Jeez, another one? Who'd have thought one little icon would be so divisive...
Leave the save icon alone! http://forevertwentysomethings.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/chris_crocker_leave_britney_alone.jpeg
I think this is the right answer to the wrong question. The save icon is indeed a poor depiction of the action it represents, but we should really be asking ourselves how we can make the idea of saving obsolete.
Remembering things, comparing things, performing intermittent mundane actions—these are all things at which computers are much better than humans. Why not try to improve the whole process rather than just sticking a bandage on its face?
I disagree. I think saving can be very helpful. If I'm putting together a presentation (or anything for that matter) I want to be able to make mistakes but still go back to the last time I committed my changes. Save does that for me. I don't want to duplicate files or remember the time to which I need to revert back to. I'd rather save, and if I make a mistake, just go back to the last time I was happy with whatever it is I'm working on.
Yeah, but if the document is continuously "saved" (ie when you open the document it is in the state you closed it), wouldn't something like "snapshots", "versions", or "commits" be more appropriate?
Maybe "save" is still the right word, but in this model you're only "saving" the state of the document right now, not a copy of the file. Once you've used Git, the cloud, etc, nothing looks the same...
Redesigning the save icon is a waste of time because in 2-4 years, we won't have to worry about whether or not something has been saved.
It's not a matter of whether or not that's right, which is subjective. It's just a fact of the direction of technology.
Just because most geeks use cloud-based web apps and auto-saving native apps doesn't mean that's the experience of everyone. I think it'll be more than a few years before we leave saving behind, if indeed we ever do. People have been saving/storing stuff in the physical world since the beginning of time. I don't see why the digital world will be any different.
They said the car would never catch on,"we've been walking everywhere since the beginning of time." It may take another generation to fully eradicate the concept of saving...it's not just a mindset but also requires a system of fully ubiquitous computing.
I don't understand the urgency around this discussion? I can't remember the last time I saw a save icon.
i pretty much disagree with everything you said, but i'll play your game anyway.
if no one knows what a floppy disk is, yet know that its icon means "Save," why doesn't that qualify as a highly abstract symbol?