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iconography
Xerox Star 6085 desktop icons (c. 1985)

Title: History Of Icons Context: Iconography: 40 years later and we’re right back where we started. Synopsis: Of all the GUI’s contributions to the canon of design, none is so significant, and fraught with passionate debate as the lowly icon.

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USB icon schematic

Title: 5 Confusing Icons and Their History Context: The meaning behind an icon is very often in the eye of the beholder. Synopsis: Designers of all stripes have a love/hate relationship with iconography. A good, clear icon communicates succinctly, saves

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Icons used in research project

Title: Are Hollow Icons Really Harder to Recognize Than Solid Icons? A Research Study Context: The age old argument between solid and outlined icons finally gets settled. A long 12 months of conflict finally resolved! Synopsis: There are many assumptions

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The ubiquitous hamburger icon is as familiar as it is mysterious…until now! 
Best Bit: “Interesting inside joke… we used to tell potential users that the image was an “air vent” to keep the window cool. It usually got a chuckle,

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Title: Redesigning the Save symbol. Let’s do this. Context: Culture. History. Symbolism. Metaphor. Psychology. It’s like a dang Dostoyevsky novel. Synopsis: When was the last time you used a floppy disk? Probably just a few minutes ago. Really. Go check

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Title: Beyond the Surface: 15 Years of Desktop Aesthetics Context: Don’t judge a man by his computer desktop…On second thought, maybe you should… Synopsis: Look at your computer desktop. No. Really look at it. Does it still have the OEM

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Title: 9 Rules to Make Your Icons Clear and Intuitive Context: Put down the pirated copy of Photoshop and step away from the iconography. Synopsis: Icons are easy. All you need to do is to make a little picture of

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Press Button Receive BaconImage credit: Michael Hanscom, "Press Button Receive Bacon", May 6, 2008, Flickr

Title: Usability in Icons Context: The successful icon is in the details. Synopsis: How should we choose which icon to use for representing a user action? Who cares, right? Icon-shmicon. Put a little picture up there and eventually after the

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The dark side is powerless against 128 x 128 pixel pictograms. via imageshack.us

Title: Realism in UI Design Context: How realistic should that icon look? Synopsis: Many UI elements are abstractions of familiar concepts that allow users to project their own context on while remaining universal enough to be functional across individuals, demographics

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