I'm facing an impasse with a colleague of mine regarding the usage of native iOS / Android icons on one of the apps we are currently building. This very app offers the users the possibility of finding fuel prices around their areas.
When users find a fuel station on the map (Apple Maps for the iOS version, Google Maps for Android version), they are offered with the following UI:
The button with the car icon is taking the user to Apple / Google maps and opening up the route to that fuel station.
The problem itself is that i've heard feedback from people that were not involved in the development (and thus don't know how to use the app - yet) saying that the car icon doesn't make it clear that by clicking on it one will be redirected to Apple / Google maps.
So i've searched for a new icon on google and requested feedback to the same people - which agreed that it was already better than the car icon (please don't mind the low res, i'm not a designer and this is just a quick mockup):
But the problem is: the project architect still believes the car is better because users are "used to it", since it's the icon present on Apple Maps / Google Maps. No matter how many people agreed that the second option was better, he just kept claiming that we must always follow the same iconography provided by the manufacturer of the current device / OS and avoid making users "learn" new icons.
So, my questions are:
- Should i really try to always use icons that look like the ones in the guidelines ?
- Am i and everyone that agreed that the car icon doesn't make sense wrong?
- Are there any useful books / articles on iconography for apps out there that i can take a look at ?
- Is the second option better in this case ?