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
    ISBN (Print)9783319912370
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018
    MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed conference publication
    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
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityLas Vegas
    Internet address


    • Interface icon
    • Taxonomy
    • Classification
    • Semiotics
    • Semiology


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