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Think admin panels.

I am using an icon with 2 persons (like this) to indicate the "user management" section of an app I'm developing.

However, client has asked me to enable group creation (as in being able to group users together in arbitrary groups) but I've no idea what icon I should use, since that icon I've just shown would be ideal for it but then what would I use for "users"?

I thought perhaps a composition could work but... well, any suggestions on how to represent users and groups of users at the same time?

P.S.: oh yeah, that icon is from fatcow hosting set.

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closed as off topic by Benny Skogberg, JonW Sep 24 '12 at 9:26

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Conventionally it's three people for a user group icon. –  Ian Sep 23 '12 at 14:10
    
Hi. I'm afraid that as per our FAQ icon request questions are off topic for this site. There is no correct answer to this type of question. This has been discussed on our meta site in the past so should give you an indication as to why, and what you can do to ask more relevant UX topics here. –  JonW Sep 24 '12 at 9:26
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Why not use a single-person icon for user and the two-person icon for group?

user user.png

group group.png

Depending how groups function within the application, you could use a folder icon to represent groups. This is how Microsoft sometimes chooses to present groups (e.g., think Active Directory).

folder_user folder_user.png

There's also a three-person icon in that set that could be used for group management:

reseller_programm reseller_programm.png

In all cases, I would recommend using the single-person icon for users to make it distinct from the [new] concept of groups.

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'Folder user' is PERFECT. Better conceptual representation than "groups", and crystal clear to boot! –  Fresheyeball Sep 23 '12 at 19:07
    
With the folder_user I would rather think it's my personal folder. Though in the context, it might be perfectly clear it has something to do with groups. –  Simon Verbeke Sep 23 '12 at 20:35
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