Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th Oct 2007 16:55 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces This is the second article in a series on common usability and graphical user interface related terms [part I]. On the internet, and especially in forum discussions like we all have here on OSNews, it is almost certain that in any given discussion, someone will most likely bring up usability and GUI related terms - things like spatial memory, widgets, consistency, Fitts' Law, and more. The aim of this series is to explain these terms, learn something about their origins, and finally rate their importance in the field of usability and (graphical) user interface design. In part II today, we focus on the pictogramme, popularly known as the icon.
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RE[2]: xerox star icons...
by hobgoblin on Mon 29th Oct 2007 15:22 UTC in reply to "RE: xerox star icons..."
hobgoblin
Member since:
2005-07-06

i would much prefer that the whole name got fitted in there.

hell, with the xerox star icons one could in theory, if they where vector based, do some vector math to refit the size of the icon around the size of the filename.

but i guess microsoft "fixed" it with putting the filename to the side of the icon instead of under it with vista...

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RE[3]: xerox star icons...
by renox on Wed 31st Oct 2007 20:54 in reply to "RE[2]: xerox star icons..."
renox Member since:
2005-07-06

Fitted how?

If you keep the icon the same size and downscale big name, the result will be unreadable.

If you keep the text the same size and upscale the icon, the icon will be huge.

Truncating the name as Windows does is not worse than those two solutions..

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RE[4]: xerox star icons...
by hobgoblin on Wed 31st Oct 2007 21:09 in reply to "RE[3]: xerox star icons..."
hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

that depends on the font of the icon and how the icon is designed.

look at how the labels are placed on the icons on the photo of the xerox star. i would hazard a guess that with the right font, the icon could scale up for a bit and fit all the text with ease.

hell, bigger icons are ok in my book. to small and you cant tell what the hell they represent, no matter how simple they are.

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