Icon Design

Die Semiotik und Gestaltung eines Icons sollten es dem Anwender ermöglichen ohne direkte textliche Unterstützung die zugrunde liegende Funktion eindeutig, schnell und fehlerfrei zu identifizieren.

About the performance of the Sifr icon set

We present results from the recent icon test using Sifr icons and compare it to the findings for Tango and Oxygen inspected in 2013.mehr...

How designers think about ‚Save as…‘

In a short survey we analyzed the association for a couple of newly introduced 'Save as...' icons compared to the classic floppy symbol.mehr...

Find the best Icon for ‚Save as…‘

Our friends from the World Usability Day in Stuttgart started a competition to create a new icon for 'Save as...'. We ask you to crowd curate the best one!mehr...

Extracting the DNA of icons

We present a way to measure the quality of icons using a large scale online test. With this data in hand, we seek inspiration on effects on the quality of icon sets.mehr...

Participate: New LibreOffice Icon Test started

The LibreOffice design team announces the start of a new online icon test. You are invited to participate!mehr...

How do you want Libreoffice’s toolbar configured?

Please participate in a short survey on how you want to have Libreoffice's toolbar configured by default.mehr...

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Crystal

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Crystal icon set.mehr...

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Humanity

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Humanity icon set.mehr...

Understanding Icons: Participate in final survey

We finally reached the 10th and last of our icon tests. Please, again, participate and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.mehr...

Understanding Icons: Participate in magic survey #9

In this icon test we take a look at another colored icon set. Please, again, participate and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.mehr...

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Treepata

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Treepata icon set.mehr...

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Elementary

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Elementary icon set.mehr...

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Breeze

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Breeze icon set.mehr...

Understanding Icons: Participate in high contrast survey #8

In this icon test we take a look at a high contrast set. Please, again, participate and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.mehr...

Understanding Icons: Participate in survey ‚7 of 9‘ (or more)

With this next icon test we take a look at the Elementary icon set. Please, again, participate and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.mehr...

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Tango

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Tango icon set.mehr...

Understanding Icons: Participate in 6th survey ‚Take a breeze‘

Our next icon test features the Breeze icon set, that might (or will?) become the default KDE icon set. Please, again, participate and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.mehr...

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Nitrux

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Nitrux icon set.mehr...

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Nuvola

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Nuvola icon set.mehr...

Understanding Icons: Participate in survey ‚Tango no. 5‘

We start the next in our little test series of different icon sets. Please, again, participate in our little game and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.mehr...

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Faenza

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Faenza icon set.mehr...

Understanding Icons: Participate in fantastic fourth survey

We start the next in our little test series of different icon sets. Please, again, participate in our little game and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.mehr...

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Oxygen

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Oxygen icon set.mehr...

Understanding Icons: Participate in our 3rd survey

Our little journey through different icon sets continues. Please participate in our little game and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.mehr...

Understanding Icons: Participate in survey no. 2

Our little journey through different icon sets continues. Please participate in our little game and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.mehr...

Understanding Icons: Participate in survey (aka The Rising)

We are starting an exploratory series of studies to better understand effects of icon design. Please participate in this first survey!mehr...

Metaphors behind icons – which are really useful?

Metaphors determine the association between a function and its icon. But sometimes these metaphors are misleading or ambiguous. With your help, we want to improve the metaphors used in Libreoffice.mehr...

Usability-Semiotik: Richtlinen für die Entwicklung von Icon-Metaphern

Bei der Entwicklung von Icons bestimmt die Metapher Wahrnehmung und Verständnis. Wir präsentieren sieben Richtlinien, die dabei helfen ein homogenes Set von Icons mit hoher Usability zu entwickeln.mehr...

How abstract can an icon be? About Copy & Paste in LibreOffice

Functions without natural pendant need special attention, even the well known copy / paste. Designers have to analyze intrinsic functionality instead of simply visualizing computer nomenclature.mehr...

Wo bringt dich der Navigator hin?

Anhand des Navigators und zwei weiteren Funktion zeigen wir, dass Toolbars nicht durch Toggle-Buttons in der Haupttoolbar an- und ausgeschaltet werden sollten.mehr...

Can a direction in time be displayed by spatial signs?

It is common practice to assign left and right with sequential steps in processing. It might be surprising that these simple functions may cause problems, but it shows the relevance of psychological knowledge to usability.mehr...

What is a pencil used for?

Which function do you expect when you see a pencil? To draw something or perhaps fill the background... But in the context of a word processor?mehr...

More is worse: About Detail in Icons

A statistical analysis shows that icons with less detail score better in terms of usability.mehr...

About Antiquated Metaphors in Icons

Antiquated metaphors in icons can work better than modern, but complicated ones. This can be shown on the example of the 'save' icon.mehr...