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I'd like to create icons for the endpoints of a process, but I'm not sure what to use.

Going with "A" and "B" comes to mind as that's a familiar reference (e.g. "the shortest distance from A to B") but I would prefer to leave that as a last resort.

Any good alternatives out there?

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If your talking about a process, you might also consider borrowing from BPMN

Minimal process that strarts and ends

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This works great! Adding an English link as well: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Process_Model_and_Notation –  Samuel Hulick Nov 22 '11 at 20:58

The following type of symbols often work quite adequately for beginning and end of a process.

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For end point, the black and white blocked flag as seen in in motorsports comes to mind. I think most users will associate it with "finish".

Beginning point is a little harder. How about a green traffic light or a green flag?

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(This is how TomTom shows start and end point in thei navigation app)

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In my mind, this flags are associated with an itinerary. –  rds Nov 22 '11 at 10:54
    
A car race does not have a real itinerary either. In fact, start and finish are physically on the exact same place. In my mind, I see it as "start of race" and "end of race", in other words, a moment in time rather than a place. –  Bart Gijssens Nov 22 '11 at 10:57

You could use Alpha and Omega symbols.

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You should raise your concerns about this site's UX in a separate thread on Meta. –  jensgram Nov 22 '11 at 7:47
    
Has already been done. Suggestion is to use a workaround: add HTML comment. Which also sucks. –  Bart Gijssens Nov 22 '11 at 8:12
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@snufflemuffin In the context of answering this question - can we just leave it that perhaps you could use Alpha and Omega symbols? ;-) –  Roger Attrill Nov 22 '11 at 8:59
    
would people recognize the alpha and omega symbols? –  Christofian Nov 23 '11 at 18:45
    
Alpha and Omega are awesome symbols with great meaning...but I doubt many typical English users would recognize them. They'd be awesome icons for a God of War game, however. –  Ben Brocka Nov 23 '11 at 22:12

How about either of these? enter image description here

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