Icon redesign for the VF Series

ClientAlbert Handtmann Holding GmbH & Co. KG

IndustryFilling & portioning systems

CompletionOctober 2019

ServiceIcon design

BUSSE Design+Engineering supported Handtmann in redesigning the icons for the VF series. After the conception phase, and selection of a design direction, the roll-out followed on over 850 individual icons in 8-bit bitmap format.

Handtmann is the world market leader for vacuum fillers and portioning systems, a machine platform that is used in the meat industry, dairies and in the production of other foodstuffs.

As the operating concept and existing visual design remained unaffected by the revision, the initial situation was as follows: For the operation of the HMI of the VF user interface there are about 850 specific icons. The aim of the icon creation was to visually standardize the icons with a transition to a new design style.

At the beginning of the project, various icon concepts were developed and presented to Handtmann. The requirements of the hardware and the programming were already considered. It was therefore important, for example, that the icons were clearly visible on different backgrounds and could be output as BMP files with 8-bit.

After selecting and deepening a design concept, about 50 icons were designed and, as so-called icon building blocks, formed the basis for all other icons in the software. Characteristic features were defined and frequently occurring elements such as sausage symbols, bowls, machine displays, arrows and texts were specified. After these icon blocks were adopted, the roll-out to all remaining icons followed. In order to maintain an overview with this large amount of data, the icons were divided into smaller work packages, edited and coordinated together with Handtmann.

Creating icons for the VF series on this scale was an exciting task for BUSSE Design+Engineering. We are pleased that the icons could be successfully implemented in the software of the VF Series and were presented to the visitors of this year’s IFFA, the leading trade fair for the meat industry, as part of Handtmann’s trade fair presentation.


Oliver Skrabl
Project manager UI / UX
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