Author Topic: New icon for "new messages" notification wrong  (Read 8031 times)

Piotr K

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New icon for "new messages" notification wrong
« on: February 18, 2017, 12:40:38 pm »
Last update (Feb 17) brought new design (disputable) but also new icons. One particulary misleading. I can see now on my status bar a notification icon that clearly shows OPEN envelope instead of old one with @ logo.
This is wrong for two reasons:
1. OPEN envelope gives subconscious impression that for a reason my incoming mail has already been opened. By whom I ask and why my mail client allowed someone to touch my mail? ;-)
2. No recognizable logo doesn't properly identify the icon as connected to AquaMail app. I may have many apps using the envelope metaphor.
However pretty the icon may be, it is wrong.

I strongly recommend reconsidering the design of this icon.

Being a professional designer, I also warn the developer that Material Design guidelines are quackery and lead to a dead end, from both aesthetic and usability points of view. Minimalism is not the panaceum, and badly designed minimalism is a disaster. Try not to fall into this trap.

Cukierkas

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Re: New icon for "new messages" notification wrong
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2017, 02:21:55 pm »
Hello there.  Yes, strange felling, when you're going to read an emails, and icon says, that it already opened :)

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Kostya Vasilyev

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Re: New icon for "new messages" notification wrong
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2017, 05:47:54 pm »
The icon has a "wave" that plays on the "aqua" theme. Why would an email app notify about "already read" messages?
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Re: New icon for "new messages" notification wrong
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2017, 06:33:32 pm »
Hello,
the new icon is much better than the old one - for me.

I never got the idea that the icon has to do with already "marked read" messages.

Instead I always see the notification icon as the unique and tiny black/white version of the app's new icon.

By the way:

Little feature request: Please show a similar but different icon, when there are two or more new messages.

Kostya Vasilyev

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Re: New icon for "new messages" notification wrong
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2017, 06:59:16 pm »
RE: Little feature request: Please show a similar but different icon, when there are two or more new messages.

Good idea. Gmail app does that, and I always liked it.
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Cukierkas

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Re: New icon for "new messages" notification wrong
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2017, 07:29:21 pm »
RE: Little feature request: Please show a similar but different icon, when there are two or more new messages.

Good idea. Gmail app does that, and I always liked it.
Yes, please do. 

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nica

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Re: New icon for "new messages" notification wrong
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2017, 08:24:21 pm »


Good idea. Gmail app does that, and I always liked it.
Yes, this is what I meant.


mikeone

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Re: New icon for "new messages" notification wrong
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2017, 10:56:48 pm »


Good idea. Gmail app does that, and I always liked it.
Yes, this is what I meant.
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Kostya Vasilyev

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Re: New icon for "new messages" notification wrong
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2017, 01:54:13 pm »
@Paris Geek

We fixed a whole bunch of things that you and other users reported.

Yes, I understand you're not happy that we didn't fix "everything" and "immediately", and there are some design decisions you don't agree with.

But really, do you honestly think we haven't done enough - listening and iterating?
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Re: New icon for "new messages" notification wrong
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2017, 11:27:28 pm »
My problem with the new icon is that it looks like the notification for new mail, I keep looking at it and thinking I have new emails I would like to see it differ more in shape like it used to be for that reason.

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Re: New icon for "new messages" notification wrong
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2017, 02:39:30 pm »
The icon has a "wave" that plays on the "aqua" theme. Why would an email app notify about "already read" messages?
Hi kostya...I realised that's what it meant...a play on your new logo...but I can also see that in the header bar on the phone it is less obvious aquamail and more like an open mail. Personally I'm ok with it since the logic would also challenge why would you notify of an open mail :-).   Keep up the good work!

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Re: New icon for "new messages" notification wrong
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2017, 09:57:38 pm »
Please go back to the nice @ looking app logo and notification icon at the top bar! Now its just a plain envelope that looks like any SMS message etc.

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Re: New icon for "new messages" notification wrong
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2017, 11:37:20 pm »
The new icon is fine.  Its design clearly marks it as an AquaMail graphic.  These things (UI) are way too subjective to please all users.

I agree that adding an icon that indicates multiple new emails would be a nice enhancement.
« Last Edit: February 21, 2017, 01:46:17 am by Geezer »

staceyuk

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Re: New icon for "new messages" notification wrong
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2017, 06:41:16 pm »
Another vote for incorporating the old notification icon please. I find the old one makes it easier to see when I have new mail.

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mikeone

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Re: New icon for "new messages" notification wrong
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2017, 06:51:00 pm »
Another vote for incorporating the old notification icon please. I find the old one makes it easier to see when I have new mail.

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IMO a notification icon is supposed to notify the user about a new incoming message. Therefore, the (open) envelope is a quite clear sign, better to distinguish from other similar icons... at least for me.
« Last Edit: February 21, 2017, 06:58:26 pm by mikeone »