In many ways this question is a sequel to many of the others
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I have asked on this forum. Consider the image shown below
The actual retailer logos shown here are only by way of illustration.
One of the capabilities in my application is to display a list of retailer who currently have offers. In this list I would like to use retailer logos since users tend to associate strongly with logos for their preferred brands.
However, this results in a problem - the list layout with the dropdown button on the right hand side of each item is, in my view, easy to scan and the dropdown button strongly suggests that clicking on the logo will reveal further information. BUT the list layout devalues square logos in favor of linear (i.e. with a more pronounced horizontal dimention) ones. You will see what I mean in the image below - it looks like I am emphasizing Supervalu to the detriment of Hannaford and Shoprite.
Forcing the logos down to an "icon" would have the opposite effect - it would devalue the "linear" logos and make them appear "less important/interesting".
I have considered using tiled images and allowing them to keep their natural dimensions - though this is not strictly true since I would still be limiting the width of each tile. Even if there were a way not to do this I feel that tiles loose the clarity, interactivity and scannability provided by a list. They do not trigger
- If I scroll down I might see my favorite retailer, "zzzzOOOM" OR
- "Superbucks"? Let me click on that arrow and see what these guys do
apart from which I feel that a list should appear as a list rather than attempting to disguise itself as a tile, a cloud or anything else since any disguise is bound to devalue its utility.
These are my initial thoughts and I might well be wrong - I am not really a UX guy - so I am hoping that I will get some useful insights from others here.