25 July 2015

Simulacra that are not longer applicable

Technology has replaced a lot of the ways we do things. Icons are a common representation of things in the real world, which no longer apply to modern technology, yet we don't yet have better ideas for what they represent, so we've kept them.

  • A floppy disk icon for saving something - most prevalent in Office applications
  • A symbol of a telephone for the dialler app on mobiles
  • Encyclopedias - Wikipedia is now a digital encyclopedia rather than tens of volumes