpose of an icon, being a distinguishable,
unique representation of the program. The æ with some extras like an
@-circle might be a better fit.
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I do like the idea of an @-style encircled 'æ'.  And I agree that it does need to be distinct, not simply a particular character already in a typeface.

On Wed 27 Jul, 2022 at 15:15 EDT, Moritz Poldrack wrote:
> On Wed Jul 27, 2022 at 6:09 PM CEST, Noah Pederson wrote:
> > Why not *just* an '@' in an open-source font-face? Or maybe 'æ'?
>
> I think this misses the purpose of an icon, being a distinguishable,
> unique representation of the program. The æ with some extras like an
> @-circle might be a better fit.

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Moritz Poldrack, Jul 27, 2022 at 21:15:
> On Wed Jul 27, 2022 at 6:09 PM CEST, Noah Pederson wrote:
> > Why not *just* an '@' in an open-source font-face? Or maybe 'æ'?
>
> I think this misses the purpose of an icon, being a distinguishable,
> unique representation of the program. The æ with some extras like an
> @-circle might be a better fit.

+1 for 'æ' with an @-circle.
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Robin Jarry, Jul 28, 2022 at 11:37:
> Moritz Poldrack, Jul 27, 2022 at 21:15:
> > On Wed Jul 27, 2022 at 6:09 PM CEST, Noah Pederson wrote:
> > > Why not *just* an '@' in an open-source font-face? Or maybe 'æ'?
> >
> > I think this misses the purpose of an icon, being a distinguishable,
> > unique representation of the program. The æ with some extras like an
> > @-circle might be a better fit.
>
> +1 for 'æ' with an @-circle.

I love the idea of an æ with a circle around it!

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>> +1 for 'æ' with an @-circle.

+1
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