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Approaches to Interface Icon Classification

  • Teemu Korpilahti
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10901)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Interface icon Taxonomy Classification Semiotics Semiology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aalto UniversityHelsinkiFinland

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