I was wondering if there exist any user research regarding using a more generic icon set (e.g. "Create", "Delete" icons) compared to utilizing specific icons for each object ("Create X", "Delete X" icons)?
My current worry with the last alternative would e.g. be:
- Dealing with a lot of objects (which is the case with the applications I'm working with, quite complex information hierarchy) the iconset would grow exponentially
- Might be hard to keep track which icons to use in which context when implementing it...
However I don't know there are any other specific pros/cons related to the two options, or even better if there exist any user research around this topic. Input is most appreciated!