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Part of: Images


Last updated: 25 February, 2020

Holding page for new readability guidelines around icons:

  • decorative icons

  • control buttons

  • toggle buttons

  • form elements

Please share further usability studies and academic papers in the comments section of this page.

Live discussion of usability evidence will take place in the Slack workspace icons channel at 8pm GMT on 26 February.

Usability evidence

Icon Usability, Nielsen Norman Group, Harley, A., 2014

Usability Testing of Icons, Nielsen Norman Group, Harley, A., 2016

Yes, Icons Need Text Labels (Video), Nielsen Norman Group, Harley, A. Undated.

'Effects of language fluency and graphic animation on modality choices by adults when following online explanatory demonstrations', Wright, P. and others, 2009