The new icons actually look well proportioned to me. An option to resize them wouldn't hurt though.
I also think they're well proportioned. You have enough room for:
Two lines of keywords.
I don't know what everyone else here is seeing, but at 100% zoom this is how I see BBT on a desktop:
Notice how the icon is pretty much the same height as two lines of keywords?
(tip: open both in a tab each and switch between them to make the difference obvious)
Do you notice how the same amount of information now for some reason takes up additional height?
Since my previous replies in this thread is hardly any help at all I've listed all issues and concerns I have regarding the new icons in the list below. Hopefully this will help the designer further.
- The category icons overall seem to be a mismatch of styles.
- The category icons are slightly big.
- The text size on the category icons are slightly big and distracts from the torrent title.
- The non-existent kerning on the icons makes me believe I'm over at /r/keming with my eyes bleeding.
- The light novel icon doesn't stand out enough from the background.
- The soundtrack icon doesn't stand out enough from the background.
- The music video icon doesn't stand out enough from the background (though at least it stands out a bit more than the above).
- What is the orange thing on the OVA icon even supposed to illustrate? I get the disc, but what is the other thing the disc is hiding behind?
- Why use a HD svg icon that doesn't scale well down to 16x16 ? The 'HD' text is completely unreadable.
- Why is a microphone icon used to illustrate lossless quality?
- Why is a hourglass icon used to illustrate the incomplete nature of a torrent? An hourglass is a visual interpretation of time passing. Ergo, an hourglass icon is better to indicate 'Work in Progress'. A torrent containing an incomplete archive of everything available is not the same as a 'work in progress' torrent. An hourglass icon says more about the nature of the data contained within the torrent, than the actual torrent itself. The old
Hourglass == Work in Progress == The material contained within the torrent is still being worked on; ongoing.
The old icon of an incomplete paper is better to illustrate that the torrent is incomplete; the torrent doesn't contain everything available.
If a torrent only contains 8 chapters of the 9 that were published in a manga, is an hourglass really the best icon to represent that the torrent is missing data?
At the core of it the new icons suffers from the same issue that the old icons also did: They both include a visual representation of an object as well as a text describing that same object.
There is absolutely no reason why the icon should include TEXT of all things. A good icon speaks for itself, however both these icons and the old ones requires additional description using text since the visual representations are bad enough that no one can infer what the icon indicates without reading the text.
The only good example of correct icons in both the new icons and the old ones are the Manga, Hentai Manga and Artbook icons (+ the 'old' Light Novel icon). These all follow the same design regardless of type of content because they're all books of some kind
, whether that be a hentai manga book, a normal manga book, an artbook or a visual novel.
We only have 11 different categories. These can be divided into the following types:
Books: Manga, Hentai Manga, Artbook, Light Novel
Videos: Anime Series, OVA, Hentai OVA, Anime Movie, Music Video, Live Action
That allows us to make a Venn diagram that looks something like this:
From there the work is simple. Design a base template for Books, Videos, Music and Hentai. Use a combination of Books + Hentai to indicate Hentai Manga, Videos + Hentai to indicate Hentai OVAs, and Videos + Music to indicate Music Videos. The rest can use easily recognizable images to separate between the subcategories in each.
With a design like that you won't even need text on the icons, because the icons speaks for themselves regardless of format.