2g. Voting on Newly Designed Symbols
Updated by Global Symbols with UNICEF ECARO
This is a very important part of the process as stakeholders may have different views about the look and feel of symbols.
- Voting can be paper-based at an AAC Forum meeting or online using a system on the Global Symbols website that gathers the scores creates a downloadable spreadsheet of results. Both voting systems require some training and the success of the session can benefit from a short feedback questionnaire.
- Symbols are voted on in batches of up to 30 at a time, drawn from a draft set uploaded to Global Symbols.
- AAC users may use suitable online signs in a grid to vote or gestures in face-to-face situations.
Other AAC Forum participants can use levels of acceptance for 4 criteria based on a scale of 1-5. The criteria are:
- Feelings about the symbol as a whole (immediate reaction, iconicity, transparency, ease of recognition)
- Represents the word or phrase (referent/concept)
- Color contrast (outline and colours used for clarity and visually impaired)
- Cultural sensitivity (appropriate and relevant)
Where symbols fall below the set acceptance level (e.g. 3.5) symbols can be returned for redesign and resubmitted with the next batch of symbols