Is replacing icons with emoji a good idea?

I’m currently polishing an application I have built using fontawesome. Due to fontawesome’s pretty huge (nearly 2 MB with the more accessible SVG + JS Version) footprint, I’m considering to utilize emoji instead. These are already on every machine and users should be used to them.

I think it might be a good idea since using icons the users already associate with their meaning might make it easier for them to quickly understand what a button does, even without reading the associated text. This would be especially good for illiterate, visually impaired or dyslexic users.

There still is the text for screen reader users and the icons are wrapped inside elements that are hidden from them.

The only caveat I can come up with is that Apple doesn’t allow apps that use emoji in their interface sometimes. However this application is company internal and will never show up on any app store so I don’t think this would be an issue.

As far as I can tell, all users have OSes that support emoji.

Is there anything I’m missing?

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Designing/ Using Icons for people over the age of 40

How does someone in the industry use the right icons and text together in order for age > 40 people to understand the functionality of the feature that they are clicking on. I have come up with a few small ideas where a button would have the text centred and the icons on top left corner small/medium sized but I am looking for more input or if there are any studies done for this?

Icons for mathematical concepts [on hold]

Question migrated to User Experience.

With the advent of mobile devices and small screens, symbols are very commonly used for abstract concepts. As I type this, the MathOverflow editor has symbols for bold font, links, code, lists etc. We are all also familiar with the common images used for bluetooth, wifi, and battery level indicators. Even my bank app uses symbols on buttons to represent concepts, such as transactions and savings.

We mathematicians have a long history of using symbols for abstract concepts, such as infinity, $ \infty$ the integers, $ \mathbb{Z}$ , summation and integration, which are internationally accepted.

It is not that difficult to come up with symbols for subfields of mathematics, such as calculus $ \int$ , logic (wikipedia uses $ \forall$ ), programming language concepts $ \lambda$ , and so on. Many more examples can be found on wikipedia. Even arxiv uses icons for platforms such as twitter, email, reddit, and mendeley.

However, there are some very common concepts that I have been thinking about for a while, which I would like to have good symbols for (immediately recognizable, or at least make sense), for concepts such as definition, conjecture (wikipedia uses a question-mark), theorem, example and proof.

This would be useful when designing web pages or math-related apps, that deals with research-level mathematics.

I have been looking around a bit, but it is not that easy to come up with interesting results.

I am perhaps asking several related questions:

  • What would be good symbols to use for definition theorem, proof and all our favorite LaTeX environments?

  • What are good examples of usage of icons for mathematical concepts? This is specifically for interfaces in books, text, and mainly online. Bourbaki’s dangerous bend symbol comes to mind as an example of such a symbol for a specific concept.

  • What should one for sure avoid / what would be bad usage of icons?

More motivation: Personally, I am working on an overview of symmetric functions, and I have been thinking hard on what type of symbol to use to represent the concepts “symmetric function”, “quasisymmetric function”, the concept “is a basis” etc, but I feel that is too specialized. One might wonder about the motivation, but when the list of functions grows to over 70 such functions (and I have not even started on the shifted symmetric functions, and the quasi-symmetric ones yet), it would be helpful to have some icons (with alt-text) rather than text to indicate properties. Also, it just looks great if done correctly.

Gnome Calendar and Contacts have generic Gnome application icons in the launcher

I just did a “minimal” install of Ubuntu Desktop 18.04 and everything’s working well for the most part.

However, after installing Gnome Calendar and Contacts, they only have generic Gnome application icons (looks like a purple diamond with a gear inside). Other apps I have installed, such as Evolution, correctly display their icons.

I assume I’m missing a set of icons or perhaps some part of a theme, but I’m not very familiar with how this works, so I’m not clear on what I need to install.

Thanks for any pointers.

Icons for mathematical concepts

With the advent of mobile devices and small screens, symbols are very commonly used for abstract concepts. As I type this, the MathOverflow editor has symbols for bold font, links, code, lists etc. We are all also familiar with the common images used for bluetooth, wifi, and battery level indicators. Even my bank app uses symbols on buttons to represent concepts, such as transactions and savings.

We mathematicians have a long history of using symbols for abstract concepts, such as infinity, $ \infty$ the integers, $ \mathbb{Z}$ , summation and integration, which are internationally accepted.

It is not that difficult to come up with symbols for subfields of mathematics, such as calculus $ \int$ , logic (wikipedia uses $ \forall$ ), programming language concepts $ \lambda$ , and so on. Many more examples can be found on wikipedia. Even arxiv uses icons for platforms such as twitter, email, reddit, and mendeley.

However, there are some very common concepts that I have been thinking about for a while, which I would like to have good symbols for (immediately recognizable, or at least make sense), for concepts such as definition, conjecture (wikipedia uses a question-mark), theorem, example and proof.

This would be useful when designing web pages or math-related apps, that deals with research-level mathematics.

I have been looking around a bit, but it is not that easy to come up with interesting results.

I am perhaps asking several related questions:

  • What would be good symbols to use for definition theorem, proof and all our favorite LaTeX environments?

  • What are good examples of usage of icons for mathematical concepts? This is specifically for interfaces in books, text, and mainly online. Bourbaki’s dangerous bend symbol comes to mind as an example of such a symbol for a specific concept.

  • What should one for sure avoid / what would be bad usage of icons?

More motivation: Personally, I am working on an overview of symmetric functions, and I have been thinking hard on what type of symbol to use to represent the concepts “symmetric function”, “quasisymmetric function”, the concept “is a basis” etc, but I feel that is too specialized. One might wonder about the motivation, but when the list of functions grows to over 70 such functions (and I have not even started on the shifted symmetric functions, and the quasi-symmetric ones yet), it would be helpful to have some icons (with alt-text) rather than text to indicate properties. Also, it just looks great if done correctly.

Can I apply one icons theme to the whole system and another to an individual application?

I would like to set Suru++ icons theme to the whole system, but I would like to set Numix icons theme to Inkscape.

At the moment, it is possible only to set GTK theme to an individual applications, by middle of GTK_THEME. (Can I apply a different GTK3 theme from the main one to an individual application?)

Mysterious apps with strange names and no Icons showing up on my iPhone

I was going through Settings app → Screen Time → Always Allowed, and noticed a couple of mysterious entries. I ssed the first ones, you can see them in the pictures, but there are more all throughout the list of apps.

Anybody else got something similar and/or knows what they may be?

I am using an iPhone X running iOS 12.2.

SQL Server Profiler – icons messed up

I’ve seen this problem for years, but I just installed SQL Server management tools on a new computer (Windows 10) and still see the problem.

After being in the background for a while, SQL Server Profiler (v17.9.1) seems to mess up its icons, like this:

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After restarting the program and the trace, they look normal:

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Is there any solution for this?