Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Jan 2013 00:46 UTC, submitted by the_randymon
Graphics, User Interfaces "A statistical analysis shows that icons with less detail score better in terms of usability. It seems to be an easy truth: too much detail in icons confuses the users. So we wondered whether we could find any evidence for this truth in the data of our large scale test of the LibreOffice Icons."
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RE[2]: No surprise.
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 17th Jan 2013 02:16 UTC in reply to "RE: No surprise."
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My biggest problem, I think, is confusingly-similar icons (along with blandness).

For example--on my phone, the cell signal and "Wi-Fi On" indicators are just bars, increasing with size. Well, the Wi-Fi icon is a dumb indicator, it doesn't actually change; it's either off or on, but it looks similar. On a PC, the wireless network/Wi-Fi indicator looks pretty much the same; increasing numbers and sizes of bars for better signals.

Oh, and the traditional volume icon? Well... it used to look distinctly like a speaker with sound waves of increasing sizes coming out, but now that modern operating systems and desktop environments are "simplifying" that icon, it looks pretty indistinguishable to the others. And battery power? Heh, even that is often indicated by the same style of increasing-size-bars icon, as it traditionally was before all the wireless stuff came out.

I'm running KDE right now and its "Notifications" and "Desktop Search File Indexing" files are incredibly bad. The notifications icon is just a lowercase "i" and I don't even know what the other is supposed to be. And KDE's two-dimensional monochrome volume icon is so bland it barely even looks like a speaker.

Edited 2013-01-17 02:21 UTC

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