Icon Test

How good are the icons in your product? The web-based Icon test we developed allows us to measure the quality of icons and thus to improve it substantially.

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.more...

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.more...

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!more...

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.more...

Participate: New LibreOffice Icon Test started

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

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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.more...

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!more...

Active seminar for user-centered development

Modern product development puts the user in the center at an early stage. Our active seminar equips you with the knowledge you need to do so.more...

Quick wins: Conclusions of the Libreoffice icon test

Some of the icons of LibreOffice are confusing. Based on the findings of our last study we present some quick and easy changes that improve functionality.more...

Participate: New LibreOffice Icon Test started

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

Semiotics in Usability: Guidelines for the Development of Icon Metaphors

In the development of icons, the metaphor plays a vital role to ensure reliable perception and comprehension. We introduce seven guidelines that help to create a balanced set of icons with high usability.more...

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.more...

Where does the Navigator lead you?

We show on the example of the Navigator and two other functions that toolbars should not be toggled on and off by a button in the main toolbar.more...

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.more...

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?more...

More is worse: About Detail in Icons

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

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.more...

Methodology of Testing Icons

On the occasion of the large scale usability test of the LibreOffice Writer icons, this article explains how subjective and objective measurements can help to understand the quality of an icon-term relationship.more...

Participate: New LibreOffice Icon Test started

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

Results of KMail Icon Test #2

The 2nd KMail icon test with almost 2000 participants revealed that most icons are working well, but there still is room for improvement for some.more...

Participate: Icons of KDE SC put to the test – KMail, part 2

Please invest 5 minutes of your precious time and participate in our little survey to improve the quality of the oxygen icon-set!more...

Age distribution from last Icon Test

The age distribution of the last KMail icon test.more...

Results of KMail Icon Test #1

More than 3000 people took part in the KMail Icon Test. Most icons are working well, but some need attention. Interesting results are touching cutural aspects of the design of icons.more...

Some thoughts on testing icons

Icons are used to visualise a term. An icon test evaluates the strength of this relationship based on subjective and objective indicators.more...

Participate: Icons of KDE SC put to the test – KMail, part 1

Today we announce the start of a new study to evaluate the quality of KMail icons. Please participate.more...

Hello planet KDE!

From today our User Prompt blog is aggregated to planet KDE. We will be blogging about usability and user involvement in KDE.more...

Icon Test Results Revealed

The results of the Tine 2.0 icon test show the problems when icons are chosen from a standard icon set and are not developed individually.more...

Which are the best icons for Tine?

We announce the immediate start of an icon test for Tine 2.0. Please participate!more...

Results of TV-Browser Icon Usability Test

The development of a new testing methodology for icons has matured. The test of TV-Browser icons shows a varying quality of icons.more...

Icon Test with TV-Browser

The development of a new test for the quality of icons reaches the final state. In our validation study more than 22000 tests have been conducted.more...

Testing the Quality of Icons

We announce the availability of an online test of the quality of icons used in TV Browser. Please participate!more...

Looking back at LinuxTag 2008

Tine 2.0 technology preview was presented on LinuxTag 2008.more...