fluxgain Icons for salesforce

by Mark Sivill

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About this project

Project Description

It should be easy to create engaging salesforce screens for users, whether you are a salesforce administrator, consultant or ISV.

The goal of this project is to create 100 professionally designed icons ( in 32x32 and 16x16 sizes so 200 icons in total ) that are easy to use within salesforce.com formula fields, tabs, and visualforce pages. This work will be packaged up and put on the salesforce appexchange as a free listing for salesforce users and partners to use.

More visually appealing screens

Given the choice of

Data only salesforce.com screen section
Data only salesforce.com screen section

or

Icons and data salesforce.com screen section (icons from Graphics Pack)
Icons and data salesforce.com screen section (icons from Graphics Pack)

what would you choose to work with all day?

Project Details

There are two parts to the project

  • getting your ideas as a basis for a graphic designer to create icons with
  • building a framework inside a salesforce package to make using the icons easy to use

Icon creation

If the fluxgain Icons project is successfully funded relevant backers will be contacted to get ideas on what types of icon and icon themes should be put together. Backer ideas and our ideas will be meshed together to come up with a short list of icons to be designed. The bulk of any funds raised will go towards icon creation. If we are lucky enough to be funded any additional funding with go towards designing further icons.

Salesforce Framework

Development work will also be done on the salesforce platform to make easier to

  • find the icons
  • use the icons in formula fields
  • share created icon formula fields across different projects / companies

This work will be packaged together and posted on salesforces appexchange so that salesforce customers can quickly install the work into their salesforce environment (org) and start building on top of the icons. To reach the highest number of salesforce orgs the fluxgain Icons work will be put into a managed package as it will contain apex code.

Background

While working at salesforce I built the Graphics Pack application on the appexchange. The application included a number of different "free to use" icons that could be used in salesforce for formula fields, tabs and Visualforce pages. The application provided more choice for graphically visualising data than the default set of icons.

Salesforce formula fields with icons from Graphics Pack
Salesforce formula fields with icons from Graphics Pack
Some larger images that can be used in salesforce tabs from Graphics Pack
Some larger images that can be used in salesforce tabs from Graphics Pack

The Graphics Pack application has been available to salesforce customers for a couple of years and has had generally favourable feedback. However there could be more done to make it even better for salesforce users and administrators -

  • better way to quickly find the icon your are looking for
  • a consistent look and feel across all icons
  • more icons for formula fields
  • more icon colour variations
  • share peoples icon formula fields easily across org and not worry about hard-coded id values
  • allow people to create formula fields without having to lookup and id on another page

This is the reason I created this project.

Risks and challenges

Some of the risks/challenges that we might face on this project include

a) Quality of icons required cost more than funds raised
b) Salesforce governor limits
c) Salesforce appexchange process

Some of the steps we are taking or will take to reduce these risks include

a) Quality of icons required cost more than funds raised

We have already asked for ballpark figures from some vendors who provided the free icons for 'Graphics Pack' using the quality of their own images as a starting point. The vendors used different pricing strategies to come up with a cost and have stated until they see the final list of icons it is difficult to come up with a final number. Given this information I've based the cost per icon on the worst case scenario and therefore the project funding requirements around this number.

b) Salesforce governor limits

Given salesforce is a multi-tenant platform there are governor limits in place to stop an individual or organisation consuming more than their fair share of resources. These limits take many forms including amount of rows queried from the database, amount file storage, number of objects created, etc. The limits we have focused on are for a developer edition of salesforce around file storage, custom settings and static resources. Given this, limits we believe there is enough for at least 10000 icons in total (including both sizes, and colour variations on an unique specific icon). This is also the reason why some of the rewards are limited in order to avoid governor limits being exceeded.

c) Salesforce appexchange process

There might be delays in getting the package listed on the appexchange, for example the appexchange security process takes 5-7 weeks to go through, if any problems arise then its another 5-7 weeks to re-review. To reduce this uncertainty we will release an early version of the package for appexchange review that has the development code work completed but not necessarily all the icons added to it. This way we can identify any problem areas early and fix them.

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