The Floppy Disk Must Die

My wife works as a primary school teacher and, as such, has to make sure kids are learning how to use computers and software, and are able to grasp the basics of the internet etc.

She pointed out something the other day which should have been obvious, but I honestly don’t think I had considered it before.

When explaining how to save their work, she directed the class to use the picture of the floppy disk (that little icon in Word that we all know and love).  The response? “Whats a floppy disk? You mean the thing that looks like an old Nintendo?”

It struck me as odd that software, of all things, should be so stuck in the past. The floppy disk is meaningless to the current generation.

Icons should convey meaning; the save button, used in many of todays applications, conveyes next to none! Surely, now more than ever, it’s time for the floppy disk to die!