Have you noticed that the default Save icon in almost every single application out there is an image of a 3.5″ floppy disk? When was the last time you have used a floppy? Do you even own any floppy disks? Does your computer even have a floppy drive?
Most of the kids born in the last 4-5 years probably won’t ever see a working floppy drive. Maybe their computer science teacher will bring a floppy to class to show them the archaic storage devices. Or maybe they will find a stack of dusty, demagnetized disks in grandpa’s cupboard. That will be their whole experience with that technology…
So as the floppy becomes more and more obsolete by the year, is it’s symbolic relevance also fading? It used to be a very literal symbol of “write to disk” but that’s no longer the case. No one saves to floppies anymore. Do you think the new generations will phase out this symbol and replace it with something more relevant? Or will they keep it, treating it as a more or less intrinsically meaningless abstract glyph akin to the RSS symbol?
Note: This topic was
shamelessly stolen from inspired by Ubuntu Blog. Carthik should get the credit for making me think about this.
[tags]save, save ico, floppy, floppy disk[/tags]