Commons:Project Nuvola 2.0+
David Vignoni’s Nuvola icon theme was originally intended to satisfy the GUI needs of KDE users; however, it has since grown to find use on numerous Wikimedia projects as a set of navigational icons, and may soon find use on other websites and in conceptual diagrams. It is colourful, friendly, legible and sensible, but its scope is rather narrow for many applications, due to its origins. Outside the areas of electronics and office supplies, its coverage of real objects is hit-and-miss.
WikiProject Nuvola 2.0+ is a project to make new icons that will fit stylistically into David Vignoni’s Nuvola icon set, so that it can be used not just for operating system GUIs, but for all kinds of application software, websites and conceptual diagrams. The extended set should depict as many objects as possible, and (ideally) completely meet the topic-icon needs of all Wikimedia projects.
To do this, we must draw new elements, adapt other icons to the Nuvola style and/or manipulate icons at a detailed level. This doesn’t mean simply putting existing icons together, or combining a Nuvola icon with a non-Nuvola icon that doesn’t match it stylistically. (These things appear to be most of what happens in Category:Modified Nuvola icons.) Also, unlike most of Category:Modified Nuvola icons, our icons should be available in SVG form so that (a) they can be used at higher resolutions if necessary and (b) it is easier to edit them further.
We must also create SVG versions of the PNG icons: While the KDE package in PNG format contains almost 600 icons, the SVG icon set contains less than half of that. As well, in some cases the two icons do not match; when this is the case, the PNG version is usually better.
Perhaps once the project goes far enough, we can even get Nuvola creator David Vignoni on board. At the very least, we could ask him to codify for us the Nuvola theme guidelines, as has been done for Tango.
Nuvola 2.0+ is a tentative name. It can change if there is community consensus. However, Seahen considers this an appropriate name because:
- Vignoni calls his final PNG version 1.0, and the latest SVG version 0.9.
- Vignoni says he will probably not release any further versions on his own, so he will not release a Nuvola 2.0 on his own.
- Our project will improve dramatically on 1.0, more than enough to justify a full version number increase. The PNG version contains almost 600 icons, and we will probably ultimately create at least 600 additional icons.
Style Guide 
- Please artists! Someone write a decent style guide soon!
The Nuvola icon set has some common characteristics for all its icons:
- High saturation of colors
- Neat and clean borders
Icons that do not fall into any of the categories below are just as welcome as those that do, and we may start new categories later. However, the following categories badly need artists’ attention, and may provide some starting ideas.
Country flags 
See the flags subpage for the flag images
For a list of countries and their flags, see the following links to the English Wikipedia:
- African countries
- Flag of Antarctica
- Asian countries
- European countries
- North American countries
- Oceanian countries
- South American countries
The ultimate goal is a scalable, recognizable flag for every country in the world. Currently there is the following set, grouped by continent and alphabetically by country.
Simplified flags 
In some cases, a flag icon includes fine detail that cannot be seen in screen renderings at resolutions less than 128x128px. This makes for a blurry rendering (because shapes and outlines become less than a pixel wide). Since the fine detail is still useful for high-resolution and print renderings, and is the best match to the style of Vignoni's non-flag icons (such as ), the best solution is to create two versions of the icon, one with the full detail of the flag and one with some detail removed and outlines thickened. (It may also be useful to enlarge the charge in the latter version. If the flag contains numerous stars, try using fewer stars and making them larger.)
Home and office furniture, appliances and décor 
Nuvola doesn’t even have a
filing cabinet, let alone a bed or dining table or any type of much seating. There are also not very many of the appliances classified as white goods.
Note that the dresser and table below are front views; angled views would be better (although ideally all furniture would exist in both views).
|Picture frame||Dinnerware setting|
|Generic credit cards||SVG version needed - as a basis?|
Food and drink 
|Cake (1 candle)||Pre-existing SVG version flawed|
|Birthday cake||Pre-existing SVG version needed; candles asymmetrical (present along front edge but not back edge). (Color's off)|
|Coffee or tea||Pre-existing|
Tango has a complete set, but we can’t use Nuvola to express our dissatisfaction with what little it gives us. We have no original icons in this category yet. :-(
|:-)||Created, review needed|
|:-(||Created, review needed|
|D-:||Created, review needed|
|:-p||Created, review needed|
|Pre-existing; SVG version flawed, SVG version not flawed|
Subject icons 
Currently, Wikipedia pages such as Wikipedia:Browse use a mix of Nuvola and non-Nuvola icons to represent various topics. This is not aesthetically pleasing; a Nuvola icon for every field of study would be the ultimate goal. The list below may be incomplete; you can help by expanding it.
|Drawing||created, review needed.|
|Sculpture||created, review needed.|
|Digital art||Pre-existing, SVG version needed|
|Drama||created, review needed.|
|Chemistry||Pre-existing, SVG flawed please help.|
|Astronomy||Pre-existing, SVG version needed|
|Geology||Missing : ????|
|Math & computer science|
|Mathematics||Pre-existing, to be rated|
|Biology||SVG version needed|
|Languages, comparative||Finished. Note: This icon has been adopted as the logo of Wikibooks:Wikijunior Languages.|
|Language, spoken||Pre-existing, SVG version created 2007-04-11, yet to be rated.|
|Literature||Pre-existing, SVG created 2007/07/01 to be rated.|
|Education||Pre-existing, SVG version created 2008-04-02, yet to be rated.|
|Politics, international||Pre-existing, SVG version needed, been attacked as biased since it represents only two European countries|
|History||multiple choices: , ,|
|Sociology||Pre-existing, SVG version created 2008-04-05, yet to be rated.|
|Law||Review needed. SVG version Other alternative:|
|Trades and technical fields|
|Electronics||Pre-existing, SVG version needed|
|Drafting||Pre-existing, SVG created 2007/07/08 to be rated.|
|Carpentry||Pre-existing, SVG version needed|
|Automotive||created 12:31, 7 March 2013 (UTC), to be rated|
Icons that are not part of sub-projects include:
|Search through deleted items|
|Up arrow that matches the pre-existing|
|Reading emails via Internet browser or another icon of email|
If you have an account on Commons, you can sign up by adding *~~~ to a new line below:
- Seahen (Founder)
- Alphax (Uploader of Nuvola 1.0)
- Min's - 愛 (Flags drawer :) )
- Paul Robinson - Misc Furniture and appliances
- Doodle-doo Ħ ~ I'd love to help!
- Jackl - Helping is fun
- Kubek15 - I spend too much time here, so I help!
- Thobiah - Ready for action! :D
- Spaideris - I will try to help :).
- NikNaks talk - gallery - wikipedia
- Spesh531 (talk) - Love to take part in this project
- Fred the Oyster (talk)
- chris 論 Love the theme, would like to help.