Office 2008 Icons Stink

Transmitter wrote this terribly early in the morning:

Office 2008 Icons

Microsoft reveals, yet again, why design is important. Their new icons released in Office 2008 for Mac have surprisingly gotten even worse. They already had the bubble-letter, glossy-glare thing going on. Why not add a white line around it?

Add all of this on top of Apple’s transparent and reflective dock and you end up with what look like really shiny (completely illegible) blobs of color. At least they stuck with the same color coding for their apps.

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6 Responses to “Office 2008 Icons Stink”

  1. Ricky Says:

    You are fucking stupid these icons are beautiful. The now look like they are glowing. The white line makes it look more professional and crisp

  2. Transmitter Says:

    Ricky –

    I’m going to overlook your personal criticism and inability to form a complete sentence, and attempt to respond to what I think you’re actually trying to say.

    You’re right that the icons look like they’re glowing. This is exactly the problem that I have with them. The glowing effect makes it very difficult to read them when they are small and crammed in with a bunch of other icons on a transparent dock. Part of the problem is that Apple made their dock transparent, but Microsoft was aware of this long before their icon development. Not to mention, their old icons were at least legible on the dock.

    I don’t see how the white line makes it look more professional. Maybe you can elaborate? My opinion is that the white line is just too much for an icon that is generally viewed at a very small scale. I can possibly see the white line working if the icons always displayed at the massive size represented in my screen capture.

  3. oda Says:

    White lines rock like no other, but the truth is that these icons are boring and unclear. Not even the holy white line can save them…because they suck

  4. Guillermo Says:

    They may look “nice” to someone with an unpopulated, large sized dock with maganification all the way up to the high setting. But to users with 30+ icons on their dock, the new office icons do look out of place. While the 2004 icon set was bland, they looked much better on the dock than the new ones. If ALL app icons were glossy and had that glowing effect (something that I believe should or could be part of a dock effect third party app), then they would fit in.

    I stumbled on this site while looking for an icon set replacement.

  5. AlexM Says:

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

  6. wad11656 Says:

    Ricky, +1

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