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Preserving Details in Mino-Icons

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104881D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dawson, CA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes a method to easily maintain the descriptive benefits of icons when changing from large icons to mini-icons.

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Preserving Details in Mino-Icons

      This article describes a method to easily maintain the
descriptive benefits of icons when changing from large icons to
mini-icons.

      In OS/2* applications (such as OfficeVision/2*), there were
Chart and Report icons.  Both resembled a generic document icon with
an additional graphic detail to show one was a chart and the other a
report.  However, when the mini-icon form was used, the generic
document mini-icon was too small to show the additional graphic
detail.  Thus, the distinction between these two icons was lost.

      Consider an improvement to this mini-icon technique whereby the
graphic detail is maintained instead of a smaller version of the big
icon.  This design technique allows applications to display the same
level of detail no matter which kind of icon is presented to the
user.

      See the illustration for details.  The graphic detail shows
calendar examples for sick day, recreation, travel and meeting icons.

* Trademark of IBM Corp.