Something to BRAGG About
Combining a love of aesthetics, design thinking and the modern user interface, I have created a new set of project status reporting icons, free for you to use. They are composed of clean lines and corners, flat appearance, and crisp uniform colours.
The icons fall into two categories – the dimensions of a project and the potential status of each dimension.
The dimensions include – scope of the endeavour, financial / budgetary position, schedule, team and quality. I am open to suggestions for further dimensions that have broad appeal.
As the article title suggests, the traditional red, amber, and green (RAG) states have been extended to include a further two states that are increasingly common in project reporting. These are blue to denote completed activities, and grey to represent an unknown state.
The status icons have been authored to be linguistically and culturally agnostic, to maintain global relevance and appeal. Each icon has several ‘hints’ to their meaning encompassing shape, colour and symbol. The use of multiple ‘hints’ also compensates for physical impediments such as colour blindness.
A copy of the status icon masters, in PNG format can be downloaded from here https://db.tt/2rQVVp0i. The file includes GIF based versions of the same icons with transparent backgrounds ready for mmediate use. A sample ‘best-practice’ Microsoft Word project status report template can also be download from here https://db.tt/oADNfQt2. This showcases the dimension and status icons in all their glory.
For those interested in the detail of the icons, here is the rationale:
|Blue||Square||Tick mark||Activity complete with no further work required|
|Red||Octagon||Halt hand||Compromised deliverable requiring intervention|
|Amber||Triangle||Exclamation mark||At risk and in need of monitoring and mitigation planning|
|Green||Circle||Thumbs up||On track and performing well|
|Grey||Pentagon||Question mark||Unknown status needing clarification|
If you are interested in the dimension icons – these were created using Syncfusion’s Metro Studio 2 which can be downloaded for free from the website www.syncfusion.com
I hope you find these resources valuable and would welcome your feedback and suggestions for improvements.
I have always been fascinated by aesthetics and the natural elegance to good design. In recent years Design Thinking has emerged as a valuable perspective in this regard. For me, the benchmark remains the London Underground ‘Tube’ map at the turn of the last century. In this Harry Beck focused on the user experience and goals, challenging and transforming conventional approaches.
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