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Can you recommend me about the icon for the dashboard, I have been looking at http://findicons.com/search/dashboard but get the icons like in the picture below.

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I feel it's more like clock instead of the dashboard.

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What's the content of your dashboard? Do you intend to use the dashboard icon without text? –  Phil May 21 '11 at 12:32
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They really do suck. Phew! –  Pete Wilson May 21 '11 at 18:53

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Instead of starting with a cockpit or car dashboard metaphor, my choice would be to begin with something that is actually in the dashboard (or at least I assume is in your dashboard): namely, a graph or chart.

For example: http://p.yusukekamiyamane.com/icons/search/fugue/#keyword=chart

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+1 for 'use something from your dashboard'. One common icon trick is to use part of an object to stand in for the whole thing. –  James Crook May 22 '11 at 14:30

A dashboard could represent both momentarily values or statistical data over time. When you look at a dashboard representing web traffic (like Google Analytics) you are often interested in statistical data of last month, last week or last day. Thus Google Analaytics dashboard icon is a graph.

However, if you were to present instant values (such as your current car speed) the meter is preferred. You need to decide which kind of dashboard you have, in order to have the right representation.

One icon that does not look like a clock, but more like a meter would be this one: A possible dashboard icon

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Another take is, if you have a series of measures that are either "good" or "bad," then use a series of traffic lights. Starting there, an operator can see what the red items are, and drill further if needed.

For example:

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So perhaps the icon would be:

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Nice, but how then do you handle the red-green color-blindness problem? –  Pete Wilson May 21 '11 at 19:26
    
Wilson: See updated first pic: the same way real traffic lights deal with color blindness :-) –  Peter K. May 21 '11 at 20:30

Stealing an extract from Benny's answer and your original image - rather than showing the complete dial, you can just focus in on a key part. Here we're using a 64x64 pixel extract. The second extract is from the Tango dashboard.

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And here's the full Tango dashboard icon from which the second extract is taken:

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My view is that it doesn't shrink below 64 pixels in height well, but the extract is usable at 48x48.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dashboard.svg

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Is this a data based dashboard? If is not, the cockpit metric icons are misleading would probably be better a checklist icons (some dots with some lines)... if is a data dashboard then try to make an icon that is related to the content of the dashboard

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