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Software News   Software News : Drawer Design Poll
   posted by Mason on 30-Jun-2004 17:49:21 (12917 reads)
I would like to ask the community which design should be used as the default look for drawers.

see poll to the right ->


1. Metall Drawer with longish Knob
2. Metall Drawer with round Knob
3. Wooden Drawer with longish Knob
4. Wood Drawer with round Knob
5. New one


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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 30-Jun-2004 19:30:18
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The longer handle looks better IMHO.

...and I'd probably go for the metal look (although the wood looks a little more personal).

Number 1 for me.

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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 30-Jun-2004 19:31:59
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1! The metal one!

Or a standard drawer like 3.9 but updated

Like this:

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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 30-Jun-2004 19:35:53
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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 30-Jun-2004 19:41:12
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Just wait a view minutes and Davey will put a real poll on

Thanks again

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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 30-Jun-2004 19:42:04
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I'll go for no. 3. I feel the metal ones are too plain looking.

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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 30-Jun-2004 19:44:25
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I'd have to say number 5.

The grey ones do not stand out enough to me &, personally, I'm not into the wood look on a computer. Although I really DO like the idea of a subtly textures design.

If I was to make a suggestion I'd say I like the current isometric blue ones. The fact that they are a little taller too helps for me.

The flatter design worked better when a standard Workbench resolution used 2:1 pixels (640*256). With resolutions averaging 800*600 or 1024*768 the images need to be closer to a square(ish).

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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 30-Jun-2004 19:52:43
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Can't see any image here... it works...

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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 30-Jun-2004 20:15:44
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Cool to let us in on this!

The new shape is good (I like the thought of going back to the shape of the drawers pre-New/Glowicons). But each drawer looks way to simplistic. The wooden ones have a little more "structure", which is good -- but wood looks cheap. On the other hand, the metallic ones are better colour-wise, but way too featureless. The long handles are better than the round ones though; gives a more symmetric and professional look.

As I have mentioned earlier, I feel the icons of the prerelease and these new ones as well, lack quite a bit in contrast. They tend to "fade" into a bright background which makes a "weak" impression (for lack of a better term). They could do well wih a black edge to better bring the icons "out from the screen".

I'm not dissing your work, here by the way, Mason. Your work is always looking good. And I like the shape of these new drawers! But I hope my critique do spawn some further design modifications.

I vote for 5) or a modified and polished mix of 1) and 3).

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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 30-Jun-2004 20:19:36
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Can't see any image here... it works...

I was in the process of fixing it, but someone else beat me to it

(The original image link was ok though)

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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 30-Jun-2004 20:50:10
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The all look fantastic. Has anyone ever thought of digitising actual pictures and using that as an ICON.

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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 30-Jun-2004 20:54:15
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As I have mentioned earlier, I feel the icons of the prerelease and these new ones as well, lack quite a bit in contrast.


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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 30-Jun-2004 21:24:04
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I like the current style file cabinet a lot, but of those four I'd select the first one.

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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 30-Jun-2004 21:31:25
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Well, I use my own image for years now... Just a quick and dirty hack )

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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 30-Jun-2004 21:49:37
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Some time ago someone has posted a modified version of your drawers for the prerelease, I prefer that one.


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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 30-Jun-2004 23:12:55
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AAH! I voted for no.4 though No.3 looks better. I agree w monoxyde metal drawers sux. BUT...
I would post here how draewers should look though I'll need to install redhat 9 linux for that - RH
RH sux Slack rules! Slack - for the subgenius!
Anyone looked at bluecurve theme and kde loading? THAT BIG DRAWER! IT'S LOOK ROX!

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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 1-Jul-2004 0:21:04
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How about a little truth in advertising? all seriousness, we're using Workbenches. I'd prefer rough-around-the-edges to polished-n-pretty. The wood look, #3, looks best to me, but how about a "distressed wood" look? Something that says "this is a workshop" rather than "this is a desktop".

Ideas on the Internet are like pictures of my family. Snap enough of them off and eventually one of them will be worth keeping.

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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 1-Jul-2004 1:12:35
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Alternative nr. 1!

Amiga is the One...

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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 1-Jul-2004 1:49:16
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The long handles are the best.

But ... I don't like any of them in particular. I don't know why ... the metal is too plain, the wood isn't very good. I think the metal with some inner contrast might work. What are the "open drawer" icons like?

Maybe have the options for different coloured metal drawers! Dark Green, Red, White, Blue and so on, like in real life. I think that the problem is that it is so /bland/ ...

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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 1-Jul-2004 2:44:42
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they all suck, and you'll be fooling youself if u think someone outside the community won't think so.
no.3 is the least bad, but seriously... take a leaf out of powericons' book. those look like good icons.

the stern hand of outside criticism slaps the amiga community round the face once again...

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Re: Drawer Design Poll
Posted on 1-Jul-2004 5:08:53
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I'm throwing my hat in for "I don't like them" and "the third sucks least" group. What I would like to see is some sort of picture drawer like the MagicWB icons provided done in the way of PowerIcons (PNG 24bit with 8bit alpha channels) to handle shadows, outlines, and other transparencies. Icons that stand out without looking out of place are very hard to create and I'll give you kudos for doing everything you've done so far, but the latest OS needs a way to "fit in" per say. At the same time, the icons need the option to "dumb down" and still look slick for the old-hat Amiga users.

My 2 coins.

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