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Icon-Quiz, Dynamic viewports, and natural input design.

Hi, I’m Anselm Hannemann. Freelance webdesigner, frontend engineer, advisor. Curating WDRL, growing vegetables on a market garden farm.

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Will you recognize what the icons in the following link want to explain? I thought it’s a good quiz to ask my international friends here to find out how well these icons work. Now think about using only icons for an interface again. The idea of building these icons is to reduce friction in the user interface and to clean up endless text options but what is it worth if no one knows what the symbol really means? I myself struggle a lot when apps have text links for everything but the user login / registration or account link is a symbol that’s hard to identify (is it the login, the sign up, the logout icon?).

Better try to clean up interfaces so the text alone works well. If you then add icons in a subtle way to support users reading the text that’s fine. On this topic, Jim Nielsen has rethought about forms and comes up with the idea of parsing natural language text again. What works well in Apple Reminders, in ToDoist and many other apps already is a great idea for the web, too. We could even build bridges and try to parse and if we’re not sure we offer other ways of visually setting details as well.

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