[Undisclosed Client, link], one of the world’s largest companies dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in [undisclosed city], [Client] employs about 21,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.
The software branch of [Client], [Branch Name], needed front-end graphics developed for the overhaul of its automation and control software. This included the design of more than 300 unique, scalable, symbolic icons, divided into two libraries (Buttons & Status Symbols, Electrical Symbols).
From a 10,000 foot view, the main challenge was to maintain a consistent look and feel over the entire Buttons & Status Symbols library. To accomplish this, I constrained the color palette to just six colors, reused stylistic elements such as rounded corners and stroke sizes, and strived to balance the weight of each icon.
As in the case of the checkmark, a library-wide convention had to be established to replace four or more old symbols with essentially the same meanings ("select", "pick" and "choose").
All icons have a white, light color (blue), dark color (red), and full-color version. This meant color alone could not be the distinguishing feature between any two icons!
Readability, especially at small sizes, was an ongoing challenge - what good is an icon you can't read?!
Some symbols and colors have established recognition in the industry. These were implemented with minimal alterations to avoid potential confusion. Other existing symbols were wracked with inconsistencies, had multiple meanings, or were just plain confusing. Therefore, creating new, intuitive symbols was a balancing act between established knowledge, readability, consistency and interpretation.