Adobe CS3 Icons

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Adobe has released a color wheel showing the new Adobe CS3 icons. But wait, a color wheel? Yep. As it turns out, the new brand includes icons that are simply colored squares with periodic-table-of-the-elements like names; Ai for Illustrator, Ps for Photoshop, Fl for Flash.

Sure, I recognize a … ahem … whole palette of applications now they bought Macromedia. I get that by naming their icons similarly to the base elements, they communicate “base necessities” for graphic designers. Even so, this seems a bit over-designed to me. Fortunately, I don’t care much, unlike Ms. Pieters & Mr. Santa Maria.

On a sidenote, one could assume apps with icons means apps that live on in the post-Macromedia-merger period. Worthy of notice: Fireworks remains, Freehand remains, GoLive remains. ImageReady, on the other hand, seems nowhere to be found. There’s a named Flickr upload if you need more details. Dave Shea has more.

10 thoughts on “Adobe CS3 Icons”

  1. Aiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

    (Yikes, ColdFusion lives on?)

  2. Joen says:

    (Yikes, ColdFusion lives on?)

    Indeed. Coldfusion is like, a form of PHP right?

  3. Indeed. Coldfusion is like, a form of PHP right?

    It’s more evil. (and CreatiVely Capitalised)

  4. Daniel P says:

    Huh..

    So that wasn’t a good idea at all.

    Guess all their ‘idea’ people are on holiday.

  5. Bilal says:

    Lovely colours. I like. 🙂

  6. Rob says:

    As posted from my comment on another blog.

    Working in a huge corporate company that is currently rebranding, I understand where Adobe is coming from in simplifying the CS3 suite visual system. If nothing else, this simplification will remove much of the politics associated with deciding what an image will look like. I bet a good 9 months was spent deciding that Bridge would use a shell icon. What does it really mean? Probably that some art director liked shells. In the end, the user just ends up paying more because it took so long to decide what type of icons were going to represent the programs. In the end everyone loses.

    There is no reason to the madness of the current CS2 iconography. I never liked it.

    Personally I welcome the simplification. It?s intuitive for those who are used to the program, and it is doubtful that you will forget the icon and click on the incorrect program, which after 10 yrs with Adobe, I still do with the CS2 icons.

    I only ask that Adobe stay with a system. It gets very annoying to have to continuously relearn iconography everytime a new version comes out. Save us the look and work on functionality.

    For those of you who don?t like them. Have fun with reskinning your icons over and over. Just remember, while you’re spending hours trying to decide what icon system to use for your program. The rest of us will be getting work done.

  7. Joen says:

    I only ask that Adobe stay with a system. It gets very annoying to have to continuously relearn iconography everytime a new version comes out. Save us the look and work on functionality.

    Great points. I agree with the most of it, and what I don’t agree with I don’t care enough about (I liked both the CS2 and the Macromedia 8 branding). In other words, it’s interesting, but it won’t make a difference for me.

  8. Bramick says:

    I’m ok with it. It doesn’t seem like much to get too excited about.

  9. Dekoration says:

    Personally I welcome the simplification. It?s intuitive for those who are used to the program, and it is doubtful that you will forget the icon and click on the incorrect program, which after 10 yrs with Adobe, I still do with the CS2 icons.

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