New icons in IntelliJ Platform 2018.2

One of the main goals of all the products we create at JetBrains is to increase our productivity as developers. And we’re ready to go the extra mile to achieve this.

This year IntelliJ IDEA turned 18. Through all these years, the IDE has got lots of nice features, and for many of them, dedicated icons were added. As a result, there are colorful icons all over the interface.

2017.3@2xMain toolbar in IntelliJ IDEA 2017.3. Almost all icons have at least two colors and complex shapes.

Such abundance of color and detail distracts from the main purpose of the IDE – working with code efficiently. To help maintain focus and productivity, a clearer UI was needed.

Two years ago we updated the Project tree icons. We made them flat and systematized the colors.

project tree@2x

Project tree icons in 2016.2 vs. 2016.3

The next step was then to improve the toolbars. There have been no significant changes in the toolbar structure since the earliest versions. If you compare the main toolbar in the different versions of IntelliJ IDEA, they are pretty similar:

retrospective1@2xMain toolbar across the different IntelliJ IDEA versions: 9, 11, 12, and 2017.3

Was it still necessary to have so many icons on the toolbars? Do most users actually click all these icons? To answer these questions, we collected usage statistics and used these insights to analyze the toolbars.

Icons-2017.3-heat-map-gifMain toolbar in 2017.3, reflecting the statistics of how many users usually click each icon. Green stands for ‘used by the greatest number of users’, while red means ‘used by the least number of users.’

We identified the icons that were being used by less than 5% of all users, and removed them. These icons will no longer distract the other 95% of users. With fewer icons on the toolbar, it’s also faster to find the one you need.

2018.1@2x2018.1 main toolbar with removed rarely used icons

In addition to removing the rarely used icons, we have also redesigned the remaining ones. The toolbar icons had not been updated since 2012 (for 6 years!), looking rather inconsistent and somewhat outdated.

There are about 4,000 unique icons in IntelliJ-based products. Structured and clear guidelines for icons, therefore, was a prerequisite for a redesign. We’ve developed a guide like that, and here are some main points.


1. Style and forms

The common style unites several icons into a set. The unified style makes the icons cohesive and recognizable.

The majority of IntelliJ Platform icons are rather small — 16px x 16px. So we’ve settled on a flat geometric icon style with straight corners and edges. Flat icons work better and remain legible even at small sizes.

style@2x(1) Flat shapes over complex 3d forms; (2) straight corners over a mix of corners; and
(3) straight lines over curves.

At the same time, we wanted the icons to be simple. Clean and simple icons ensure readability and reduce visual clutter.

details@2xEach icon is reduced to its minimal form, without losing its significance.

The new icon shapes were designed using a grid and keyline shapes. The grid and basic shapes help make the icons visual proportions and placement consistent.

Grid and keyline shapes help make the icons’ visual proportions and placement consistent.

As the main drawing line, we use a 2px stroke. Using the same line weights across icons keeps the icons consistent.

stroke@2x(1) Consistent stroke width. (2) The thinner stroke can be used for subtle tweaks
to the legibility of an icon and for optical correction.

One of the subtasks was to unify a huge variety of arrows.

arrows@2xArrow icons, unified. Arrowheads of 90°, 2px body ends in a square stroke.
Orientation: horizontal, vertical, 45° or round.

In the old set, some icons used several versions of the same metaphor, while others had specific metaphors that could be replaced with a more generic one. We worked to unify the metaphors and merge any duplicates.

merge@2xDuplicated icons, merged. When similar icons are responsible for the same functions, things get confusing.


2. Colors

Many of the icons from the old set did not follow any guidelines on colors. The color was often just used for decoration.

We’ve rethought how we use color and systematized the color palette. Now, color is always used to convey specific information. For instance, green is used for start actions, and red stands for ‘stop’ or destructive actions.



Tool window buttons

The biggest controversy was caused by the tool window button icons. We’ve made all tool window icons grey.

toolbuttons_grey@2xNew tool window buttons

We reasoned as follows:

  • The tool window buttons appear along the whole perimeter of the IDE. The monochromatic icons make the environment less distracting and help you concentrate on the code.
  • All primary tool windows are more or less equivalent in terms of usage, so it does not seem that any of them should stand out.
  • Using tool window buttons is more about muscle memory: you are likely to remember the button position and just move the mouse to this place.
  • Unlike the toolbar icons, tool window buttons have labels to help identify them and their.

We’ve received some feedback about the new tool window icons. Many people inside JetBrains and external EAP users like the new simplified forms of the tool window button icons. However, some users have complained about the lack of color (IDEA-192025).

The color helped them find icons faster, and now it takes more time to read labels. The second problem is that tool windows from some 3rd-party plugins still have colored icons, and they are too bright in comparison to the new grey icons.

Thank you all for the feedback! We are still thinking about what version of icons should be used. If the new icons are not as useful for you, please use the “ToolWindow Colorful Icons” plugin that colors the tool window button icons.

toolbuttons_colored@2xNew tool window buttons with the ‘ToolWindow Colorful Icons’ plugin

We look forward to continuing this dialog and collecting more feedback. We will use your feedback to come up with future plans.



We have updated many of the icons in the most common toolbars, and we intend to continue these efforts.

summary@2xMain toolbars in 2018.1 vs. 2018.2.
A “Git” label was added to help new users find out that Version Control is supported in the IDE.

Organizing the color palette and paying attention to icon shapes helped us make the UI visually simpler. A clear interface now helps minimize distraction from the source code, thus improving your focus and productivity.

Please try the preview of IntelliJ IDEA 2018.2 or other IntelliJ-based IDEs and tell us what you think!

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146 Responses to New icons in IntelliJ Platform 2018.2

  1. LC says:

    June 26, 2018

    It was bad when you changed the project tree icons and it’s very bad now.

    “One of the main goals of all the products we create at JetBrains is to increase our productivity as developers.”

    You’re a UX Designer, not a developer.

    Since the subscription model was introduced your products are getting worse and worse, unlike their memory and cpu consumptions.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      June 28, 2018

      What exactly do you not like in project tree icons and in new toolbar icons?

    • Mehdi says:

      June 28, 2018

      They look good. What’s your problem?

      • LC says:

        July 4, 2018

        “Looking good” is not at the top of the list of what I need from icons in a tool with a complex UI.

        • intosh says:

          August 7, 2018

          Why don’t you articulate what you mean by “bad”? This was asked of you several times above and you provided zero useful details.

        • Lil Sebastian says:

          September 6, 2018

          Right, but if you don’t explain what exactly it is that makes it an issue for you, nobody is going to be able to help you.

      • Siilk says:

        August 8, 2018

        No they are not. New shapes are way to abstract and detached from what they are supposed to represent. On top of that, the lack of colour makes them harder to distinguish at a glance, they just blend together into a mass of hard to recognize symbols. This is especially bad for grey icons as they also blend into the grey background

  2. Bas says:

    June 26, 2018

    I personally really like what you guys been doing to the UI recently! But in a perfect world, there would be more theming options as I personally don’t like the colors in Darcula.

  3. TheBestPessimist says:

    June 26, 2018

    Please don’t make the colors dull and flat. They don’t look as good.

    I really like having _at least_ a little bit of color on the buttons, even if muscle memory is what it usually drives me.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      June 27, 2018

      Thank you for the comment! We do not remove the colors completely, just reduce the number of colors and use color to convey meaning.

      Could you please provide examples, where you’d like to add more color? You could comment the ticket and add images there, if it’s more convenient for you.

      • Udo says:

        July 26, 2018

        IMO colors in icons work as an eye-catcher.
        It’s easy to find a colored icon like the blue-ish version-control or black-ish Terminal. Now all is grey in grey and it’s much harder to find the area/function I’m looking for.

        It’s like loosing a dimension – in the past icons differ by shape and color, now it’s only by shape.
        Using colors only by impact “positive”, “destructive”, “warnings”… is far too less because most of the icons are used to identify areas and functions which don’t fall into the categories above.

        I want the colors back 🙂

        • Mark Lindhout says:

          July 30, 2018

          Agreed. The colors were my go-to aspect of recognition as well. I feel lost now, since both the shapes have changed, and the colors are gone.

          At _least_ provide a way to revert back to the previous icon set if you’re removing it!

          I mean, this is my always-used, always-open software. You can’t just break it by saying inane crap like ‘Are users really clicking these icons?’.

          MEASURE, TRACK, and DECIDE, for god’s sake. You’re not some goddamn Berlin start-up full of Dunning-Krüger-victims.

          • Mark Lindhout says:

            July 30, 2018

            Also, a 5% usage rate would definitely still be supported at any company I’ve ever worked with.

            Especially in the world of programming, there are a boatload of edge cases. If you use metrics like that, you are using them irresponsibly, and you are hiding the problem you as UX-designers are here to solve.

        • Alina Mishina says:

          July 30, 2018

          Hi, Udo!

          Please use the plugin if you want to return the colored icons back.

          • Siilk says:

            August 8, 2018

            That link to the plugin is a single positive thing on this whole page, including the article itself.

        • Rupert Jung says:

          August 9, 2018

          ACK. Can’t believe UI designers make the same errors over and over again. It’s the same debacle like in Visual Studio 2012 (where they had to revert the icon color scheme in later versions).

  4. K says:

    June 26, 2018

    Perhaps instead of just “coming up with future plans”, also have interested parties **test** your new designs … Such as on

    Widespread utilities need regulation.

  5. Maccimo says:

    June 26, 2018

    Just tried plugin, mentioned in the post. They are completely useless.
    Only the few toolbar icons colored and no other icons fixed.

    So you just renamed “Idea 2016.2 Icons Pack” plugin and throw away all but few toolbar icons from them. Oh, and convert hundred-lines-of-code plugin from Java to Kotlin, of course!

    Damn, what really disturb me is the fact I’m forced to search for really working icon substitution plugin with *colorful* and *contrast* icons or stay with 2018.1 where above mentioned “Icons Pack” still works.

    C’mon, JetBrains, fire your marketing and UI/UX depts, they are enemies!

  6. Arnav Desai says:

    June 26, 2018

    Was there any thought or a process given around maybe providing a single plugin which the users might extend/update etc. to create their own versions of the icons and also making it part of the theme so that the user could change the setup as to their liking based on their preferences.

  7. Josh says:

    June 26, 2018

    I’m confused as to why people, under the banner of “productivity”, are complaining about changes to things one uses a mouse to click.

    If they truly cared about productivity, they might have tried learning keyboard-only equivalents to see if those were more efficient.

    • Charlie Hayes says:

      June 27, 2018

      Having distinguishing colors lets one identify icons in ones periphery without having to focus on the icons or perform cognitive tasks to identify the meaning (by reading or understanding).

      Memorizing keyboard shortcuts puts a much higher burden on users than letting them discover features by looking around. Also, often times a user’s hand is on the mouse and thus using the mouse is more efficient than moving their hand over to the keyboard.

      Colors (or lack of colors) can also be used to indicate a UI element is disabled. There is no physical feedback for this using keyboard shortcuts, users would still need to rely on visual feedback.

      • halirutan says:

        June 27, 2018

        I understand that people have different feelings about colored icons, but “using your peripheral vision to distinguish colors” is biologically unsound. You might want to read about the fovea centralis before making such claims. It is actually a tiny portion of about 5 degrees where you have foveal vision which means high resolution and colors. As I’m too lazy, I will quote wiki

        “The size of the fovea is relatively small with regard to the rest of the retina. However, it is the **only** area in the retina where 20/20 vision is attainable, and is the area where fine detail and colour can be distinguished.”

        Unless you are super-human, there is no way you can identify anything without actually focusing it on a moderately large screen. On my 33′ screen with IDEA in fullscreen mode.. no way that I can make out what happens in the project view when I focus on the center.

        Memorizing keyboard shortcuts is a pain. However, I’m one of those people who believe that I’m faster with it. There is a lot of fuzz about this, and I think it should be anyone’s personal choice but let me quote Jeff Atwoods anyway

        “I don’t think anyone would argue that learning keyboard shortcuts is faster than using the mouse to navigate and learn a program. Clearly it isn’t — it’s quite painful, as anyone who has ever been stranded at a Unix command prompt can probably tell you.

        However, as Tog himself notes, when the keyboard shortcut is already memorized and well understood, it’s a clear productivity win.”

        • Vojtěch Krása says:

          June 29, 2018

          You are totally wrong. What you see is a composite of what you saw, the brain fills in peripheral vision.

          I think it is rather obvious that colors help, dubious is a claim that they distract.

        • Vojtěch Krása says:

          June 29, 2018

          And on top of that, maybe you have a damaged vision because it is normal to see colors in the whole peripheral vision.

          • halirutan says:

            June 30, 2018

            For all those people who haven’t read the scientific publication linked in the stackexchange that Vojtech mentions, please go ahead and make up your own opinion.

            Think about, if identifying colored blobs with a size of about 7-11cm (!) in your peripheral vision on a uniform background can be compared to the highly complex situation on your IDEA screen. There, an icon is only (for me) 0.4cm large and is *not* uniformly colored. The colored parts are as small as 1mm.
            And with such small details, you need to take much more into account than only the fact that there are some cones in your outer retinal region.

            Important is that inside the fovea, each photoreceptor has its own bipolar cell and that you are near the optical axis of the lens where artifacts like aberrations are minimized.

            There is a lot more to say about this, but I don’t like the attitude of Vojtech. Since it seems that we cannot keep a civilized conversation, I won’t comment further.

            If anyone has further question, just google and reach out to our eye-research team. My opinion still stands and maybe we can find a better study with more than 10 participants that actually says something about differentiation of small color details at the periphery of your vision.

            • Vojtěch Krása says:

              June 30, 2018

              I only disproved your statement that “using your peripheral vision to distinguish colors is biologically unsound”. No need to take it personally, but I am not the one who uses biological trivia to prove something in usability area.

              The truth is, that it is easier to distinguish a color of a small blob than to distinguish its detailed shape and its text. Of course, there are exceptions and it’s harder for some icons and easier for others.

              You also make it sound like we do not move our eyes or look totally elsewhere. Actually, if I take into account your data, 5 degrees is just fine to recognize a colored icon, but not enough for a gray one. So what does it tells us?

              I currently have ~50 icons with a single letter text in the bookmarks bar in my browser, I would have 50 more if I could have two bars. And I can tell you that it was a disaster when I accidentally switched Windows to colorless mode.

      • Michael says:

        June 28, 2018

        “often times a user’s hand is on the mouse”

        you’re doing it wrong 🙂

        Seriously, even though I would argue that you should never move your hands off a typing position… even if you only use the mouse one time once a year, you should get the icons you want. Vote for themes! And meanwhile, I should be able to hide the toolbar. 🙂

        • Maksim Sobolevskiy says:

          June 28, 2018

          It is possible to hide the Toolbar, isn’t it?

    • G. R. says:

      August 28, 2018

      I use mostly shorcuts but I work with some people who because of their skill level and/or handicap cannot actually get into the “learn the shortcuts!” or “You just have to geet gud!”. So getting color cues are appreciated.

  8. Charlie Hayes says:

    June 26, 2018

    I agree with most of these comments; the colorless icons fly in the face of long-held rules on visual anchoring and peripheral identification.

    The UI doesn’t need to look like a pretty website; it needs to be efficient and productive.

    Did the UX team just ask users if they liked it or did they perform statistical analysis to see if users were able to accomplish the same tasks in less time?

    I wasn’t into the outline icons and odd shading change made a year or so ago anyway but the changes outlined in this post seem like a big backstep.

  9. Daniel Alexiuc says:

    June 27, 2018

    The most shocking thing to me is that there are actually programmers who use IntelliJ that are *clicking* the *save icon*…

    Firstly: clicking?
    Secondly: auto-save?

    • Igor Santos says:

      June 27, 2018


      Honestly (and probably being a bit pendant) I mostly don’t use the UI. Every week or so I’m learning a new keyboard shortcut, so the icons I’m mostly bored of are those on the project tree – which sometimes are hard to read and identify (why do INI files look like two spools??)

      I can understand why some people got upset with icon simplification and reduction of colors, but everyone must agree they were such a patchwork. It gives the overall UI a touch of care and more professionalism, to say the least.

      And if you’re afraid of changes… well, you shouldn’t be on IT in the first place 🙂

      • Alina Mishina says:

        June 27, 2018

        Igor, thank you for sharing you experience and for the feedback!

      • Jan Schwien says:

        June 28, 2018

        Please keep in mind that there are also developers out there which have more tasks than just coding. As a full time game developer I have to use a lot different tools over the day which are mouse only controlled. So its most of the time faster to stick to mouse input. (Like VCS, Find, Replace workflows)

    • Alina Mishina says:

      June 27, 2018

      Daniel, for us this statistics was also quite unexpected, considering that auto-save is supported and now there are almost no applications with the save button. That’s why we still have not removed save button from the toolbar. We plan to improve it in the future versions.

    • Charlie Hayes says:

      June 27, 2018

      I hit the command-s shortcut all the time (and to a much lesser extant the toolbar icon) to execute a save, knowing full well that it’s being auto saved.

      1) It’s a good habit to save, why break the habit even if its redundant for this one application

      2) Invoking the save action starts processes that otherwise wouldn’t start (or would but after a delay). For example, file watchers and remote file syncs

      • rober says:

        June 28, 2018

        I understand you, I do the same when I’m working, for example, with sass in order to fire the refresh on the browser.

        But man! Clicking…

      • Alina Mishina says:

        July 5, 2018

        We are not planning to remove the Save action and shortcut for it. I just speaking about the toolbar icon. The shortcut for this action is well known while clicking the icon on the toolbar is much slower.

  10. Romanow says:

    June 27, 2018

    I think the best idea would be to provide icon packs and an option to customize idea icons easily. While I like the new icons from the design perspective I hate needing to re-learn the new icons and feeling dumb in the process.

  11. Cabot says:

    June 27, 2018

    For me the best icons are the ones from version 9-11.
    They were easily recognizable.
    Now all the icons look same… flat.. I don’t understand this obsession of geometry. Yes I know rule of thirds and all this stuff, but managing 30° in open folder icon? Common…
    And I also vote for colorful tool window buttons. It’s much more readable/for better navigation, especially when you have 10 buttons…

  12. ADEV says:

    June 27, 2018

    I don’t know why lot of hate in the comments, i wouldn’t approve them personally..


    I find the new set of icons really modern and fresh, good work! i really like them!

    I wasn’t fan of the all monochrome set, but i’m so happy you reacted quickly and fixed it, and even improved them

    Icons is always a hard question, everyone have their own taste

    I think the best idea is to indeed offer the ability to people to change icon sets easily, and for plugin creators a way to easily packages icon sets, maybe a new functionality for IDEA platforms ? Customization done by community, with a gallery to easily install what sets/themes/configs, this way everyone will be happy

    • Alina Mishina says:

      June 27, 2018

      Thank you!

      It’s a good idea to provide ability to customize the icon set. We created a ticket: Please vote!

    • Charlie Hayes says:

      June 27, 2018

      “modern and fresh” are not measurable. “modern and fresh”, are by definition, bad for usability. Users get used to icons, colors, and shapes and make connections in their brain on what they mean and when to use them. Changing these for the sake of change is a Very Bad Idea.

      Now if jetbrains performed a usability study with metrics, they might be able to prove the new icons lead to better outcomes. If that’s the case, that is what should be presented here.

      Designers throwing around weasel words, barely-descriptive words, or personal preferences should not convince anyone of the superiority of the new icons.

  13. Sergei Stepanov says:

    June 27, 2018

    I really like what you been doing to the UI simple and nice! Thank you! And applause for your designers!

    • Alina Mishina says:

      June 27, 2018

      Thank you for your kind words and support, Sergei! We appreciate it.

  14. Oleksii Vynnychenko says:

    June 27, 2018

    Don’t like the change with monochrome icons at all. Color doesn’t distract me at all, it provides additional element by which I can distinguish buttons from each other (other is shape of icon). When I have a row of 15-20 buttons I need all of them to be color, so I can find one that is needed with peripheral look.

    Same goes for tool window buttons, I can have up to 10 in a row. Saying that I can read label is really bad from UX and productivity perspective – reading label takes longer than just “I need that blue icon for Nuget, there’re just 2 of blue ones on my PC: Docker and Nuget, and Nuget is always on the left from Docker on my PC, so it’s first blue icon from the left”.

    Not to mention that it’s common pattern to distinguish disabled buttons from normal: disabled are grayed out.

    I really hope you’ll reconsider and 2018.2 products will come with colored icons.

    • Charlie Hayes says:

      June 27, 2018

      I agree with all the objective, evidence-backed reasons you have for why this change is almost definitely very-bad. It’s disheartening to see the other comments that are purely personal preference contrast with your science-based approach.

  15. Tano says:

    June 27, 2018

    Please keep them in one shape, any shape you want.
    This is the 3rd set of icons that I see on the VCS toolbar since I use CLion.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      July 5, 2018

      Hi Tano,
      Sorry for the inconvenience. Yes, the VCS icons changed several times in the last years. It was rather hard to come up with metaphors for these icons as they are rather abstract. We performed a usability test of the new VCS icons and I hope we won’t change them for a long time.

  16. Jan Schwien says:

    June 27, 2018

    I understand the point but I feel the current icons are just perfect for my perspective.
    maybe you should go with optional settings:
    – standard
    (love it)
    – flat with color
    ( I could live with that but don’t like it)
    – one color like grey
    (A total no go for me since I work color based not icon shape based … I find that out after my favorite game Eve Online changed the icons to gray … it totally killed my entire user experience.)

  17. Iivari Mokelainen says:

    June 27, 2018

    Print and high-dpi designs for small “72dpi” icons… “Consisten stroke width” – are you guys really saying that something as minor as inconsitent stroke width was slowing down of using the IDE? How do you guys not understand – you don’t need to make the IDE beautiful, you need to make it __functional__. Please hear us.

  18. Pim says:

    June 27, 2018

    I’ve hidden every toolbar and icon as much as possible and find my way around in the IDE using keyboard shortcuts mostly 🙂

    I really like the new style though. It feels more consistent and fits nowadays style better in my opinion.

    Wether they are coloured or one grey colour should be an option, so the theme feature is a nice one 🙂 I might switch in the future when I get bored.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      June 27, 2018

      Thank you, Pim! Please vote for

    • intosh says:

      August 7, 2018

      Same here. The only icons I see regular are the ones in the Project view, when I open it. Otherwise, there is no icons on my IDE window (except the file icon on the tabs). I didn’t even notice the new design. lol Nevertheless, I like the minimalist and modern look of the new icons.

  19. Thierry says:

    June 27, 2018

    I’ve been using IntelliJ IDEA for many years now and it’s UI is something I particularly appreciate for many reasons.

    Speaking about UI is always a tricky topic as everybody has it’s own preferences and tastes. I used the Darcula theme when it was released and was pretty comfortable with it. But since a year ago, I use the classic theme again. Why ? A matter of taste I guess. Or maybe I find it visually easier to use ? Tastes evolve, it’s as simple as this.

    Speaking about UX, in my humble opinion, IDEA’s one is one of the most advanced one I know. What I particularly like is that it’s clean and smart. I feel it’s focused on productivity because icons I need are quickly accessible and those I don’t are usually accessible through a contextual menu or the within the menu bar.
    Regarding cleaning the toolbar of less used icons, I totally get the point because I clearly don’t want to search an icon, I want to find it quickly. It’s a thin nuance but there’s one. And the IDEA UI typically helps me in this.
    Also when the tree view was redesigned I felt a bit lost and found it a bit unclear. I remember myself asking why it was redesigned. And the more I used it the more I liked it. My habits were a bit changed but I got new ones and now that I’ve « accepted » those changes, I find it pretty natural.

    Moreover as a developer, I heavily use shortcuts which are for me quicker than having to take my mouse, point and click on an icon. To be honest I think the only icon I use regularly is the “Run” one on the right of the configuration list because I have many configurations and being already in that area of the screen I click on it. The other icons I can use are in a particular context (VCS, breakpoints, …) but their usage frequency is not that high.

    Icons like the “Project Structure” and “Search Everywhere” on the right of the toolbar are totally useless for me. I think I have almost never used them (I go in the menu instinctively for this, I don’t know why).

    To be honest and to conclude, other IDEs like eclipse and NetBeans (I have used both) tends to provide a dark theme as IDEA does but it’s not enough to seduce users. IDEA remains the most simple for me in term of usage, efficiency and clarity.

    UX and UI designers at JetBrains are very talented in my opinion. Changing a UI is very risky as it depends a lot of the tastes and feeling of everyone. But I must admit I like when designers challenge themselves and take risks by changing a UI, a behavior, a feature because they believe that change could change developers’ experiences and increase their productivity. That’s why we call innovation and that’s exactly what they do.

    To all UX and UI designers: a big shout out and congratulations for your hard work! Keep up your amazing job, I love it! Cheers!

    • Alina Mishina says:

      June 28, 2018

      Thank you, Thierry! We appreciate your support and feedback!

  20. DZ says:

    June 27, 2018

    Please spend your time fixing real defects, an icon bar that most people don’t use and in face is turned *off* on a default install really isn’t a good use of time when YouTrack is filled with more pressing defects.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      June 28, 2018

      We are also working on fixing bugs in 2018.2, please see the release notes for EAPs: The most of the bugs in YouTrack are for developers, who were not involved in the icons redesign.

  21. Daniil says:

    June 27, 2018

    I find it really hard to distinguish between buttons on a panel with the new icons. Color was really helping. I think icons in one group should have different colors, regardless of their semantics

  22. Dmytro says:

    June 28, 2018

    If I’m one of the 5 % who used copy/paste buttons on the toolbar, is there any possibility to add them now manually?

    • Alina Mishina says:

      June 28, 2018

      Hi, Dmytro!
      Yes, you can add these icons back on Settings | Appearance & Behavior | Menus and Toolbars page.

      • Vojtěch Krása says:

        June 29, 2018

        Usability of that panel is absolutely horrible, perhaps you should have fixed that instead…

  23. John Florian says:

    June 28, 2018

    I’m only looking at this page rather than a proper build, but in the section on arrows the arrow on “import” seems utterly backwards to me. The L-shape reminds me partly of a box and if the arrow is pointing away from that box that suggests export, not import. Also, compare this with the the one for “pull” which points down and left. I’d think pull/import should be parallels and opposite of push/export.

    Overall though, I really like what you’ve done. Reduction that’s not taken too far is great refinement, even if it will impose minor temporary inefficiencies while the relearning takes place.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      June 28, 2018

      Hi, John! Thank you for pointing that out. You are right, it’s export icon. I fixed the image 🙂

  24. Sven says:

    June 28, 2018

    Well done! The UI looks much fresher and modern now. And I really don‘t had an problems finding any buttons. Also like the neutral tool window buttons.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      July 5, 2018

      Hi Sven,
      Thank you for the feedback! I’m glad that you like new icons.

  25. Jigal van Hemert says:

    June 30, 2018

    Just my opinion:


    Contrast is rather important in recognizing an icon. It can both be black/white contrast and colour contrast.
    Gray icons on a lighter gray background is low contrast. Especially as gray is commonly used for disabled items the contrast between gray (icon), medium gray (disabled) and light gray (background) is not enough.

    Contrast between colour can be seen in the Project tree icons. Almost all of the new icons have a reduced contrast making it actually harder to recognize them even with the “systemized” colours.

    Style and forms

    A shape must recognizable. The flat pin icon doesn’t look like a pin. The “bug” icon isn’t shaped like an insect any more.

    Which brings me to icon language. Using homonyms has always been a bad thing in icons. “Bug”, “link”, and so on are clear for English speaking people but the rest of the world has no association between a part of a chain and a ‘link’ to a website.

    Unifying the arrows is a bad thing. Arrows are used for many meanings and now it gets more confusing. “back” and “previous” are usually arrows that point to the left (intelij uses up for previous) but the actions are completely different and justify using different kind of arrows. “Install” and “Download” have the same icon with only a tiny white dot as the difference. The new “sort” icon has harder to read characters.

    The “exit”-icon is also a hard one. Most people use either an open door or a shape with the arrow point outside the shape. I would use the latter.

    Shapes must be recognizable. The icons are very small (can’t we have larger icons for high resolution screens?) and then suddenly “pull” and “commit” almost look the same (look at the Main toolbar of 2018.2).


    Because not everybody can see colour in the same way colour should only be used to support the meaning of an icon not as a essential part of the message. The idea of using red for destructive/negative actions and green for positive actions seems nice but leads to strange situations. Why is the “stop” icon red? No real-life device puts colour on pause, play, stop, fast forward, rewind buttons, only red on the record button because that really destroys something.
    Other than for the status icons the colours in the palette can be freely used as accent colour. Different shades of the colours can be used to add some detail (especially if you use vector based icons on high resolution devices).

    Tool windows buttons

    Tool window buttons are weird. Why have an icon and text? If the text is needed to explain the icon then the icon was bad in the first place.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      July 5, 2018

      Hi, Jigal!

      Thank you for the detailed comment. Please find my explanations below:


      The new grey toolbar icons are darker than the old icons. The icons contrast ratio is 4.3 – 4.9 :1 for different themes. While the value recommended for the text by WW3C
      (no specific guidance for icons) is between 3:1 and 4.5:1. The previous icons ration was not bigger than 3.6:1.

      The new icons are rather dark, so the difference between enabled and disabled states is significant.


      The “pin” icon has not changed the shape significantly. The shape repeats the silhouette that was before.

      The “bug” icon is used for debugger, and it’s a common metaphor that already used in many IDEs. The icon is recognisable, while at the moment it does not matter from which language it comes. The same for example for “play” triangle icon, that comes from the tape decks where triangle points to the direction in which the tape will move. At the moment many people do not know this meaning, while they understand what the icon means.

      Arrows. In IntelliJ “previous” arrow is used to go up and down through the search results or changes in Diff view. So it’s logical that it points to the top. Also, the arrowhead for navigation arrows is not a filled triangle as for others. It helps to distinguish them.

      Install and Download icons are very close by the meaning, so it’s ok that they have similar shapes. Also, these icons have different colors and they usually appear in different contexts.

      Exit icons: yes, I agree that the shapes you described are more common. We left the shape close to the one that was used before, not to break the habit. I hope we will update it in the future releases.

      Regarding size: you can change the default font in Settings | Appearance & Behaviour | Appearance. The toolbars and icons will become bigger accordingly. If you want to change only icons size, please feel free to create a ticket in our tracker:


      Stop action in IDE is destroying in comparison to the player. In the player, you can press stop and start, and the process will start in a moment. While in the IDE the process restart can take much more time.

      Tool windows buttons

      For tool window buttons the icons + label is used to make the button bigger, so it’s easier to aim and click it. The icon plays here a secondary role: to separate the labels in the buttons stripe and help together with a label to find the needed tool window.

  26. funivan says:

    July 3, 2018

    Icons are awesome. Waiting for them in latest phpstorm EAP)

    • Alina Mishina says:

      July 5, 2018

      Thank you for the positive feedback!

  27. Anabell says:

    July 4, 2018

    I find it really hard to distinguish between buttons on a panel with the new icons. Color was really helping. I think icons in one group should have different colors, regardless of their semantics

  28. Eugene F says:

    July 4, 2018

    Please don’t go that extra mile. Please stop changing icons every year.
    I will appreciate very much if you don’t change them at all for another 30 years.
    I haven’t seen any complaints about IntelliJ icon sets at all except the rants about every major icon change.
    Adapting to a new icon set takes a lot more of my precious time than whatever issues you assume there are with colors or shape.

  29. Alina Mishina says:

    July 5, 2018

    We do no change the icons every year. The toolbar icons have not changed for more than 6 years.
    If you feel that you’d rather have the old design, you can install the plugin provided by our user:

    • Eugene F says:

      July 9, 2018

      That is just not true. I clearly remember VCS icons change in 2017.

      And thanks for the plugin but it does not solve the issue. It only creates another issue. I have a large team and some people do prefer the new icons while others prefer the old icons. But developers often do pair programming on the same machine and these icon differences introduce extra context switching.
      For the same reason “you should use hotkeys anyway” argument doesn’t work either. People have different hotkey setups and when you switch from Mac to PC or Eclipse to IntelliJ keymap you just have to resort to GUI icons and when those are different too people just get stuck.
      Even without the plugin I already see this source of frustration between people who use EAP version and people who stick to releases.

      Please understand that I actually like the new icon set and its overall consistency. It is definitely an improvement but it comes at a cost and does not actually solve any major problems but creating new ones.
      If you would spread this change over years and switch a few icons every minor release it would be percepted differently. But this is a big bang change and it has a huge impact on many users.

      Also please note that being 6 years old is not a defect either. Try switching the traffic light’s colors. I’m sure a lot of people will appreciate.

      • Alina Mishina says:

        July 17, 2018

        Yes, we updated the VCS icons several times, as we tried to come up with better metaphors. While most of the other icons did not change.

        In contrast to traffic light example, we do not change the colors for common metaphors. The same is for icons metaphors, we try to keep the shapes close to the current ones, just simplify them.

        If we change several icons per release it will take too much time to update them all. We still have lots of icons to update. I understand the problem with inconsistency you described. But the same will happen if we update icons step by step. It seems that the problem could not be avoided and it will decrease when 2018.2 is released and most people switch to it.

        Sorry for the inconvenience.

  30. Hans says:

    July 6, 2018

    Since there’s always the problem of the loud minority, I just want to say, I really like the new design and icons! 🙂

    • Maccimo says:

      July 6, 2018

      “Loud minority” talk not about “design”, but about serious usability degradation and counterproductive position of JB for this problem.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      July 30, 2018

      Hi, Hans,

      Thank you for the support! It’s great that you like the new design.

  31. Thomas says:

    July 6, 2018

    If you need a label (“Git:”) to explain what the following icons are for, you did something wrong with your design….

    • Alina Mishina says:

      July 17, 2018

      Thomas, we do not add “Git” label to explain the icons. It was added to help new users find out that Version Control is supported in the IDE because some of the users do not know that.

      • Siilk says:

        August 8, 2018

        Which is exactly what Thomas was pointing out: you had to explain the meaning of the icon because new users were unable to identify the icon as git version control.

  32. Vincent de Lau says:

    July 16, 2018

    As a color blind person (common Deuteranopia) I have a hard time getting the information conveyed in color. I have not seen the icons in action yet, I’m judging based on the images included in the article above. I those images, the difference between green and red is almost invisible to me.

    I’ve voted for

    • Alina Mishina says:

      July 30, 2018

      As we now switched to SVG icons we are planning to support icons colors customization in the upcoming releases. So it will be possible to create brighter themes for color-blind persons. Please vote for the request

  33. Shelly says:

    July 18, 2018

    The new icons are great however icons as of now were fine.
    I believe you’re doing this to improve something which is good.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      July 30, 2018

      Shelly, thank you for the feedback!

  34. Vladimir Okonechnikov says:

    July 25, 2018

    Please, add icon colors option for all icons (not only ToolWindow) or just return old icons.
    I’m used to look for shape and color to quickly find the right icon. This update makes it unreasonably difficult.

    1. In future, please add this kind of drastic changes as an option and see if it’s popular.
    2. Focus less on icons and fonts but more on functionality. Better add multiple remote python consoles feature or usable rest client (i’m still urged to use Postman).
    3. “For instance, green is for start actions, and red is for stop or destructive actions.” – No. IDE is a tool for developers, not for people unaware what the icon does. Every click we make and symbol we type may have a destructive action.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      July 30, 2018

      Hi, Vladimir!

      Thank you for the feedback!

      1. Please use the plugin if you want to return to the old icons set:

      2. The designers were more involved in the icons update than developers. So these changes did not affect the work on other features.

      3. We also have lots of new users, so it’s not clear to everyone what each icon means. Also, not all icons are destructive, for example, different groupings and sorting in trees. You can just click the icon once again and return to the prevoius state.

  35. Jacob says:

    July 25, 2018

    I definitely appreciate the work, but the color icons are a must for someone who doesn’t have the greatest vision. In other applications, I can just make the toolbars larger, but I don’t want to do that in my IDE because I need more room for the code (which is in a larger font).

    Colors are really helpful to find those buttons, so I’ll probably be using that plugin that adds them back in.

  36. cug says:

    July 26, 2018

    I’m writing just to put some weight on the other side, as the people who don’t like the changes are vehement in their arguments.

    Colors now have meanings – that is good.
    All icons now have a determined size and use 2px stroke, that brings consistency – that is good.
    Icons now scale better – that is good.

    I welcome the new colorless toolbar change. I kept toolbars hidden specifically because it was too distracting. Now both grey and colorful options available – that is serving all people satisfied before + people like me = more people – that is good.

    Icons have changed – that is bad. All change is bad to the people who learnt their meaning and now they need to hover over the icon to learn what it means.

    In an ideal world looking at the icon alone will tell you what it means, but in reality the meaning needs to be learnt. The floppy disk meant floppy disk until you learnt it meant save, and now you know it. (and you don’t use it)
    The new debug icon will be all right after a couple of times you see it. Same with the pin icon. The value is the meaning and that’s in your head. Nothing changed there.

    Good job UI team. The IDE is getting better IMO with every version you introduce changes. More beautiful when first seen? Not to me. More simple and conveying more meaning? Yes yes, beauty comes from that.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      July 30, 2018

      Hi, cug!

      Thank you for the detailed feedback, we appreciate it!

  37. Jakob says:

    July 26, 2018

    I dont like that majority of icons are gray, it makes it seem as if the functionality of button is disabled. 2018.1 were much better.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      July 30, 2018

      hi, Jacob!

      The icons are dark gray, and the difference between enabled and disabled states is significant. The contracts ratio is 4.3 – 4.9 :1, bigger than it was before. Could you please provide exact examples of the toolbar or menu where you mix enabled and disabled icons?

      • Siilk says:

        August 8, 2018

        The problem is, any other application which uses icons is using coloured icons for enabled functions and grayed out silhouette icons for disabled. So after several decades of being exposed to GUI applications, most people expect a gray silhouette icon to be disabled. People are not expecting to have to differentiate between shades of gray to see which of the icons are disabled. Thus the contrast value is irrelevant as shades of gray are far less distinctive than grayed out vs coloured.

  38. agata says:

    July 26, 2018

    I will definitely use “Tool window color plugin”. For me colors are really helpfull to find what i am looking for in the toolbar. Eg i somehow remember that “version control” had some blue icon ( i do not remember even how it looks like, just remember that it is blue). So when I need version controll i look down and try to find the blue icon 🙂

  39. Campus says:

    July 26, 2018

    All this gray is really depressing. In addition my brain at least has been trained over the years to treat gray icons as indicator for a disabled function. On top of that they just look like garbage when being hovered in the menu for example.

    What is this hate of UX ppl against color about? Color is information and more information is good.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      July 30, 2018

      Hi, Campus!

      Thank you for the feedback!

      The problem with icons on hover also was with the previous icons set. We are aware of this problem and hopefully will find a solution in future releases.

  40. Gary Bartlett says:

    July 26, 2018

    Is it possible to access the standard (new 2018.2) icons when adding new actions in the Menu & Toolbars setting? If you press the “Edit Action Icon…” button, you are only presented with a dialog that allows you select an external icon file, rather than a ‘standard’ icon. Alternatively, are the embedded icons available in some folder, or are they available for download separately?

  41. David Gilbertson says:

    July 28, 2018

    I’m a fan. Great work.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      July 30, 2018

      Thanks, David!

  42. Dave Stewart says:

    July 29, 2018

    Might also be a good time to look at some of the context menus, which are a little randomly-ordered sometimes.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      July 30, 2018

      Hi, Dave!

      We are planning to rework the main menu and menu in the editor, to group options and sort them more logically. Do you have other examples of the context menus that are randomly-ordered?

  43. Richard Richter says:

    July 30, 2018

    I’d be curious how the productivity is measured. I understand clicks on toolbar (I’m not using full toolbar for that reason), but making all the icons grey is confusing at first – but you expect I’ll work faster because of that? Now I have to read more than just see the familiar icon with some colour. This relates mostly to panels around the window, I don’t have keyboard shortcuts assigned to everything, I liked some colours here and there – and boom, now I’m working on some oversized Android application.
    We’ll survive 10 more years with these and there will be a new hype in the name of productivity. Perhaps just barcodes instead of icons? It’s clean geometry after all…

  44. Cani says:

    July 30, 2018

    The new debug icon and the commit icons are not self explaining in my opinion. The bug doesn’t look like a bug. The tiny feet and the feeler are hard to recognize. Especially on small displays it looks more like an egg.

    Further more the tick doesn’t associate with a commit. The old icon had three commit dots like the the icon at least. I would at least put dots at the ends and the angle.

    • Alina Mishina says:

      July 30, 2018

      Hi, Cani!

      Thank you for the feedback! We have not received a feedback that the bug icon is hardly recognizable. It becomes more straight and less detailed than the previous icon, so it should work better in small sizes.

      We conducted a survey about the commit icon. The checkmark icon was the clearest for developers. Also, most of the people chose this icon as the best metaphor for the commit.

      The previous commit and pull icons have a big duplicated part with three dots, the different part was small and it was more difficult to distinguish the icons. We wanted to leave the meaningful part of the icons.

  45. Totumfacky says:

    July 31, 2018

    How to bring back old icons (That before Webstorm 2018.2)?

  46. Huiming Zhang says:

    July 31, 2018

    In the latest version 2018.2, the icons are colors dull and flat, I have to distinguish buttons/panels by texts.
    In previous version, I just take a glance at the color of icons to find the proper buttons/panels.

    The new icons are bad user experience for me.

  47. Charles Strange says:

    July 31, 2018

    re: 2018.2;

    Change management failure:
    – offer, don’t *enforce*
    – nudge, don’t *shove*

    It’s not just you guys, lot’s of companies fail this when making arbitrary seeming changes. You may have all the metrics in the world to justify it, but all the user sees is “you broke my stuff, WTF!? *Rage*”.

    My productivity is hurt because I have to relearn my interface. Discreet colour-blob shapes act as visual anchors and i’m now a bit adrift. There’s an un-nerving difference in my experience. Yes, i’ll adapt, eventually, but until then I need to expend extra brain cycles because of aesthetic choices you pushed.

    Could you not have a one-time popup that says “look, new icons!” with an option to choose or decline and *keep* the old ones for existing features until we’re ready for the change? Shipping an icon set is trivial; I shouldn’t have to download a plugin that a user created to “fix” a “problem” you made.

  48. Charlie Hayes says:

    July 31, 2018

    All the new icons look like they are disabled.

  49. Spencer says:

    July 31, 2018

    Please, PLEASE do tests before making significant UX changes. Good UX = better productivity. We have too much eye strain as it is. Removing helpers to eye movement increases use and strain.

    I can look at the middle of my monitor and see in the periphery the PhpStorm icon, Spotify icon, Sublime icon. Why? purple, green, and orange. So when I actually go to click on them my eye/brain have to do little work to find them (even if I randomly move them around from their normal position!!!–that’s a powerful statement!).

    Simplify the icons? fine. But don’t remove the color eye “handles”!

  50. Petschko says:

    August 2, 2018

    Why do every Program need to go into this Flat-Icon bull*…? I have drawing Software, where all Icons are grey, it really disturbs and slows me down, now finally I have this fun in your Software as well… It makes everything slower, you can use Color as indicator where stuff is, but it’s gone…

    Btw, when you have to write Git: before some Icons, these are not speaking for itself, you should change them to more self explaining ones…

    At least there is a Plugin to revert these changes, I do not like the changes. We are using an IDE and not a fancy XY Program to show how hip we are. We want work and this does not work with flat 1 colored Icons… Please give us the option to change back to older Designs

    I’m so glad when this Minimalistic/Flat-Design-Trend is over

    Please focus on other more important stuff, than making our UI always different

    • Christian says:

      March 1, 2019

      Thank you. You wrote exactly what i think too.

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  52. Khaled says:

    August 2, 2018

    I really dont like the new icons argh!

  53. Konstantin says:

    August 3, 2018

    I don’t like new icons. The main problem is that most of buttons are gray, and it’s harder to distinguish them now.

  54. Siilk says:

    August 8, 2018

    New shapes are way to abstract and detached from what they are supposed to represent; some make very little sense at all. On top of that, the lack of colour makes icons harder to distinguish at a glance, they just blend together into a mass of hard to recognize symbols. This is especially bad for grey icons as they also blend into the grey background. Not to mention that grey icons are normally perceived as disabled, which makes the situation even more confusing. Colour coding is also a very bad idea as icons which are now grouped by colour have very little in common outside of “being risky to press”. This whole situation is a clear case of style over substance, new icons were overengineered(or, rather, overdesigned) for no good reason. Please jetbrains, fire whoever was responsible for this redesign, he is a liability for your company, not an asset.

  55. Rupert Jung says:

    August 9, 2018

    Sorry, but the new icon color scheme just sucks. It’s much harder now to identify different functionality by color which just makes the whole IDE more confusing without any reason. Yes, color have a PURPOSE, would be great if UI designers just could remember that.

  56. Demyan Shcheglov says:

    August 13, 2018

    I personally find the new icons in Idea 2018.2 much worse than previous, and I also do not like when something I’m used to for years suddenly changes – i have more important tasks to spend my time on than on adopting to the new style which doesn’t give any benefits
    (f. ex. the icons for VCS Actions – Update Project and VCS Actions – Pull are still the same!)

    Generally, this year (2018) is the first time since 2004, when I started using Intellij IDEA, I’m getting an impression that your are diverting from the optimal direction in IDEA development – examples are broken Global Find-Replace dialog in multiple 2018.1.x releases, long time to fix the code assist issue for Java 9 deprecated modules, and yes, these icons.

  57. Justin Faust says:

    August 13, 2018

    > Unlike the toolbar icons, tool window buttons have labels, which we assume help identify them.

    This is not true. People don’t read, they use visual queues like colors and icons and shapes and sizes. I would be mostly OK with the new icon situation in 18.2, but the colorless toolbar is a complete non-starter

  58. Julian Ruhe says:

    August 15, 2018

    Intellij looks dull and boring. Being annoyed, I am no longer productive.

  59. Michael says:

    August 20, 2018

    I like the color and I find it very easy on the eyes and focused from any other editor out there for java, but I am fairly new to IntelliJ and I am unsure how to collapse the project structure using a keyboard shortcut on a MacBook Pro with the symbol that is provided when you hover it!

  60. Mike says:

    August 20, 2018

    I like the new icons! To me they make the interface look more elegant.

  61. Laszlo says:

    August 22, 2018

    Please bring back some colours to the icons, especially on the sidebars. I do not find colours destructive (definitely not the pastel colours that you use anyway), much rather it helps visual navigation among the different icons. Colouring is an extra dimension to tell icons apart and acts as a complement to the shapes. If anything, they help productivity. Plus, it doesn’t give you the feeling of a rainy day. We have more than enough grey surrounding us already.

  62. Kedar Joshi says:

    September 20, 2018

    I love the latest icons for dark theme. “Colors only where needed” philosophy really helps to avoid sensory overload.

  63. Kedar Panse says:

    October 31, 2018

    These look nice, however in some cases highlights are necessary. Sharing whats coming from gut

    For example:
    Coming from Eclipse one thing which keeps bothering me is File status colors. For whatever reason, I cant remember which color mean what. I guess it will take another few months to settled in?

    When I create new classes or try to look which file I really changed which are not committed, I like to just watch the project tree and get a feel/feedback on folders changed, rather than opening git commit log stuff as it doesn’t represent folders in same way. I know you are going to subtle cues but sometimes its good to highlight.

  64. Miklos Jakab says:

    November 16, 2018

    Colored icons give a clue what they are about, and they help the eye where a certain function is. Monochrome icons don’t. If I got accustomed to have the “sonalint” plugin to be somewhere at the bottom and be red, than I can find it easily. But with these stupid monochrome icons I have to read through all the texts, because the icons look the same. This does not “increase our productivity as developers”, but decreases it.

    I’m against the the new icons.

  65. J Jenkins says:

    November 30, 2018

    New icons are great, thank you!

    I want to add Git Stash/Unstash to my toolbar (instead of Stage/Unstage, which doesn’t seem to work for me), but I want to use the icons for stage/unstage. I can’t seem to find the icons.jar file anywhere…

    Is there a way to extract the icons as png and use them?

    Even better would be a way to allow me to select existing icons instead of having to specify a png file…

  66. Eduard Streltsov says:

    December 3, 2018

    Hey guys! I love IntelliJ so much, but for god sake, why did you make all the icons monochrome? In what a specific way is this convenient? If developers are color blind? Try to make your smartphone monochrome, disable labels and try to find an app you want as fast as if its colored. Please, bring back colors or at least make this color-blindness optional but not compulsory. Tnx!

  67. Ondřej says:

    January 23, 2019

    I hate the new icons – all is grey and dull and I have trouble finding the ones I need, especially on the bottom toolbar. Grey means “disabled/inactive” to me. Colors help me in orientation. Not every developper just writes coude for hours and hours and wants no distraction. I am going to install plugin to bring the old icons back.

  68. Mihai C says:

    January 28, 2019

    I’m a bit late to the party but here is the feedback about the icons.
    Is nice to have the option to have the old ones also.

    The new ones are nice but the color helps to spot them quickly.
    The icons supposed to improve productivity, with the new ones I have to “hunt” with my yes to find the shape or the text., not that cool.
    The UX designer should understand this is a tool not a piece of art, nobody cares how pretty it is, the design should be functional first.
    Like a hammer, you don’t care how nice the grip is if is slippery. So when you do big changes like this least offer the option to revert or something.
    Thank god for this guy.


  69. John Michaels says:

    February 1, 2019

    People please whatever changes you make, leave the choice up to the users, don’t force your grey icon dull ideas on everyone.
    Is it that difficult to have an option in the Settings like “[x] Use color icons” ?!

  70. dipper says:

    February 13, 2019

    The aggressive introduction of ugly flat interfaces for desktop applications – annoying me very much. How to return nice, elegant UI from 2017 ver.

  71. Adolfo says:

    June 3, 2020

    Why has the myth that “colored icons are distracting” persisted for so long?

    It is nonsense.

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