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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I think icons should be very simple
by Nelson on Thu 17th Jan 2013 05:11 UTC
Nelson
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2005-11-29

If they're complex, they're harder to understand in my opinion.

I think simple and bland are not mutually exclusive things. You can be simple, but use color to focus attention within the icon or add flare.

If you look here:
http://blogs.msdn.com/cfs-filesystemfile.ashx/__key/communityserver...

I think it shows a good example of color being used effectively within icons to make them simple, but not so bland that they're hard to distinguish.

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