Approaches to Interface Icon Classification

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationTheories, Methods, and Human Issues
EditorsMasaaki Kurosu
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319912387
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Cesar's Palace, Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 15 Jul 201820 Jul 2018
Conference number: 20

Publication series

NameLecture notes in computer science
ISSN (Electronic)0302-9743


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleHCI
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Internet address


  • Interface icon
  • Taxonomy
  • Classification
  • Semiotics
  • Semiology

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    Korpilahti, T. (2018). Approaches to Interface Icon Classification. In M. Kurosu (Ed.), Human-Computer Interaction: Theories, Methods, and Human Issues (Vol. 10901, pp. 126-137). (Lecture notes in computer science; Vol. 10901).