I am now finding some research to proof the argument below

"Comparing to Realistic icon, Simple icon can speed up user's recognition of the icon "

i found some argument with same point of view in NN/ Group article- Icon Usability

Keep the design simple and schematic. Reduce the amount of graphic details by focusing on the basic characteristics of the object rather than creating a highly realistic image in order to speed up recognition. (Intricate details are difficult to distinguish at smaller sizes.)

However, i can't find any strong research evidence behind this article, is there any strong research evidence could proof this argument?


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I have not done any tests on this, but I can make an assumption the more detailed the icon is, the harder it is to distinguish (As mentioned) and the more a user needs to remember to recognize—there is more detail to be rendered by the user. There's also many simple icons that are universally accepted and recognizable.

The following article has a link to a research paper that goes into detail about humans being able to recognize images that were abstract. It also goes into using icons + words. If you have space for words to go along with the icons, then that would be best.

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