Let's Redesign the Save Icon(branch.com)

over 6 years ago from P.J. Onori, Lead Product Designer at Pinterest

  • Dan CortesDan Cortes, over 6 years ago

    Well, since everyone knows what it means, does it matter where it came from? It's a symbol all its own now, I don't see why that's a bad thing.

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    • Vince Angeloni, over 6 years ago

      I agree. You shouldn't attempt to fix what isn't broken. Icons aren't just pictures or symbols they are languages all their own and they should be treated as such. Once you start swaying away from what users know you are no longer speaking their language. Changing a globally recognized action symbol could have a massive impact on users.

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    • P.J. Onori, over 6 years ago

      Hmm... Interesting. I definitely take a different opinion on that. I definitely feel like it's an abstracted concept, but the rendering is still quite representational and it lacks conceptual integrity at this point. If we are going to have a meaningless icon, it should at least look good - and the floppy disk icon does not.

      I also think it does matter where the symbol came from. A flawed standard that's been widely accepted it still flawed.

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