I am producing a new application icon for a query menus and I would critique about this icon:
The aim of this icon is to represent the group of dishes, like in a folder tree found in many operating systems.
If it's not a standard icon (read: thousands of apps use it) then it will be difficult to figure out no matter how well you design it. Add a label next to it, then the exact icon doesn't matter so much.
I'm yet to see a non-standard icon so incredibly clear that I immediately know what it means without labels.
I would change the icon to include different types of dishes to better represent hierarchy.
For example on a traditional dinner setting. So maybe the top one is a dinner plate, then a saucer, then a cup, then a spoon.
Right now it just looks like a poorly aligned group of indiscriminate objects (I don't see them as plates).
Rather than trying to explain, I figure I'd post a visual suggestion, if the OP is stuck on using "dishes"/"Plates" as a icon theme. It kind of takes a riff of of what Ryan is promising with a stack of items - in this case "plates".
I hope this helps you!
Here it is:
I don't understand the icon presented in the question. Some lines, circle, flying aliens?
I suggest not to use "folder"-like icon - no matter what you will do, it probably will be not original and not beautiful as you like.
IMHO you should find some "symbol" to your application and create just a beautiful icon even without any suggestion of menus/folder/archives etc.
IMHO simple is better