Adobe changed all its app icons and designers are absolutely raging

Jun 25, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Adobe changed all its app icons and designers are absolutely raging

Jun 25, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Last month, Adobe started to change the icons for its ever-growing suite of applications. The biggest change was the new colourful Creative Cloud logo, but the applications within the Creative Cloud Suite have been transitioning, too, and not everybody’s happy about it.

Many have noted that the icons are all starting to look the same, with multiple apps sharing the same colour scheme, making it confusing to find the right app. Others are definitely fighting their OCD over differences in font size and inconsistencies in spacing and alignment from one icon to the next, but the overall consensus doesn’t seem to be all that positive.

Some are (jokingly? or serious?) even refusing to update.

Even more confusingly, this has stretched over to their mobile apps, too, with different apps using the exact same icon but in different colours.

Adobe doesn’t seem to be using exactly the same colour for every desktop icon, but they are grouping icons of a particular type by colour. So, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audition have the same colour icon. As do Photoshop, Lightroom and Lightroom Classic.

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And while the colour is frustrating, particularly on a high-resolution screen with tiny icons that you could misclick at a glance, it’s not the only thing that’s upset users.

And some have noticed that the mobile app icons don’t even all line up properly, which is going to upset the designer in just about everybody.

Some have taken to override the new default icons to go back to their old ones…

While others have designed their own – which arguably look much better than the new (or old, for that matter) official ones.

Although the icon doesn’t change the functionality of the apps, it’s going to take a lot for some designers to get used to who’ve been using the previous icon colour scheme for perhaps a decade or more. Accidentally clicking and loading the wrong app is frustrating, especially for those resource hogs that take forever to load.

What do you think? Do you like the new icons, do you think they should revert to the old ones, or just start over and make a whole new design like K4dude’s?

[via Creative Bloq]

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24 responses to “Adobe changed all its app icons and designers are absolutely raging”

  1. MegaNickels Avatar
    MegaNickels

    I believe this is a perfect representation of how little adobe give a shit about it’s own products.

  2. Tac Coluccio Avatar
    Tac Coluccio

    I’m literally so upset about this. Glad I’m not the only one!

  3. Chainsaw Charlie Avatar
    Chainsaw Charlie

    Right, because, if you take a glance at (2) icons, “Ae” isn’t distinguishable from “An” if they’re the same color. What was Adobe thinking? That their users will waste their precious time trying to recognize is it “Ae or “An”? Come on, Adobe!!!

  4. Scott Marx Avatar
    Scott Marx

    Thankfully it only takes a couple clicks to change them back.

  5. Peter Young Avatar
    Peter Young

    The day is coming when someone will say “Adobe” and the universal response will be “who?”
    No one questions the suite on a corpse and Adobe is so close why does anyone bother. I find these questions and posts strange. There was a time where everyone in the industry or hobbyist had one or more Adobe products, now it seems that has reduced to maybe 1 in 10………….. Icons!!!!!! Seriously people?

  6. Don Navarro Avatar
    Don Navarro

    They were almost 3D and now they are backpedaling to 2D.

  7. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    Don’t care about fricking icons at this point. I just want my suite to remain working.

  8. Вергунов Сергей Avatar
    Вергунов Сергей

    No problem.

  9. Stephen Baumbach Avatar
    Stephen Baumbach

    The Bridge icon is black and white and gets lost

    1. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
      Arthur_P_Dent

      No great loss. I hardly use Bridge as Lightroom Classic is far better.

  10. Lucinda Goodwin Avatar
    Lucinda Goodwin

    These people are my people

  11. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    Am I the only one who likes it? The old ones just looked like a unicorn had thrown up after a meal of Alphabet pasta.

    1. Tom jhon nolan Avatar
      Tom jhon nolan

      Yes, you are the only one. What a weird piece of shit you are

      1. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
        Jolyon Ralph

        Replying to six-month old comments, you’re a fast one!

  12. Chris Hester Avatar
    Chris Hester

    On my phone I noticed the icon had changed.

  13. Ľuboš Ďurica Avatar
    Ľuboš Ďurica

    i dont care :D

  14. Javier Cardona Avatar
    Javier Cardona

    I remember back in the day I used to customize the icons of programs because they were so ugly, I dont have all the adobe suite but I see why I would customize them.

  15. Kyoshi Becker Avatar
    Kyoshi Becker

    Their icons don’t bother me… The lightroom tab layout in ACR do….

  16. Ken Nagelberg Avatar
    Ken Nagelberg

    This is what happens when you hire all your developers from India and pay them minimum wage.

  17. F1SpeedPhoto Avatar
    F1SpeedPhoto

    Adobe: if it ain’t broke, we’ll break it.

  18. Ron Snyder Avatar
    Ron Snyder

    I don’t really care what the icons look like

  19. James Madara Avatar
    James Madara

    I use muscle memory for the icons on my toolbar. I wished Windows would recognize typing Ai or Ps after tapping the Windows button.

  20. Crimson Hikari Avatar
    Crimson Hikari

    Wow, Adobe really does like to make it harder to distinguish which one to hit when you’re on a deadline…

    I really, desperately hope at some point that someone will come along and make something that smashes everything Adobe’s apps can do out of the water, because you’re all just getting screwed!

  21. Dario Avatar
    Dario

    I don’t really understand. Adobe softwares for mac are FULL (I literally mean FULL) of absolutely HUGE bugs and they dedicate energy to change the icons design (messing it up)???