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Bug 67837 - Vector: update user icon
Vector: update user icon
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 41484
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Interface (Other open bugs)
All All
: Low normal (vote)
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Assigned To: Moiz Syed
: design
Depends on:
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Reported: 2014-07-11 04:15 UTC by Steven Walling
Modified: 2014-07-11 04:17 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

See Also:
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---

Current icon, when seen logged out (10.86 KB, image/png)
2014-07-11 04:15 UTC, Steven Walling
Current icon, when logged in (17.32 KB, image/png)
2014-07-11 04:15 UTC, Steven Walling

Description Steven Walling 2014-07-11 04:15:23 UTC
Created attachment 15902 [details]
Current icon, when seen logged out

user-icon.svg (with png fallback) is a subtle but highly visible part of Vector. It displays to all users, either next to the login link or next to their username. Consequently, this is an important piece of MediaWiki iconography.

This icon is pretty bad right now, in a variety of ways:

- It has too much detail.  
- It looks male. It's a bald person wearing blue suit. 
- It looks Caucasian. 

I don't think we want a little white man representing what being a user on a wiki is. Additionally, it's glossy, round look is too much for such a small icon. Even icon suites like those of GNOME (not exactly known for flat, trendy UI) are simpler than this. 

The ideal user icon should be:

- Genderless
- Neutral in color
- Simple and easy to discern even at very small sizes
Comment 1 Steven Walling 2014-07-11 04:15:39 UTC
Created attachment 15903 [details]
Current icon, when logged in
Comment 2 Steven Walling 2014-07-11 04:16:51 UTC
BTW, there is a placeholder icon in the BetaFeature "Compact personal bar". However, this is not final and should not be upstreamed to core.
Comment 3 Kunal Mehta (Legoktm) 2014-07-11 04:17:35 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 41484 ***

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