I am really anticipating Plasma 6 and the more streamlined and modern Desktop for sure will be needed.
I think Plasma is already pretty great, but the small black/white Breeze icons really bug me. I am sure they are better than the old colored icons, but they are very sharp and don’t really fit to modern “curved edges, animations” desktops anymore.
I dont want to say it, but Plasma and Windows always copy each other a bit. And while Plasma looks better than Windows 10 in my eyes, and is objectively better for powerusers than Win11 due to the more condensed and not as childish menus everywhere, the icons still look very harsh.
I have to say, Windows 11 got a good take here, as the interface does look pretty great. The same goes for the window decorations, that are very sharp and edgy on Plasma. I can the turned square icon is to distinguish from Windows, but something better has to get there.
I have no experience in designing such icons, but would like your opinions, who would be interested, I would for sure try to help and learn the necessary Inkscape ;D
I think the Breeze icons (the small ones) are already pretty good, but could use some slight rounding. Currently I use Adapta, which I find is the absolute best iconset for the small icons, as it also includes some colors but not too many.
Currently I use Adapta for KDE, and made a new Theme with just the icons:
I find it already way more pleasant, modern, rounded, easily identifiable, good looking on HiDPI screens. It needs some new icons like the night color and brightness one, but I think it is a solid base.