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The RDS logo is only superficially similar. In my opinion ZincAlloy's design is clearly not a copy or based on the RDS logo.
One option is to just have an icon for stereo that fades for mono (so that you see the faded version when you don't have stereo) so it appears more of a yes/no status than switching between two different things - that way you aren't trying to figure out what the "mono" icon means when you don't have stereo at all - you see instead a faded stereo icon which provides context by being faded relative to the other icons.
or well-known symbols for sound channels such as the box.
Icons shouldn't really be used unless it's completely self-explanatory and if I saw it alternating between one ring and two rings as I scanned through the frequencies I probably wouldn't have any clue what it meant.
Quote from: Llorean on May 28, 2010, 03:27:13 PMIcons shouldn't really be used unless it's completely self-explanatory and if I saw it alternating between one ring and two rings as I scanned through the frequencies I probably wouldn't have any clue what it meant.I don't really get that. Icons represent a thing, they don't necessarily describe it. Is the standard 'play' icon obvious to someone who has never seen it before?
How well understood is that imagery? I agree with Llorean that the dim/hollow image helps to make it somewhat clearer; perhaps that could be combined with the mono/stereo symbols I described above; have the channel box visible at all times, and light up each dot as necessary. This even allows for having no channels lit when there's no signal.EDIT: e.g.:Either the top or bottom rows depending on which conveys the information more clearly; from left to right (though I feel their strength is in this hopefully already being obvious) no channels (when radio is untuned), one channel (mono), two channels (stereo).
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