Has anyone seen any attempts to replace the standard floppy disk Save
icon? Seeing as most people haven't touched a 3.5" floppy in a decade,
is anyone addressing this archaic icon and how we can replace the
current mental model associated with it?
decades ago, when computing was becoming more mainstream and personal
(Macintosh, PC revolution, firsts GUIs, ...), the desktop metaphor was
invented. This arguably helped make friendlier a computer to new people.
Metaphor is an important concept in computer system design as well as in
language. Metaphor is more than just a literary device used for poetic
effect, it is an integral part of our language and thought.
"Sources for interface metaphors abound. In the past, we leaned
heavily on the world of the office and its folders and desktops,
because we thought we were building interfaces mainly for office
workers. But today, information work and information workers are
My boss wants me to create a metaphoric interface for a website
(really!). He's from Natural Resources though. Our clients have already
created a prototype based on a metaphor and he wants me to improve it.
(Its a Natural Resource website and the Interface has the image of a
scenary that they created, with icons of camping, lakes, hiking etc near
I'm planning to convince my boss/ clients that metaphors were disposed
ages back for informational websites.
> Although software isn't human it engages our human emotions but > because it has complex behavior like humans. So, it's really too bad > that it follows its own machine logic... wouldn't it be nice if > sometimes computers followed human logic? That would be refreshing.
They can't. They aren't human. Thus they have to be designed to present
themselves as though they had human motivations and behaviors. One way
of doing this is via metaphor. "Dialog" boxes pop up to ask you