10 Mistakes in Icon Design

Martin Sourada martin.sourada at gmail.com
Wed Feb 13 20:40:14 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-02-13 at 14:03 -0600, Michael Beckwith wrote:
> http://turbomilk.com/truestories/cookbook/criticism/10-mistakes-in-icon-design/

Thanks for the link,

from my experience with Echo icons we usually tend to be aware of these
mistakes, but:

ad 1. especially in 16x16, this goal seems to be sometimes hard to
achieve, I personally believe the package-x-generic icon I am working on
ATM (see the other thread here) might have some problems with this.
Luckily mostly only places/status/mimetypes/action icons are usually
displayed at this size.

ad 5. yep, we were criticised a lot about having 3-D icons for 22x22,
the article specifically talks about 16x16 and smaller. Yet, we decided,
to drop perspective for <= 24x24 action icons. A compromise between
usability as slickness I'd say...

ad 6. yes, this one is crucial. We need to use widely recognised
metaphors, but I believe so far there are not much icons (maybe none)
that violates this

ad 10. this one is the most problematic, people usually forgot (or don't
care?) about this step, which results in a blurry icon, and that's the
reason why you see my comments about pixel grid alignment in nearly
every thread related to new icon creation...
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