Hi, I'm a UX designer on Visual Studio and am happy to hear the positive feedback on the new look we developed for 2010. Also, thanks for your comments with regards to our icons. Updating the 1000s of icons in VS is not a trivial task, so we unfortunately
won't be able to do this in the 2010 timeframe. However, we are investigating a refresh for the following release. Besides the current icons feeling dated and requiring a fresher feel, do you have any other feedback about what you would like to see in our
icons in the future? Thanks!
Thank you for your response, it is fabulous to hear from the folks involved in VS.
I realise that changing the icons is a mammoth task, I have recently done this for a smallish project, and Visual Studio itself is very painful in this regard. In truth, I almost rolled back at one point, but I am glad I did not. I do think that you must have
some sort of telemetry, and can therefore determine the most frequently used icons. Even if you look in Internet Explorer for example there are older icons in the more hidden or less used areas, so if you could change the top 50 or 100, then release on release
it would be easier. Vsual Studio icons are like windows dialogs insofar as no-one want to change them, and they sadly get pushed to the back of the queue release upon release.
Yesterday I tried out sobees
which is a WPF application still in beta. To be honest the performace is not there yet, but
have they made some wise choices with their icons. Lets look at the log on screen
Look at this loading screen with a different type of marquee progress bar
Now I know that this is just a social networking application, and it is not anything like a serious development tool like VS, but the icon selection
the look and feel for the application, and this is what is lacking in Visual Studio.
Icons are such and easy way to enhance an application visually, but Visual Studio is a tool and not an oil painting. The Office people realise the importance of icons in the UI, consequently release upon release they have used better icons. It is a surruptitious,
almost insidious way to improve things where users just feel the application is new.
Obviously this is all subjective, but the shell and code editor looks great, and I can't wait to get my "mitts" on the beta.