Why force someone to read tedious text when the picture of a crossed-out cigarette will do? In the real world, icons are always telling us what to do. No smoking on the airplane. Beware of the road crew ahead. Go to the restroom here if you’re a man, and there if you’re a woman. These icons, for the most part, tell us these things without so much as a word. They’re achievements of human efficiency.
The digital world, however, is a different story. In business software, warnings and directions are often much more complex. How can an icon summarize, for instance, whether you are customizing or repairing information? Which icon is the best representation, so that it tells us what can be done? Is it the cog-wheel or screwdriver & wrench icon?
To answer these questions we have a dedicated UX team which focusses on this challenge. Their main focus is the interactions between the user and different devices, where our business software runs on. In Exact Synergy Enterprise Product Update 251 we have updated the existing icons so that they have a modern look & feel and are consistent all over the software.
In the below screenshot you can see some of the improvements:
Exact Synergy Enterprise Product Update 251 is expected to be generally available in Q2 2013.
Please let me know what you think about the new icons, when you have a chance to view them.