A Better Save Icon

Seth Coelen
3 min readDec 16, 2015
Dripicons by Amit Jakhu

The floppy disk is a prime example of short-sighted iconography. Kids these days don’t even know what a floppy disk is. It’s time to update this icon to something more timeless.

Admittedly, this is a tough one. I mean, if there were a better icon, it would have already taken it’s place by now, right?

Well heck, it’s almost 2016 and it’s time to come up with something better. Below are some ideas I’ve seen floating around, plus a few of my own.

Piggy Bank by Ricardo Moreira

Piggy Bank? — Although this connotes the idea of “saving” It doesn’t seem quite right.

Download by Vivian Lai

Down arrow? — This communicates download to me. Every time.

Heart by by Michał Czekała

Heart? — At best this implies saving something as a favorite.

Life Saver by Kristen Gee

Life Saver? — Perhaps, but I don’t see this catching on as it might be harder to distinguish at smaller sizes.

Lock / Unlock by Andy Fuchs & Sergey Novosyolov, respectively

Unlock / Lock? — My issue with this one is that it more-so implies secure / unsecure, or permission access.

Cloud by Kirill Ulitin

Cloud Indicators? — As everything starts to live “in the cloud” this might make for a more timeless identifier.

I handcrafted these. from the ground up.

Buttons? — Maybe I’m overthinking this and the best way to communicate “Save” might just be with the word itself.

Bluetooth & Wifi by Pham Linh & Philip Glenn, respectively

Something Arbitrary? — How did power, bluetooth, and wifi become synonymous with these symbols? Maybe the save icon could grab some random goodness of it’s own?

Unfortunately, I don’t have the perfect answer. But hopefully some smart people will read this and come up with a better solution.

If you have an idea, feel free to comment below, or hit me up on Twitter. I’ll be glad to do a follow up post based on the feedback I get.

Here’s to a #BetterSaveIcon for 2016.

All the best,