elementary icons is one of the most recognized and influential icon themes in the open source world. Of the consistently highest rated themes on gnome-look.org at least two (Gnome-Colors and Erectus) are spin offs of elementary icons. This means that the people have already voted positively on the design featured in elementary. Xubuntu already features one of the Gnome-Colors icon themes. This means that developers have also chosen this design. So, why not feature elementary in Ubuntu?
elementary is about Usability. It's about giving the user the clearest possible view of their desktop. elementary features clear, consistent, concise metaphors that will never leave a user clueless. Everything, from color to shape to placement has been thought out in extreme detail. elementary is more than just art, it's design.
elementary is about Practicality. Every icon in elementary is drawn and saved in Scalable Vector format. That means clearer icons, even in between standard sizes. That also means smaller file sizes. elementary icons sits in at a mere 1.6MB, yet is one of the most complete themes available.
elementary is about Constant Evolution. elementary is so carefully optimized with each revision that it continues to grow in content and shrink in file size with every release. In the last two years elementary has more than quadrupled it's content and dropped it's file size by 75%. elementary is scrutinized by a number of peer review tests including review by artists working on the elementary project, the ever infamous "girlfriend test" , and software developers such as those working on the Gnome-Do project.
elementary is about Convenience. elementary is the only icon theme on gnome-look.org (that I know of) that offers a Debian package as well as a tarball.
WARNING: The following package is a preview release that is not entirely complete. It is meant to give a general impression of the next version of elementary icons in the Ubuntu flavor and should not be judged as a final product.
I'm all for anyone suggesting new icons, sets have been being submitted for a few releases (usually to get ignore) but I really think that Karmic is the release where something can actually change and the Human icon theme can finally go. It would be interesting to see how these compare to colors in day-to-day use but it is defiantly time for something better that the Human icons either way. -- -- twright-tdw 2009-06-02 17:56:42
Hey, I just wanted to say that these look great so far. I'd love to see more pictures of the icons though, perhaps on a few different background colors (or grab some backgrounds from the Artwork>Background page). Three cheers for new icons! -- adam-w-knox 2009-06-02 18:50:22
Don't Want to bash anybody, but I definitely think that gnome-colors is a much better choice for ubuntu. I tried the elementary icon theme and there aren't many icons that actually changed from default. There are many missing. I think one big thing that they missed was including scalable icons. With gnome-do, or any other dock, it makes the icons go blurry. With gnome-colors, there is a repository for them (no needing to download a new tar every release), they are scalable and there are many color schemes to choose from. I'm all for a new default icon theme, but I think gnome-colors has the upper hand. There is a wiki page for it as well. (UbuntuColorsIcons) -- nate---wiebe