I've been wondering about this for some time, are there any libraries or resources online that show what connotations are attached to any given design element from a cultural perspective?
I am aware that connotations are used primarily with text, not visual elements. However I use it because it is "the subjective cultural or emotional association of...". The subjective cultural part is what I am interested in. I am looking for research/information on the different views on common website design elements in different cultures.
Let's take the swastika as an example, if I were to use fields/colors in such a way that the website layout or design might represent a swastika this would cause very different reactions from the viewers of different cultures. Most westerners would of course think of horrible things, but the symbol has in the past been used all over the world in association with plenty of good things, if my memory serves it is used as a symbol for temples in some Asian regions.
Obviously that is a very extreme example, I am thinking someone must have applied semantic differential to regularly featured design elements of websites, right? How would a circular website design be perceived in any given culture? Maybe a TopDown, RightToLeft and LeftToRight culture would view a circular design the same?
In the case of circular design my question would be "What is the connotation of circular design in any given culture?"
Examples of common elements I am interested in are: - Popup boxes - Colors - Menus - Responsive design - Headers
I hope all this made some sense. Let me know if I can clarify anything.