Floppy Disks and Saving

Connor (Tomas) O’Brien writes a defense of the floppy disk save symbol.

If we’re picking on the floppy-save symbol, we may as well take a look at other symbols to see whether they’re similarly ‘anachronistic’. When we see a stylised depiction of a cog in an interface, we immediately recognise that it stands for “settings”, even though few of us have cranked any heavy cog-based machinery recently. Similarly, I suspect few of us use magnifying glasses to search for physical objects, but in a digital interface, we understand that a magnifying glass stands for “search”. Both the cog and the magnifying glass are fantastic symbols not because we are necessarily intimately familiar with the items they represent, but because they are simple and unmistakable.

I agree 100%.

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