For my concept I have a task bar that has 3 functions.
‘Save’ ‘Load Preset’ and ‘Help’.
Save and Help both have simple icons that don’t require text. Which is great, because I would like to leave as much room as possible for the images and many, many items of clothing. The ‘load preset’ icon has gotten me into some trouble however.
These are the icons I’ve tried so far:
All the feedback I got was mostly negative about these options. The first was perceived to be a filter button. The second was confused for a link to the games section. The third was confused for a link to the closet or maybe even to remove all clothing.
What would be a better, less confusing way to picture ‘Load Preset’ or ‘Presets’?
The concept is of the ‘dress up doll’ kind. Save let’s you either publish or save as a preset. Load presets will let you load a previous look you’ve created into a preset. Help gives you a small explanation screen. There are some filters and sort buttons too but they are not in direct contact with the task bar. Other features on the site include an inventory and a closet as well as shops and games.
Given the specific nature of the presets you’re working with, I’d suggest reconceptualising them from the top, and using that new concept to derive the icon – I’m talking about your switching your thinking from “preset” to “outfit” or “costume” or “ensemble”… take the concept you mentioned of the closet, and use that to your advantage: you’ve a general “closet” for individual clothing items, and an “ensemble closet” for presets – for outfits.
Iconography could be of top on hanger, bottom on hanger and shoes all together with a direction arrow for out from closet and into closet…