Have we ever stopped and thought about why icons mean so much even though they are so small?
We see icons every day - in web applications, mobile applications, advertisements and many many more daily-seen places…
Most of us will immediately identify the above icon as one that visually represents email.
We will also immediately identify the above icon as on that represents a “calendar”.
But have you ever thought about why a floppy disk still means “Save”? It’s not like we use floppies any more.
The language of visual design is very interesting and we are all learning all the time. I (Kiran Menon), believe that visual cognition is important to every single one of us - it is the easiest way to understand meaning. No need for 10’s of words to express the same thing that an image or illustration or icon or any visual representation can create.
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We, at Tydy, believe that visual design represents a very big part of our product design process. We try and add icons and visual cues where ever we can and where ever it lends clarity in the product.
How do you use visual design? How do you use icons? Have you ever thought about what might make a better “Save” icon?
I, for one, am still looking for the ideal Floppy Disk replacement.
Icons courtesy of Gemicons.