Opened 5 years ago
Toolbar icons/buttons vague and button status hard to determine
|Reported by:||cryogen||Owned by:|
|Keywords:||UI, interface, toolbar, icons||Cc:|
|Component version:||3.23.02||Operating system type:||OS X|
|Operating system version:||10.11.6|
After upgrading to v.3.23.02 on Mac OSX, I was pleased to find new toolbar icons/button. However, the meanings of the buttons are vague. Even more, the status, active or inactive, of a button is very hard to determine visually.
As to the vague meanings of the buttons/icons, I leave that to the designers, but I think some more thought should be put into the images to better represent their function. For example, the synchronized browsing icon and the refresh icon are similar but cannot visually tell you what their purpose is at a glance. I realize this is a challenge...
On the "status" of a button, turning some features on or off in the toolbar makes so minor a change to the icon, it is very hard to tell if it is active or inactive. I would suggest either a much more bold coloration on the "active" buttons and when a button goes inactive, make it very faint and grayscale only (not just faded version with colors). I am sure there are other good approaches to making these toolbar selections VERY obvious when active or inactive. Maybe consult the Apple Human Interface guidelines for some ideas. They seem to be pretty good at UI design.