Accordingly, I chose the pointing fingers as icons for my ‘Next’ and ‘Back’ icons. However, when it came to creating icons for other buttons such as Home, Menu etc., I was in two minds.
First Attempt at Creating an Icon for Home Button
I did not know whether to use the different hand formations as my icons or choose some other symbols. I first tried the hand formations. For example, an upward pointing finger became my home icon. Now I believe that an icon should convey meaning, or rather provide hints, instantly without putting much strain on the viewer. My home icon was not doing this. A finger pointing up was hinting towards a direction rather than a home page. I, therefore, ditched using hand formations as symbols and made use of other symbols.
The only time the hand formations appear as icons are for the Submit and the Notes buttons. I used the upwards pointing finger as an icon for the Submit button. The reason was that when you submit something in a virtual world, you are actually giving it to someone who is a kind of higher authority. In the real world too, when you submit something, say your answer paper, there is this brief upward action that your hand performs.
When it came down to creating the enclosure for my buttons, I will confess that I tried combining different shapes. After trial and error, I settled for a line and an arc. A dash of grey colour and a shadow effect completed the enclosure.