An image or pictogram used instead of or supplemental to textual information. Icon requests are off topic; please keep questions related to their use rather than asking what a good icon to represent a certain item/concept would be.

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Which is clearer - cog/spanner/wrench icon for desktop website settings, or a text label?

Building a web-based tool which will really only be viewed on a desktop web browser (due to a restricted corporate environment). Trying to keep it as minimal as possible with no superfluous features. ...
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Is the question mark “?” internationally recognised as an icon for help?

I'm looking to use "?" as my help button icon in a desktop application but I'm unsure how universally recognisable this will be. I can localise this for different culture if necessary. Any ideas?
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Best way to show that a screenshot continues on the next page?

I'm working on a presentation and need to show that a screenshot continues onto the next page. For some reason I'm having trouble finding the icon that is normally used - I feel like it's sort of a ...
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Icon for Request [closed]

I need to design icon for "Request a Feature" Anyone Please suggest any idea to design a icon for 'Request a Feature' context.
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*Widely Recognizable* Icon for “Sensors” [closed]

I am having a hard time finding a good and widely recognizable icon for Sensors. The icon needs to look good at small sizes (16x16 px.) A thermometer icon, while it is widely recognizable, probably ...
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Sprites/Icon Representation

I have an application and I'm currently working on the design at the minute. As I have been working I've been thinking about little things to enhance the application. One idea I thought about were ...
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Icon to depict quality? [closed]

I'm looking for an icon to represent "high quality." I'm thinking of using a diamond shape. Is there any reason to think that a diamond does not represent high quality?
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Forgot Password Icon? How's this? [closed]

I've been using just a little speech bubble with a question mark in the middle to signify a lost password link, like this one: For a redesign of the site, I've created a new one that I think better ...
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Delete vs Deactivate ICONs

We are currently testing a product with two consoles: An 'op' console and an admin console. The op console uses trash can icon symbol to delete something and the admin console uses same trash can ...
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Feedback/Review system

Hi guys I need your suggestion with feedback or rating system. I'm thinking instead of the common stars icon I will be using mood emoticon. Is this a good approach? Example: 1 - Sad 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 ...
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icon to indicate technical material [closed]

In a "help" screen, we'd like to display a list of articles from various categories. I'm calling attention to the articles from our official documentation with an icon of a book. We also have a ...
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Alternatives to using “frequency words” like yearly, monthly, quarterly

I have a client who's using a table to present several row of data. The data has one row showing how often certain activities should be performed. It looks something like this: ...
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Should I use two different icons?

In an application I am working on, we have some application-wide settings that are available via a cogwheel button in the title bar. We also have part of the application, a kind of analysis, that have ...
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Use labels/text under icons in the iOS tab bar?

An example of Tab bar is shown below: I'm designing a new iOS app with tab bar as shown above. The tab bar has five icons of which three are generic and easily understood. The other two are relevant ...
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When to use the folder-metaphor?

For a top-level navigation I am currently working on, I was wondering if it would be a good idea to use folder icons to communicate that an item in the list is actually a container (a folder) of ...
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Star vs Heart icon to represent save as a favourite

I am working on a mobile app that involves the user saving a favourite location. I wanted to use an icon to represent that feature, but I'm not sure which one is better – a star or a heart icon. Some ...
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What is the best way to represent a (Now Hiring) link or icon in a webpage

What is the best way to represent a (Now Hiring) link or icon in a webpage. some webpages locate it into a footer or something very bottom of the page. some is suggesting to put it in the very top of ...
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Two objects which can be disconnected and then connected?

I'm creating a GUI for a program which maps keys from an external device to keyboard keys. The process is: [Waiting for keyboard key] (Shows a blank key) Press a keyboard key (Now blank key has ...
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What icon(s) should a user better understand as “empty item” or “empty selection”? [closed]

I'm developieng an iOS app, and in its main view, I placed a button to select a video playlist. If the user goes to this view and there is an already selected playlist, the button for this selection ...
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Use of icon fonts and links

When using an icon font and text for a link, do they both get styled for link interactions?
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Simple vs Childish [closed]

What is the general rule of thumb regarding iconography style? I'm more concerned regarding the feeling that some of my icons are too childish (using stick figures)... I'm afraid that the experience ...
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Link to article using a 'download' or 'view online' symbol?

I would like to have a way for people to download an article from my document, and I thought of adding a hyperlink to the title of the article as follows: But I guess it could be done in a better ...
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When to use grab vs move cursor?

I am making an app with a drag and drop UI. I plan on changing the cursor when hovering over the draggable elements. What's the difference between the move and grab cursors? Can they be used ...
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Menu with icons and checkable items

In a normal windows application, I've (context) menus. Many of the items have individual icons for better recognition. Now, some of the menu items are checkable. The "standard" way of showing the ...
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Is it ok to use arrows to indicate money movement in & out of an account?

I have seen numerous examples of banking applications that use arrows to indicate money in and out of an account. However the direction of the arrow is a bit problematic, specifically in which ...
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Where to position Back and Home buttons?

When you watch tv on a tablet via an app, where do you put the "Back" icon and where do you put the "Home" button?
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What Icon Would be Appropriate for the Highest Authority User [closed]

Say I'm showing buttons and next to certain people (the super admins), what would be the best icon to convey this meaning? Currently I'm using a star icon, which definitely works, but I'm just ...
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Is the icon for telephone outdated? [duplicate]

Given that a large proportion of the world's people have probably never seen a "telephone" with a handset and coiled cord (and likely never will), why is that the icon that is still used? But then, ...
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Vertical position of icons in buttons

Software interface design: What is the correct vertical position of an icon in a button? Either at the bottom line to the text or centered with the text?
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How to design icons that convey multiple parameters?

I have a game in which I need to display icons on a map denoting the presence of other players. Each player has multiple parameters -- friend/foe; age; team; estimated direction of movement etc. I ...
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Horizontal expand / collapse icons

I have a webpage with a narrow panel on the left hand side, about 33% of the page width, it contains blocks of text. At the moment, I have a standard HTML button which expands the panel to fill the ...
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What icon and label to represent discreet mode

I am building a wealth management application and by default any screen shows numbers (money, percentage gain/lost) in quite a large font. This is useful in most cases as the important information is ...
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How to deal with multiple feedbacks from a single action

This one is a bit tricky: I have to give the user 2 actions for every object on my app: Add to list and Feature (that's the best translation I could come up with). The problem is: Add to list adds an ...
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What is a good icon for “notifications” tab? [closed]

We're trying to fit a nice notifications tab icon for our app. However, we couldn't find a global icon to define notifications. Facebook uses a globe (we can't use that, as we use globe to ...
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How to deal with elements in a list forming a distracting vertical pattern

I'm using a list to display information. Each row needs to display two thumbnails, and a string. I noticed with this implementation that the layout of icons seems to resemble two columns. which may ...
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Should icons be used to represent “name” and “surname” in a form?

Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems to me that the use of icons inside form fields is becoming very popular, especially in signup and login forms: Now, for email and password fields, I can see that the ...
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Windows desktop icon guidelines

Are there any modern guidelines for how icons should look in desktop Windows? I'm particularly interested in toolbar icons right now, but I'm hoping for some general icon guidance. The Windows ...
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Icons that represent same languages / different countries? [duplicate]

We're re-building this app for a client and he already has several language choices, including: English (US), English (UK) and English (AU) as well as Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin America). Of ...
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Android icon to unlock premium features [closed]

I'm working on a multimedia Android app and I'm not sure which icon to use for unlocking the premium features of the app. These are 1) adding text to images, 2) disabling ads plus 3) disabling the app ...
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What is an appropriate visual metaphor for time units?

My app displays time units, such as [minute, hour, day, month, year]. There will be no magnitude associated. They convey the information "About how long will this action take?" (Think TODO list) Is ...
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Do I need to include an info icon on my links that fire a lightbox?

I'm building a multi-step checkout process and I have a bunch of links within each step that provide additional information for the user about specific input fields. The input field/and links are ...
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Displaying a “waiting to download” message within an iPad app

I am designing an app that will require data to be pulled from our main servers, and upon the first use of the app, there is one screen that will take a few minutes for all data to load. I've been ...
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What is the best icon to show that something can be dragged and reordered?

I am using jquery UI sortable to allow rows in an html table to be sortable. I want to use an icon for a handle and I am trying to figure out what is the best image / icon that would best illustrate ...
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What's the best way to choose between twisty and plus/minus icon?

When designing collapse and expandable rows, are there certain ways to choose between using a twisty icon vs a plus/minus icon? Below are examples I've taken from google search --- With a twisty ...
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Which share icon is most appropriate for web?

Now days there are multiple viable share icons available, but they are mostly mobile OS specific (iOS, WP, Android...). I wonder which icon should I use for the web that most of the users would ...
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Does a lock icon show the user is logged in or needs to log in

I am working on a device where the admin can require the user to log into the device into order to use it. The developers originally used a closed lock to show that a user is is "locked out". For ...
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Better options to show Open and Save option for each file in a list

A list of all input files is shown. User can click ‘Create Output Files’ to create output files for each input file. Now when all output files are created, ‘Create Output Files’ button becomes ...
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Pagination icons for next set of results?

Our search results page has pagination. We have links with the numbers one thru five to let the user navigate to the second, third, fourth, or fifth page of search results. After the number five, we ...
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Is the 'magnifying glass search icon' right-handed because most people are right-handed? [closed]

Edit: one of the answers shows an set of icons, and 85% of them are right handed. Wiki data and other studies tend to agree with those numbers. But maybe this is only coincidence? Edit 2: Since ...
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What are the universally understood symbols for “remote computer” or “server” or “the internet”? [closed]

I've recently came across an idea that mobile device icons are growing into a pictographic language of their own. For example the floppy drive can be considered a universally understood symbol for ...