I’m currently working on a project to upgrade the mobile version of Wharton Computing’s student portal. As we searched for ideas, my colleague Erin stumbled across the Van Pelt Library’s new mobile site.
Like us, the library hasn’t yet gone native (though we are planning a app store adventure in the near future). Instead, they stuck with the web but incorporated iPhone-like icons.
Take a close look at the Video Search icon. Although the cat is meant to represent VCat (Penn Library Video Catalog), it doubles as a brilliant acknowledgment that online videos are synonymous with cute kitties.
I love it, and I love the underlying sense of fun. Stay crazy, you library icon designers!