(85) Icons to show severity of side effects

Download original images
Download PDF of design specifications, testing methods, and results.

This set of icons is designed to be embedded within larger tables of risk information to draw attention to differences in severity among the set of risks shown.

What’s special about this image?

These severity icons use a total of 5 different visual cues to show increased severity: color, vertical height, horizontal width, area, and label. They also build on an established cognitive schema: the “signal strength bars” we often encounter with cell phones.

These icons tested particularly well in helping people recognize which of two side effects is most severe.
  • My goal
  • Classifying risks
  • Details or gist?
  • Gist understanding
  • Data I have
  • Risk estimate
  • Health conditions
  • Treatment choice
  • Side effects
  • Graphic type
  • Color gradient
  • Icons