Posted by: Jivani Lisa | May 24, 2013

Icons In or Out?

At work, our computer uses one of my favorite standard desktop background photos:  Tropical ocean with palm-tree-dotted islet and white sailboat.  I like to close out whatever windows were open and just stare at the photo as a kind of Micro-Vacation.

We only have six desktop icons.  They’re all lined up vertically on the left-hand side of the screen.  I like to push them all the way to the left so they’re only partially visible on the screen – thereby maximizing my view of the ocean scene.  One of my co-workers likes to line them up directly over the sailboat on the left side of the photo.

Over the course of a couple weeks, I moved them waaaay over to the left each morning – only to find them back lined up over the sailboat when I came in the next day.

I finally mentioned it to my co-worker as a kind of joke; I told her I was trying to get the icons out of the way so I could enjoy the unobstructed photo.  She responded by explaining her preference of making the icons part of the photo.

Ah!  I never would’ve thought of it that way!  What a good lesson in inclusiveness.

The icons are in.


  1. Let icons be icons.

    On Fri, May 24, 2013 at 9:08 PM, John and Lisa’s Blue Skies Blog – Soaring

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