Milestones icon

usability
usertesting

#1

We’re having a debate at work over which icon to use to represent a life milestone, to be displayed on an online obituary.

I created a 2 surveys that I circulated internally and externally to my network and the results showed a clear winner - champagne flutes… but there is still an ongoing debate even though the users have spoken.

I’m looking for additional feedback and suggestions.

https://goo.gl/forms/nuSPuBolPxHUgX6L2

Thanks!


#2

Interesting dilemma!

Can I make a suggestion? Remove from your post the winner so you don’t bias the responses that you get from us.

That said, I’ve just completed the survey. I chose the only option that to me signifies across-the-board celebration, whereas the others either signify a specific event or they are ambiguous.

p.s. Welcome! Glad you’re here.


#3

@HAWK That’s a great suggestion! I’ll give that a try! Thank you :slight_smile: and glad to be here!


#4

Personally, I’m a fan of the flag-- it’s the simplest of the lot, and easiest to digest at-a-glance.

With that in mind, I think you’re going to run into an age-old problem with your icon selection-- only a very, very small amount of icons are so ubiquitous that they are easily recognizable by a wide variety of people. Unfortunately, there really isn’t a generally recognizable icon for the concept of milestones. Whatever you choose, you’re going to have disagreement, and labeling the icon will be a necessity. In that respect, I don’t think prolonging the debate is going to do anyone any good. You’re just going to end up in the same position no matter what you do.


#5

Thanks @dougcollins, I agree! No need to reinvent the wheel here, the flag is consistent and Facebook uses the flag icon for their milestones feature as well. 'm sure they went through this same problem.


#6

It’s a really common problem with icon creation. If you spend any time here on the forums, you’ll get bored with me banging this drum. I apologize in advance :slight_smile: