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Re: go-home echo icon concept



Uno Engborg wrote:
I'm not quite sure if I have gotten this right. Are all the above icons supposed to mean the same thing?
Yes, you got it right, all the four icons are supposed to mean the same thing.
If so I would go for the house silhouette alone, without a folder. It takes much more brain processing power to recognize a house on a folder than just a plain house shape. Shapes are among the things we recognize very quickly. The house icon is the icon that has the most uniqueness in shape of the ones that you suggested.
My personal opinion is that the ones with the folder looks better, but I must also agree with you, that the ones without the folder are easier recognized. Maybe the one with the folder could be used for large size and the one without the folder for small size?
Another thing, the arrow somehow indicates a directional move, i.e. go back to home or go forward to home. Does this really make sense in the application? I would think that the direction from where you get to home is irrellevant in most cases. so we should not invite the user to think in terms of back and forward. So I suggest you leave out the arrow or make it point to the house in e.g. 45 degree angle. That way you could indicate move without involving allready taken concepts like "back", "forward", "up", "down" that is used elsewhere. Leaving out the arrow is probably the best option as it makes the icon less complicated, so the plain blue house is the best alternative in my oppinion.
Hmm... I didn't reailze that. Just placed the arrow where it fitted best and pointed it to doors (likewise it is done in application-exit icon from Mola). Anyway, it was just an idea, it can be left out if it does not fit well with it.

Thanks for your comments :-)

Regards,
Martin Sourada


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