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Document and Standardize Visual Interface Elements Across Platforms...

At present, various software development guidelines offer little or no instruction for creating an artistically integrated user environment. Instead, they rely on the built-in elements of the interface and advise programmers: `hire a professional artist to design your graphical features.' Research on the way people process visual information is conducted in multiple fields, including Art, Medicine, and Psychology. Someone needs to compile this knowledge into guidelines that can be used by working artists and programmers designing GUI software for every platform. Imagine the trouble developers must face today when they attempt to port a program from one operating system to another. Because each operating system is based on entirely different graphical standards, there is little common ground and designers are forced to either compromise their original program or spend long hours recreating the features of one operating system in another. Consider the benefits for users and programmers alike if we could have standardized icons across GUI's...

Figure 4: Variations on the international 'I' for Information Icon




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