Kategorie-Archiv: Icon Design

User Interface Design von Office 2010

Keri Vandeberghe von Microsoft’s Office Design Group gibt in einem interessanten Artikel auf dem offiziellen Office-Blog Einblick in die Oberflächengestaltung von Office 2010 und stellt das neue Design der Programmicons vor.


Screenshot: blogs.technet.com/office2010

Designing and implementing the visuals for Microsoft Office goes beyond the icons and the age old desire simply to “make it look pretty”. It’s about bridging the gap between the familiar and the unknown, conveying and building on a brand, and helping users complete their daily tasks without getting in the way. Hopefully this quick overview has given you a better understanding of the visual refresh you’ll see in Microsoft Office 2010.


Screenshot: blogs.technet.com/office2010

The application icons have been re-designed for the release of Office 2010. The new icon designs respond to research that informs us that users can more easily associate icons by letter and color than by abstract design. We’ve adopted an alphabet system to bring a more uniform approach to the wide variety of Office family products.

Siehe auch

Office 2010: Visuals and Branding
Evolving the Backstage View

Tango Icon Library


(Screenshot: tango-project.org)

Have a look at the Tango Icon Library. Nice Icons wich can be used for open source software.
„The Tango Desktop Project exists to help create a consistent graphical user interface experience for free and Open Source software.“

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Tango Icon Gallery

Photos make icons meaningful


Screenshot: trnmag.com

The Technology Research news published a short article about the generation of semanticons.
„Staring at a screenful of identical icons is not the most efficient way to find the file you are looking for.
Researchers from Northwestern University are looking to remedy the problem with a system that automatically generates semanticons — image-based file icons that are easier to find and remember than ordinary icons.
(…)
Users recognized semanticons an average of 1.96 seconds faster than ordinary icons and performed a memory game more than 20 percent faster using semanticons than ordinary icons, according to studies by the researchers.“

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Photos make icons meaningful

Icons, Symbols and a Semiotic Web


Screenshot: markboulton.co.uk

Mark Boulton published his thoughts about Icons, Symbols and a Semiotic Web at his weblog:
„We’ve established that semiotics is the study of signs, and signs can be made up of all sorts of stuff like language, pictures, body language etc. but what does all this mean in a practical sense? Well, it might help to give you a brief overview of the field of semiotics, then go into some of the theories that help make up it’s core.
Modern day Semioticians, not only study ’signs‘ – it goes much deeper than that – they study how meaning is formed. They study how people first of all interprate a sign, how they then draw on cultural or personal experience to understand a sign. In that sense semiotics is about communication (see the parallels with design?).
There are three main areas of semiotics; the signs themselves, the way they are organised into systems and the context in which they appear.
We’ll have a look at the first of these in this article.“

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Icons, Symbols and a Semiotic Web