Need suggestions for iconography

9 May 2008 - 9:48am
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Rob Mitchell
2008

Hello All,

This is my first post to the group. I'm going to admit that the discussion
topics each day are really enlightening.

I'm involved in a project (educational software) whereby we need to come up
with an icon that represents a test the user takes to assess their skill
level before they proceed with with more advanced functionality.

The icon will be standard windows icon size.

Any suggestions for icon depiction?

Thanks

Rob

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9 May 2008 - 10:09am
Chauncey Wilson
2007

Rob

Conduct a braindrawing exercise where you present the function as you
do below and ask a group of people to sketch very rough concepts
quickly. After a few minutes of sketching, people hand their sketches
to the person beside them in a meeting and that person reviews the
sketch and then adds new ones or variations on the old ones. Do 3-5
rounds of this and then have a session where you extact good ideas or
good icons.

I've written a chapter on this and have done this many times for icons
and even ideas for home pages for Web sites. The method is form of
visual brainstorming and quite powerful. It is sometimes used to
expose requirements. You need to reassure people strongly that
artistic talent is not required.

Send me a note offline and I"ll provide a few more details for you if
this sounds interesting. It is also used as a tool to teach
creavitity in children. If you google the method, you'll find some
useful stuff, though it is hard to find a thorough discussion of the
method.

Chauncey

On Fri, May 9, 2008 at 10:48 AM, Rob Mitchell <pinchio at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello All,
>
> This is my first post to the group. I'm going to admit that the discussion
> topics each day are really enlightening.
>
> I'm involved in a project (educational software) whereby we need to come up
> with an icon that represents a test the user takes to assess their skill
> level before they proceed with with more advanced functionality.
>
> The icon will be standard windows icon size.
>
> Any suggestions for icon depiction?
>
> Thanks
>
> Rob
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9 May 2008 - 9:58am
Andante
2008

One of my tasks at Deloitte is to design and create icons for our
applications, here are a few suggestions:
1. A pencil
2. A pencil over a sheet of paper (document type)
3. A torso and a document bg

Enrique

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9 May 2008 - 2:15pm
Bruno Figueiredo
2007

I would suggest going with a torso and a small badge on top of it
representing a level (maybe a 3 bar chart, or a line one, or a line
splitting into three branches horizontaly). So that would convey the
message User Level that will effectively be the end result.

Or you could play on it being the PRE test. If the test icon is a
sheet of paper, then a small (arc) arrow pointing to the test on the
right would convey the message Going for Test.

Sometimes the activities behind the icons are too complex. I would
really suggest going with just a label. It's much more clear. And
don't forget this rule of thumb for icon design: "if the icon needs
a label to be clear, redesign the icon instead".

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9 May 2008 - 2:44pm
DanP
2006

Hi Rob,

Design is so much fun - heck, you gave away the fun part! Here's a
super quick ideation page for you:

http://www.peknik.com/temporary/IxDN.jpg

I couldn't spend any real time on it and had to use my iPhone for the
pictures, but what the heck...

The ideation process was as follows:

1) Identify key inspirational words:

advance/d
test
assess
skill
level
education
challenge
forward
progress
movement
climb
accomplish
education
achievement
success

2) Sketch or google for some ideas that represent these words... you
can do this as a group exercise or alone. I enjoy both.

...If you were to continue, you'd just:

3) Refine the ideas (Design, Test, Repeat)

...from this fast 10 minute exercise, I like the astronaut concept.
It applies to both children and adults, embodies the ideas in the
word list, and is internationally understood to mean "difficult but
exciting journey to arrived safely with great success".

Have fun,
-Dan

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Dan Peknik
Interaction/Industrial Design
Bay Area California
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On May 9, 2008, at 7:48 AM, Rob Mitchell wrote:
> Hello All,
>
> This is my first post to the group. I'm going to admit that the
> discussion
> topics each day are really enlightening.
>
> I'm involved in a project (educational software) whereby we need to
> come up
> with an icon that represents a test the user takes to assess their
> skill
> level before they proceed with with more advanced functionality.
>
> The icon will be standard windows icon size.
>
> Any suggestions for icon depiction?
>
> Thanks
>
> Rob
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
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10 May 2008 - 6:00pm
gabefriedman
2007

I'm assuming there are more tests throughout the program. In which
case, would you maybe be better off designing a single "test" icon
- pencil/paper, torso/paper, radio buttons/checkboxes - and using
something else to convey that *this* test is for determining
"placement".

It's a lot to ask of an icon that it convey "test to determine what
functionality you're shown"!

Then again, maybe I'm just not a very good icon designer.

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