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: No surprise.
by WereCatf on Thu 17th Jan 2013 08:31 UTC in reply to "No surprise."
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I would say that, on the other hand, bland icons with too little detail are just as bad.


Being bland kind of already says it ain't got enough flair. I've preferred simple, clean icons and user-interfaces for a long, long time, and some of my favorite icon sets of the moment are the Sticker - ones by David Lanham -- see e.g. http://iconfactory.com/freeware/preview/stkr2 -- and Stylistica - icons at http://dryicons.com/free-icons/preview/stylistica-icons-set/ .

The sticker-like icons are colourful, yet they don't actually sport all that many details, and they scale well both for high and low resolutions. Similarly, the Stylistica - icons scale well both for high and low resolutions, lack any unnecessary details, but unlike the sticker-like icons they don't use colours.

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