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Mental models: when icons go bad

As a web designer, there are numerous ways you can showcase your creativity and talent. Coming up with ‘clever replacements’ for well-known graphical icons is definitely not one of them.

Some symbols are fully ingrained in our collective consciousness, and it’s usually wise to accept and respect this. Witness the near-immortal ‘floppy disk’ Save icon – a symbol derived from a long-dead piece of technology, yet an eight year old child (who has never even seen a floppy disk) will intuitively understand it.  It ‘just is’.

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