New Mozilla Thunderbird Application Icons Unveiled

Tuesday April 20th, 2004

Colin Ramsay writes: "Jon Hicks has revealed the new Thunderbird icons for the first time. Living up to the high standard set by his Firefox icons, they will be available shortly in Windows builds. OS X will follow soon."

Update: Steven Garrity, head of the Mozilla Visual Identity Team has written a weblog post about the new Thunderbird icons.

#1 Looks great!

by sgifford

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 1:28 PM

Wow, those look fantastic! Kudos to all involved!

#25 Re: Looks great!

by zachariah

Wednesday April 21st, 2004 10:40 AM

Good thing you got in the first reply -- you're absolutely correct!!

Now I am just dying with anticipation as to when we'll see it on:

I can't wait!

#27 Re: Re: Looks great!

by naylor83

Wednesday April 21st, 2004 3:23 PM

Maybe, like, now!

#2 Huh

by TheMatt

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 1:31 PM

Creates them in OS X, yet they're available on Windows first.

Look great, though.

#3 Re: Huh

by tniem

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 2:13 PM

I think that is based on who checks them in, not on his decisions.

#4 Nice

by jedbro

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 2:24 PM

Wow, impressive. I'd be interested on his perception on which was easier to create In Fireworks (firefox) or Illustrator CS (TB)?

#5 Wow!

by imforumman

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 2:34 PM

I'm in awe.

(It may just be even a tick better than the Firefox icon!)

#6 Grea icon, but...

by stonedyak

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 2:35 PM

Is it just me, or does the bird look slightly... exhausted? As if it's just dragged the mail (including 500 spams) from your front door to your armchair. It looks like it's slumped over the letter rather than carrying it. Maybe a slight change in posture would fix it?

That said, I do really like the look of the icon. Very visually appealing.

#7 eh..


Tuesday April 20th, 2004 3:34 PM

32x32 dosen't look like a bird at all. :x

#8 good job!

by aaron

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 3:38 PM

Looks good! I'd like to get a 128x128 px version so I could put it on my site (, for my Thunderbird themes.

Does this mean Thunderbird's getting an updated "About" window too?

#9 Mozilla Blogging Project

by mlefevre

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 4:24 PM

Doesn't this mean it's time to update those two-month-old "blogging project" links? Bart Decrem seems to have broken his blog so that link is 404 currently anyway...

#24 Reply

by napolj2

Wednesday April 21st, 2004 9:51 AM

Someone really should change those. But I just use gemal's blogupdate anyway:

#10 Tb 0.7

by berkut

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 6:02 PM

IMO the new artwork should have been hold on 'til the next Tb release to provide more shock and surprise like it was done with Firefox...

#11 Nice, BUT!

by PC1

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 6:27 PM

Where is the "Thunder"?

I also agree with "stonedyak" above that the bird seems a bit small in comparison to the envelope; this is probably needed for the icon to show an envelope, but I still want to see the Bird and I want Thunder if possible.

As I said the design is still very nice and it is well done


#12 Re: Nice, BUT!

by kaine023

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 7:54 PM

if you crank your speakers up when you load it, you can hear the thunder

#13 Re: Re: Nice, BUT!

by tniem

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 7:58 PM

I know lightening and thunder go hand in hand but why is it that people are always looking for lightening in images when something is talking about thunder?

#26 Re: Re: Re: Nice, BUT!

by Malc

Wednesday April 21st, 2004 1:59 PM

You can't see thunder. Therefore the image of lightening is synonymous with it.

#19 Re: Re: Nice, BUT!

by PC1

Wednesday April 21st, 2004 4:20 AM

I still like the Mozilla products to be named as "chick" (a small bird) rather than a full grown "bird". This way we get "Fire Chick" and "Thunder Chick"! Do not forget our favourate bird, the Chicken. If the term bird was chosen to carry envelopes, I think they were thinking of a Pigeon so may be "Thunder Pijon" would be more appropriate. This way every body is happy.

Thank god for the FireSomething extension :)

#14 can I download it?

by zachariah

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 8:17 PM

where is the new icon *file* -- the preview is nice, but gimme the URL to dowload the .ico!!

#15 The icon

by marcoos

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 11:03 PM

The icon is here:

In modern operating systems you can have PNGs as icons. :)

#16 Re: The icon

by Jugalator

Wednesday April 21st, 2004 2:21 AM

Hehe :)

Actually, in other window managers than Explorer on Windows too. ;)

#22 Re: The icon

by zachariah

Wednesday April 21st, 2004 8:20 AM

ok, that'll work for now, but what I really want is the 16x16 version without dropshaow.

so really I want the final .ico file

#17 Great new icons - how about basic functionality

by stvb

Wednesday April 21st, 2004 2:22 AM

It's great that a lot of thought and effort is going into the presentation aspects of Thunderbird. I would encourage developers to also review the basic functionality of email programs, for example reading mail. When receiving html pages if the background is a dark colour then you can't read the body of the email bug 31052

As states ".......dark blue background makes the text I typed very hard to see. We need this fixed."

This bug is still status new

Apologies if this only occurs in moz but I suspect it affects Thunderbird as well.

#18 Re: Great new icons - how about basic functionalit

by Squire72

Wednesday April 21st, 2004 3:41 AM

Seems to me... the people working on graphics and the people working on the functionality aren't the same folks... It's a lot like yelling at the dog becaise the cat peed in your shoes.

#20 Re: Great new icons - how about basic functionalit

by Fasse

Wednesday April 21st, 2004 4:51 AM

I think this isn't the right place for your bug-report. If everyone will post his favorite bug than we have a very long list of bugs. I think the developers will develop the whole application inclusive design and email funktionality, so don't be angry if they do something for the design. They will also refine on email funktionality.

#21 Re: Great new icons - how about basic functionalit

by thelem

Wednesday April 21st, 2004 7:25 AM

Or how about getting the person sending the email to send it using a sensible combination of colours? If they have to choose a dark background, then they should be using white text. Also, try the View > Message Body As > Plain Text option, works well in the suite.

#23 Dude

by Ringfinger

Wednesday April 21st, 2004 8:28 AM

That is fricking sweet. I just hope we can get these in linux soon as well!