Thanks for the mockups nate, the designs are solidifying, with some more deliberation I think we can reach something really good! Here are some points I wish to bring up:
I think this a problem just from color choice at present rather than design. The pastel color scheme you have right now is actually really cute, but it might be a bit too different from the current colors in the outliner. I’m sure that there would be a set of colors that could facilitate both the colors on the left and the collections. I will try to mock some up later, I don’t have much more time today to try things out.
I also can’t tell whether I prefer a backdrop for the collection icons with color, or the icons themselves colored. It’s hard to tell without a really solid color scheme. I find the icons being colored more elegant, it’s not as intrusive, BUT I do find it a bit harsh on the eyes. Since the lines of the collection icon are thin, certain colors can fade into the background a lot without making them bright like the pastel theme. It’s not so bad though. With a backdrop you have less room for colors fading into the backdrop, but it is way more intrusive. Not sure at this point in time what is better.
Regardless I’m curious if this will be ran by the UI team when we have a more clear design of the colored collections?
All the posts here got me thinking and I mocked up another idea:
Here is the idea behind it. After showing some colleagues (who don’t use blender) the thread and all the ideas, they really liked the idea of just the colors on the left. Mostly for cleanliness vs function, but they added that an issue with it is that if you look on the left, find a color, then trail your eye to the right you can potentially lose your place in the rows. Kind of like reading the same line in a book over and over, it happens right? So, I wasn’t a huge fan of coloring the hierarchy lines, but I don’t mind @lone_noel
’s idea of just coloring the vertical line. With this idea, you just have the collection with a block of color on the left, then you can trail your eye to the right and spot the corresponding hierarchy line. Spot the purple one, find the purple block, then look to the right and find the purple line. This way your eye won’t get lost, and you have the added benefit of the left lane having spaces to further define collections . Whether it’s worth having the colored lines in there or not, I’m not sure, but it’s some food for thought.