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System Pointer Family

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111773D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 133K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Oakley, R: AUTHOR

Abstract

The actual rendering of system pointer symbols can be seen in Figs. 1 and 2, with Fig. 1 showing existing pointers and Fig. 2 showing proposed pointers.

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System Pointer Family

      The actual rendering of system pointer symbols can be seen in
Figs. 1 and 2, with Fig. 1 showing existing pointers and Fig. 2
showing proposed pointers.

      The visual design and rendering of these symbols is the core of
this disclosure.  The system pointer group has been redesigned in
Fig. 2 to appear as a family, maintain the visual hierarchy of the
interface, and enhance the user's understanding.  The system pointer
group does this as a result of some very deliberate design choices in
the selection of color, rendering of shape, and the placement of
pixels to enhance balance and contrast where needed.  Considerations
for the interface as a whole were a priority in the design of these
symbols.

      By understanding how humans interpret shape, contrast, texture,
color and combining those aspects to communicate the visual
hierarchy, we provide the user with a clear message that enhances his
understanding of the interface.  Without this knowledge, the pointers
require more effort to visually interpret.