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I'm (desperately) looking for an icon to represent a Certification Authority, like the ones that sign X.509 certificates we use in secure e-commerce.

I need something which is concrete (not an abstract "idea" being depicted in a drawing) and conveys affordability, solidity, importance... I searched the Internet, finding stuff like this which is not impressive at all.

Well, I've seen somewhere a CA represented by a building which you can often see, mostly in the USA, for libraries, courthouses, and town halls. The 'front' of the building, endowed with columns and a typical triangular pediment, looks like the White House and recalls a Greek temple, somewhat.

I couldn't find a clip-art or icon of this kind of building, maybe because I search using the wrong keywords.

Can you help me?

EDIT: I'm searching for something like this, but less 'stylized' and less clip-artish.

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Even I don't think I would draw the line between "Greek looking building" and CA. Why not use something that looks like a certificate(fedoraproject.org/w/uploads/2/2e/…)? –  Ben Brocka Sep 23 '11 at 20:12
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The kind of building you're after is called a Capitol Building. Here's a clipart example: clipartguide.com/_pages/0511-0712-2617-2728.html –  PhillipW Sep 23 '11 at 20:34
    
@Ben Brocka: it's not for its greek-ness PhilipW: thanks –  gd1 Sep 23 '11 at 20:57
    
@gd1 still, it's not a common association, unless it's well known in your user base I would avoid it. Such a symbol makes me think "bank" or "wall street," CA wouldn't even be on my list. If anything it seems much more abstract than the certificate. –  Ben Brocka Sep 23 '11 at 21:09
    
@Ben: I think I'll put a certificate upon the building, in the upper-left corner or in the bottom-right one –  gd1 Sep 23 '11 at 21:10
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How about using a badge (police-style badge, I mean)? Recognizable and it implies authority and trust.

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good idea....... –  gd1 Sep 27 '11 at 6:26
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What is the purpose of the icon? Are you looking for a static logo or the icon on an active UI element (that can be clicked)?

For the UI element, the icon by itself will almost certainly be insufficient for recognition -- additional text is necessary either on the button itself or at least in a tooltip. Icon itself is almost irrelevant, as there is no established convention. Padlock, police badge, official building with columns, certificate/diploma with seal -- almost anything would work, as long as it's consistent with your other icons.

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