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Despite my continuing belief in the importance of symbols, I must point out that they are not a panacea and have some inherent limitations, especially if poorly designed, but even when well-designed.

So when selecting or designing symbols, it is equally important to know their shortcomings, and that you Don’t Use Symbols When…

Author: Peter Sheerin

Peter Sheerin is best known for the decade he spent as the Technical Editor of CADENCE magazine, where he was the acknowledged expert in Computer-Aided Design hardware and software. He has a long-standing passion for improving usability of software, hardware, and everyday objects that is always interwoven in his articles. Peter is available for freelance technical writing and product reviews, and is exploring career opportunities in interaction design. His pet personal project is exploring the best ways to harmonize visual, tactile, and audible symbols for improving the effectiveness of alerting systems.

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