A Practical Approach to Icon Taxonomy

  • Teemu KorpilahtiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 617)


There have been various studies and attempts for classifying icons according to semiotic principles. Comparing these systems with each other, it seems the discussion is verging on semantics as much as it is on semiotics. What is needed is a more concrete and practical system. One that can be adopted by designers, even without a very profound understanding of semiotic theory. This paper proposes a practical approach to icon taxonomy and presents survey data that has been gathered to validate some of the basic assumptions of the system.


Interface Icon Interface design Taxonomy Semiotics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aalto UniversityHelsinkiFinland

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