We're about to publish a free, open source plugin that translates the WordPress admin UI into the users language. This plugin will be freely available in the official wp.org plugin repository. Now we need a header (actually two: one for retina capable devices and one for normal displays) - in the size of 1544x500px/772x250px - that explains what the plugin does.
I agree that my first 10-minute draft is a bit racist (by accident). Actually 110% of all people told me that it's funny, but racist. So we have agreed that two things are no good idea:
- Flags (too generic - every plugin uses this), as those don't communicate the specific use case
- People with stereotype characteristics
This was my first draft (will not be taken).
This a screenshot from the plugin in action.
As I've read in the comments, the question seems to not be completely clear. I'm aware of the fact that this question is half design, half user experience.
(Original Question) I'm searching for better ideas that communicate the idea of "User specific Interface (language)".
The above question can be extended with: "No user should have his first bad experience when looking at the banner".
I understand that some people suggest flags or alphabets. Currently we went with alphabet, but the question is still open.
Short explanation: "Flags" represent countries, which languages don't do. The same goes for "Alphabets" (or character sets). I, for example, am an Austrian citizen. My mother tongue is "German", but a variation of it (like "Letzeburgisch" in Luxembourg or "Swiss German" in Switzerland). If someone would tell me that a German flag represents my language, I'd be alienated, as Germany is not my country. Then there're minorities in every country, like Burgenland-Croatian, Romani, Hungarian, etc. And with character sets it's the same. Nearly every western language shares the same set.