Thursday, February 09, 2006

Set In Our Ways?

Sets of icons that always go together ...

"A minor design conundrum we face is as follows: based on the data we collect, we can see that within certain sets of related features, some of them are used much more frequently than others. Should we ever act on this data by showing only the most-used features in a set?

Let's take three of the most common "sets" of icons in Office: "Bold - Italic - Underline", "Left Justify - Center - Right Justify", and "Undo - Redo".

Conventional wisdom and common practice dictate that wherever one of these icons tread, all of them should appear. I don't think I've ever seen a user interface with just Bold and Italic and not Underline. (At least not one that actually has an underline feature...)"   continued ...   (Via Jensen Harris)

Icon Sets. - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Icon Sets.


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