Have a symbolic icon for the activities overview button by default?
The one thing that I've felt could use improving in GNOME 3 was the Activities Overview button in the top-left. Just the word "Activities" doesn't do a good job at painting a picture in the user's mind about what the button is used for. For a better out-of-the-box experience, I suggest designing and placing a symbolic icon to the left of the "Activities" text. I've included some screenshots, below, and a sample icon I designed in Inkscape (I'm not saying that this is the best icon, but something like it that simply communicates the window spread): Activities Overview icon sample file
- It helps the user right away to conceptualize what the purpose of the Activities button is, and therefore feels more user-friendly. (the icon would match the window spread that appears at the center of the screen when the Activities Overview is active -- as it is the most prominent element in the Overview)
- It offers a more polished look (the text-only look feels too plain for such an important button in the interface)
- It balances out the look of the top bar (now both sides of the top bar have icons -- makes things look more complete)
If this isn't the right place to suggest a design change, could someone point me in the right direction where I might propose this to the GNOME dev's? Thanks!