Use recommended UI panel formatting¶
It is important to use consistent style and placement for text and icons in the UI.
Be selective when deciding to use icons instead of text. It is often difficult for users to understand the intent of an icon. New icons should be thoroughly reviewed and tested by the user experience project. That said, icons can improve usability in specific instances.
You have limited space.
The icon is quickly recognizable.
Consider global audiences and whether the icon is recognizable across cultural differences.
The icon enhances design appeal.
If you decide to use an icon, follow these tips:
Keep the design simple and consistent.
Keep the location of individual icons consistent. Users recognize and expect patterns which help to establish meaning and function.
Ensure the icon is quickly recognizable and memorable. For help, work with the UX project.
If there is space, consider adding a text label to the icon.