a new computer graphics algorithm that is able to automatically generate visually distinctive icons (“VisualIDs”). it aims to add "scenery" (distinctive visual appearance) to desktop icons in order to fully exploit the visual & spatial abilities of humans while searching for files.
experiments show significantly improved speeds in a simulated file-finding task after only a few minutes of use, & with no training. this approach is based on the believe that the filename represents the meaning of the file to the user, & thus objects with similar (file)names should have similar visual identifiers.
see also visual brand recognition & comparitive icon study.