As part of a larger harmonization project across the various business areas that Siemens Healthineers are involved in, the task was to create an icon framework with a unified style and its own metaphoric system. Specific tasks such as color selection or established metaphors in medicine technology were involved and further developed.
OOur work encompassed the further development of the icon style, the redesign of existing icons, and the expansion of the icon collection by establishing new metaphors. Another part of the project was conceptual work on an icon database and the icon library to coordinate and simplify icon management.
Up to now, over 1.000 icons have been developed within the icon framework. Working with the central department for UX and design at Siemens Healthineers, an effective design process was developed, and the icon design itself. At the same time, the style guide was also expanded and refined. We created wireframes as the foundations of the internal icon library, the central starting point for any icon. The newly developed icons stand out with a clear, two-dimensional, and geometric style that is monochrome, highly specialized, and easy to understand. Established metaphors were applied across various areas of business and products, allowing a simple exchange between systems and, therefore, the fast learning of new applications.
For the icon framework, we worked closely with the central UX and design department at Siemens Healthineers, PLM-UX, and specialist departments or business lines. We developed suitable metaphors for challenging, specific application contexts through joint workshops and intensive induction into specialist medical departments. Together, we came up with an internal process that optimally synchronized PLM-UX, designers, and application specialists from Business Lines. But our project didn’t end with the icon design: we will continue to support PLM-UX in developing new icons and the icon framework.
In October 2017, the Siemens Healthineers UX Icon Framework was awarded the Red Dot Award 2017: Communication Design in User Interface Design, Icon Design. The international Red Dot Award is a seal that recognizes impressive and high-quality design. A total of 8,051 projects were put forward in 2017.
At Siemens Healthineers, we want to make healthcare providers succeed in an ever-changing healthcare industry – by helping them deliver better outcomes at lower costs. This purpose drives our focus: to lead the transformation of healthcare together with the ones delivering it. Being a leading global healthcare company, we at Siemens Healthineers are continuously developing our portfolio, from medical imaging and laboratory diagnostics to adding managed services, consulting, and healthcare IT services – as well as further technologies for therapeutic and molecular diagnostics.
Jonas Vollmer, Director User Experience Design, Siemens Healthineers
"Ergosign significantly contributed to Siemens Healthineers now having a unique, prize-winning icon framework. Ergosign team’s spirit was always good. Thank you, Ergosign, for this great collaboration!"