This is my first time posting here.
The company I work for uses A LOT of icons (100+) in every color to specify the meaning of a specific table row. See the image below for clarification:
I've been redesigning the UI because it was getting dated. One of the things I struggle with is what I should do with all these icons. They are very important to existing users, because they can see with just one quick glance what the meaning of the specific row or action is. However, I feel like for new users, it is quite a steep learning curve to learn the meaning of 100+ icons (but just how bad is that?). Also, if I chose to design new icons, I pretty much have to use all the colors again (I don't have anything against color, I just don't want to introduce every single color in the new UI). Just look at a fraction of our 'icon legend':
A clipboard in 20 different variations...
In the new UI, I focus on just implementing a few colors for simplicity and a minimalist design. So I am not sure if it is a good idea to design a new 100+ icon pack with every color of the rainbow as that might have a negative impact on the UI & UX. This is an image of the exact same screen in the new design:
I am looking for suggestions, alternatives and solutions to this specific UX proplem. Are there maybe well known companies that have a similar situation? I'd love to hear about them aswell.