change the new 2012 bowtie icon back to the smooth style
The sharp-edged icon that came with the Visual Studio 2012 RC is hard to look at, and looks more like a bowtie than an infinity symbol. Please return it to its former glory before releasing RTM.
Return the old icon from Visual Studio Beta. The new icon is ugly.
VS2010's low-contrast blue/purple icon becomes completely lost in a blue taskbar. The old Visual Studio icon was bright and distinctive.
Thank you for the suggestion. We are not making any changes to VS 2012 Icons; however, as we explore new icons moving forward, we will take this into consideration.
Program Manager – Visual Studio IDE
Vladimir Jigouline commented
I just started using 2012. My eyes hurts. I can't distinguish between small black blobs of slightly different shape. Many thanks to people, who wrote NiceVS extension. I can work again.
Alan Bates commented
...and for the record, griping about the style of the icon is a first-world problem amongst the set of first-world problems.
Alan Bates commented
I always called the '12 and '13 icon the Mysterion Mask.
I disagree. it looks more like a megaphone speaker. LOL
Incredible, and you have paid for that!
This sucks, I agree. I think this is simply endemic of the fact that we are slaves to our paychecks just like Microsoft developers, and the Marketing Dept is calling the shots. What are the choices? Quit? Revolt? If Marketing says "Jump!", Engineering says, "How high?" on the way up. This needs to stop, but how?
A Coder commented
I just installed VS 2012 express todaly. As expected, Microsoft totally ignored the many hundreds of complaints made about the new metro ui.
This has to be the ugliest UI I have ever seen. Won't be spending a cent on VS 2012 until I see some marked improvements. I recommend nobody pay for upgrades until this issue is addressed. it is the only way to make them listen.
Yeah, VS 2012 is rubbish. I had so high expectations.
Just installed VS2012 today, the sorry install screen and weird icon were only just a preview, when I started the IDE I thought I must have done something wrong ... no way it is supposed to look this God awful ugly! But, unfortunately, that's the way it is ... how did they let this happen, it is WAY beyond terrible!
Christoph Muschner commented
Why a new lookout for VS 2012? The new shades-of-grey symbols and windows are very unreadable.
And why is there the code-button in the project explorer but the designer button has been removed? Its not to speed up developing ...
Lol, even Vista was better than this and even Microsoft stopped arguing how bad Vista was. I'm really curious why the people who design UI at Microsoft haven't been fired yet. Starting with Office 2007 Microsoft UI took a plunge, along with the general product quality and usability.
This icons are very hard to see, and ugly. And the all VS212 look is a big ****. Please, give a possibility to restore the old 2010 UI. Or the 2008. Or 2005. Or the Visual Basic 3.0. It was also better then this.
One thing that is nice is that each version icon are different enough so that you know which version you start when starting the application (from the taskbar) but there are similar enough that know that applications are related.
Bowties are cool.
Regarding the *hard to see* facet of the icon - we are looking at options for this with RTM. Stay tuned. I have not seen any changes coming with the sharp edges at this time, but I'll leave this idea in place to continue to monitor the vote count.
Doug Turnure - VS Program Manager
The top-left window icon has a glitch: when the window is maximized, clicking in the top-left screen corner should open the system menu (and double clicking should close the application).
I know this is no longer relevant in Win8 (the top-left screen corner is used for some other menu) but in Windows 7 it should have the old behaviour.
Paul Stovell commented
+1 on the icon being invisible on the taskbar: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ef5csnkmaexovse/new-vs-icon.PNG
The icon is just one of the excellent examples of the beautiful design choices made for the new version of visual studio.
David Neale commented
With it being just 1 dark colour, I do find that a lot of the time it becomes almost invisible on my taskbar. Perhaps having a few icons in the .exe would help, then I can pick the one I prefer (or that is visible with my colour scheme) for myself. In fact I found this page while searching for an alternative .ico file to replace it with.
Another thing I noticed but couldn't quantify until today is that the bowtie icon is kinda harsh with it's pointy edges. Sounds ridiculous but this concept extends to other Metro UI stuff as well such as removing the rounded edges on app windows, square tiles, lack of gradient/transition in color (it's like all or nothing) and so on. So rather than having rounded edges and smooth transitions in the UI which gives me a smooth calming feeling (as strange as it may sound), it makes me kind of agitated. Strange but true. But hey it just must be me getting old...