Mcknight, Lorna and Read, Janet C.
Designing the ‘record’ button: Using children’s understanding of icons to inform the design of a musical interface.
In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '09), Como, Italy.
While standard icons often exist for common tasks, it can be difficult to design meaningful icons for non-standard tasks. Following a desire to build a music application that does not rely on text, this paper explores suitable iconic representations for a ‘record music’ function on a mobile device. A study was carried out with primary school children (aged 8-10) to explore their current understanding of icons and elicit their requirements. It was seen that they were familiar with common icons, but that audio recording remains a difficult concept to represent in iconic fashion.