tl;dr please give feedback, current icons are cool, new icons should be free form like the old ones
In my opinion the current icons are excellent, they would just need to be vectorised.
I tried it it a go myself and while I like the icons on their own, I'm not sure I like it when they are displayed on the page as they don't really fit the design. What I learned from this is that free form icons (like the ones we have now) work the best for the current design of the site instead of rectangular ones.
Nonetheless, I'll post my stuff and explain a little bit about them. Instead of going for an icon that displays the content i.e. a TV = series, CD = audio I instead tried to focus on colours only to represent each category as well text. The problem is I'm way too limited as I like uniformity and I like straight lines...a lot, which I believe isn't a good approach to the problem as I said above about free form icons.
Here's what I came up with. Unfortunately hentai has only one colour and it solely relies on text to distinguish categories.
I can see this going two ways. Either scrap the whole thing or I would need to figure out something to put into the space above the text on each, something that represent the category and can be instantly recognised. I thought about keeping the greyscale design, but instead of using one large image (http://imgur.com/77mXF8N
) I should try to use a different manga character for each category. If someone has any ideas, let me know.
I also gave some thought to the lossless icon issue because the Sun icon we have doesn't mean a thing. We are speaking of lossless audio
so I thought either a speaker or a microphone would be a better visual representation, so I changed it to a microphone in the preview picture below.
Here's the preview picturehttp://i.imgur.com/0VEnW5u.png