Included in the SAP R/3 design language were
more than 1600 icons.
The core color palette
is user adjustable and can change according to the time of day.
The application titling
area provides customer branding opportunities.
SAP is the world's largest inter-enterprise software company and
the world's third-largest independent software supplier overall,
with nearly 22,000 employees in over fifty countries. We were contracted
originally to do only a simple set of icons and splash screen work
for R/3, SAP's main product, an enterprise system software from
which a large corporation can run its business. The project grew
to include the redesign of all known C++ components and controls.
Soon after, the project grew larger to include mySAP.com and SAP.com.
Many industries with manufacturing needs use R/3
but the software itself, with over 50,000 individual screens, countless
widgets for building tables and entering data, along with hundreds
of mystifying icons often invented by developers on the fly
needed to be more accessible.
The rippling water animation supports the
"Zen" design theme. It also brings the softness of nature
to a traditionally impersonal item such as business productivity
This massive UI design job required the creation of a new visual
language to guide SAP's nearly 3000 developers in their effort to
create the screens and icons. Developers at frog wrote manuals for
SAP on how to implement any further graphic changes, while the frog
design team put together the "design implementation cookbook" for
R/3 to assist in any future development projects.
Through 3-dimensional rendering,
animation and sound, key controls in the interface inherit analog
The design system created for SAP R/3 is used by all SAP applications.
It is infinitely scalable and is usable in all countries and languages.
The presence of these traits help unify the SAP software brand worldwide.
The application titling area clearly states
the nature of the screen.