Although we shouldn’t have to, file size is something we all have to deal with on a regular basis – when using the computer that is. Especially now that rich media is so accessible – videos, audio, and pictures – all of which can quickly clog your inbox if you’re not careful.
So I thought today, why not have icons that show how big your file is by the size of the icon itself? So if you have a big file – like a movie – the icon would be really big. If the file was small, like a Word document, the icon would be smaller.
Average users have no concept of file size. They don’t need to and nothing helps them learn. What is 2,000Kb? Is that big? Is that small? Who knows…well, the nerds know, but most people don’t know, don’t care, and won’t learn even when you tell them. So make it easier for people.
Then within applications, such as e-mail clients, the attachment feature could provide you with limits using a visual clue. Say there is a box that is a certain size and that’s where you drag your attachment file – but the icon must fit inside the box. If your icon is too big for the box, then the file is too big to attach…or something like that – you get the idea.
With all the new “user friendly” things computers are trying these days, this seems like a simple idea that would be very effective.