Less is more in icon design?
February 4, 2010 3:08 PM Subscribe
Can you help me find a recent blog post arguing that less detailed icons are better at representing broad concepts?
posted by centerweight to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I recently saw a great blog post that used some nice illustrations and examples to point out that as detail was removed from an icon, the icon became able to represent a broader range of concepts. One section I vividly remember dealt specifically with the home icon. A very bare-bones, abstract icon represents the concept of "home" as in home page pretty well. But as more detail was added, the icon really began to stand for more and more specific things - a house instead of the concept of "home;" a specific house vs. any type of house.
I may have seen it on Reddit, Hacker News or Daring Fireball, but my GoogleFu and browsing their archives has failed to turn it up. I remember it being widely linked in the past 10 days.
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