Why Redesigning the Save Icon is Important

The floppy disk has served as the representation of the save icon for decades. It’s widely accepted as a standard and well recognized. It is also a bad icon that we shouldn’t shy away from changing.

About a week ago, I started a Branch discussion on redesigning the Save icon. I never saw the Branch as the actual place where the icon would literally be designed, but I thought it would be a good hub for conversation. To my amazement, the thread took off and grew far beyond the bounds of that single discussion. As the days went by I found the meta-discussion more interesting than the discussion itself. A significant amount of people considered the exercise a waste of time for one pervasive reason. The icon, albeit antiquated, had become the de-facto for save and had transitioned into an abstract symbol. People know what it is, so why waste our time making something new? Continue reading “Why Redesigning the Save Icon is Important”