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Approaches to Interface Icon Classification

Various attempts have been made at creating a classification for user interface icons, with some focusing on their pictorial presentation, and others on the signs’ relation to their intended meaning. This paper provides a review of the existing classification systems, and discusses their strengths and weaknesses. Based on this review, we then propose an alternative practical approach to icon classification, which is aimed towards designers of user interface icons rather than the research community, and evaluate its usability based on data gathered from two online surveys.

Graphic Design for Electronic Documents and User Interfaces

Marcus' book from the ACM tutorial series is a compilation of practical guidelines for the design of digital user interfaces. Published already in 1992, it partly contains advice that are not relevant today, but it also contains general design instructions that are not restricted to time. Parts of it also concern the design of interface icons.

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