I don’t understand the motivation behind making all the icons monochromatic. Have the reason behind this change been properly discussed among developers and experienced users, specially UI experienced?
So far everywhere that I look the vast majority of people that take time to comment on the changes are in agreement that they prefer colorful icons to help peripheral-vision navigation based on hue/saturation instead of shape/texture, as 1D_Inc so aptly explained, including some of the most prominent blender users that this community have. (eg: YanSculpts, Pierrick, Jayanam, Zacharias)
IMO the best compromise would be a Saturation slider on the Theme Preferences. If users want colors, they can have colors. If they prefer monochromatic, they put the Sat. slider to 0.
1D_Inc’s post here about icon colors gained 24 hearts in just 3 days on this thread which has been viewed 3k times total.
That’s almost as much as the main Jendrzych first and main post of the Blender Artists thread which has only 26 hearts since May (5 months ago) on a thread that has been viewed 26.5k times (almost 9 times more visitors).
This should tell us something.
It’s well known that pleased users usually don’t engage as much as displeased. But while comment amount is an indicator of dissatistaction (something I’m not even considering), the heart feature on this forums is an indication of satisfaction. And the few that engaged, are much more pleased with the idea of colorful icons (as they were before).
The fact is that the old Object Icon was an orange beacon everywhere on the interface. The Material icon was a Redish beacon, World/Render properties were Turquoise (blue+green) and modifiers were Blue beacons everywhere. Easily interpreted and found anywhere. Nothing about monochromatic or three-chromatic icons will bring this feature back:
I understand that maybe reinserting colors to the icons would be a step back (but not a bad thing IMO) and this may hurt the feelings of some people. But sometimes humility is key to real progress.
To me this should have been the thought process so far:
-First step: Identifying the reason behind the change. Is it really necessary? What has been gained and what has been lost with this change? Identify clearly what were the advantages of what has been lost (colorful icons).
-Second step: Questioning: is there some way of merging the best of both worlds? Keeping the advantages of one, while maintaining the reason (whatever it was) for the change? If there is, why not add? Time constraints? Manpower? Make it public the reason why the merge is impossible or impractible.
-Third step: Questioning: if there is no way of merging both options, is there some way of making it optional, so that users (if majority, which they are IMO) who are not happy with the change can keep the old appearance? If not, why not? Time constraints? Manpower? Make it public the reasons of why this “option for optional” cannot exist.