Cutting Edge Design or a Beginner’s Mistake? – A Semiotic Inspection of iOS7 Icon Design Changes

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8518)


This work follows an ongoing discussion on the implications of skeuomorphic vs. flat design for interface design. Therefor two subsets of the standard iOS6 and iOS7 system icons were reviewed with a semiotic inspection method and compared against each other. The subsets were chosen according to an open online user rating. The findings suggest that missing information due to design simplification is a major issue for less user acceptance. This study shows that especially flat design affords a more careful focus on the semantics of the used elements.


Semantics Meaningfulness and Satisfaction Attractiveness Interface visualization semiotic engineering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fulda University of Applied SciencesFuldaGermany

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