My continued campaign against icon-only UI's
Q: What happens when you opt for icons ONLY on an interface so you can save on translation costs?A: You get a completely unintelligible user interface.
Case in point: European vs. American home appliances
American: uses WORDS to say what happens
European: uses these icons with NO words.
I can personally attest to the confusion of having these icons on appliances when we lived in Europe. A constant source of frustration.
“What’s that ‘P’ with the lines around it mean?” “The BIG ‘P’ or the little ‘P’?” “Is there a difference?” “I don’t know” “Neither do I”