So apparently, much of the discussion on the 'net these days isn't about how cool some of the new features are in Photsohop CS3. Rather, it seems that the latest debate is over the new Photsohop splash screen, and more specifically, Photoshop CS3's new icon, which is a blue square that simply states the letters "Ps" -- which I guess makes sense considering that in the world I've lived in for so many years, I've always referrred to Photoshop as PS when I wrote about it in posts, emails, etc.
The folks at Adobe thought that maybe, if people would just realize how much work -- how much effort -- and more importantly, how the new look represented a new branding perspective across the entire product line -- that people will understand. Silly Adobe -- have you ever tried to get a group of designers to agree on ANYTHING?
So Adobe released this image that shows how all of the icons look together. John was kind enough to post it and mention it on his blog. Oh my -- it's close to 200 comments already on that post alone. See? We're all designers. And as such, we're a different breed.
- Designers watch TV commercials and try to be the first to shout out what typeface was used in the ad.
- Designers spend hours feeling paper samples and express glee when finding out that Strathmore added a new color.
- Designers don't go to a museum to marvel at the works of others, they go to discuss how they would have done it better.
- Designers are very good at critiquing the work of others.
- Designers all have their own worlds that they live in and find comfort in.
- Designers all have their all time favorite color and all time favorite font.
- Designers all have their all time most hated color and all time most hated font.
So what did you expect Adobe? When you changed all the icons to flowers and feathers and the like in CS, did you not expect to hear from the very users who use the products themselves to design? And now, when once again, another change is made (one that I believe was necessary, considering the integration of ADBE and MACR), did you expect everyone to sit back, sip their dry martini, and express their sheer appreciation for Adobe's graphical brilliance? Come on -- this is art. It's HEALTHY to see this kind of outpouring from the community. It means these users have passion. Passion for the world they live in. Passion for the world they live FOR. Passion for the tools they use to be who they are.
In truth, on a personal level, I'm happy to see that Adobe is, for once, trying to show some consistency (and hey, did you notice that there's an icon for both FH and GL!). Whether it's ugly, or whether it's beautiful, or whether it's functional, or whether it's a tribute to Andy Warhol, the bottom line is that the products themselves are what makes Adobe unique. Not the icons.
So here's the bottom line: Designers are passionate about Adobe software. After all, the things we do every day that make us happy and that pay our bills would not be possible without Adobe. And Adobe is passionate about making great products. I know the team members, and they put their all into what they do (I can vouch for that, having done it personally myself). And in truth, Adobe couldn't do what they do without feedback from the design community -- and most importantly -- a design community that fuels what they create.
So can't we all get along?