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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What is the best way to build a desktop-like environment with jQuery and CSS? [on hold]

I am looking for a way to build a basic "icon" system, as found on nearly all Desktop style operating systems. I managed to locate the Metro UI CSS package, but while it is neat, and I'll use it if ...
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What is the origin of the eject symbol?

On the web, there is a lot of information about the Play, Pause, and other symbols, but I could find no information about the famous Eject symbol at all. The only source I could find was an article ...
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Has the ☰ (three horizontal bars) menu icon received much adoption outside of the western world?

A lot of web sites use to indicate a button that will trigger a navigation menu. It has, for example, been included in Twitter bootstrap (which is used at over a million sites). It is also used to ...
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Multiple icons/indicators on a table row

I am creating a table that lists all of the people in a group (75-125 people). I need to flag certain people with key roles in this group so they can be identified at a glance. There could be up to 10 ...
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Material Design headerbar and icons color [migrated]

I'm trying to design a website using the Material Design guidelines. I've a navbar/headerbar with the logo of my website and some icons. The background color is transparent, showing the background ...
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Is it better to use a warning icon, error icon, or no icon at all for login problems in a mobile app?

Is it better to use a warning icon, error icon, or no icon at all for login problems in a mobile app? Problems that may happen: Invalid/Incorrect email Wrong mail/password Connection errors
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Icon design for map/satellite image flip? [closed]

I have an app with a map page. The map page features an icon that should be placed on the map in order to query a coordinate. I would like to toggle between map and satellite mode, since in certain ...
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What symbol(s) can represent difficulty level in the context of a game?

In short: How to indicate that a numeric display represents the difficulty level? I'm looking for a symbol that represents the concept of ever-increasing difficulty level, in the context of a casual ...
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Is there a way to represent information with an icon in flat UI or have they to be always actionable?

I would like to represent a file status (i.e. "needs to be reviewed", "done" etc.) through an icon. However, in flat UI you can't distinguish an actionable from a non-actionable icon due to lack of ...
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Cool/heat and sun/snowflake display on A/C and other machines

This question has been bugging me for years. I remembered it when I read this: Toilet flush buttons In A/C most of the times is easy. Generally there is a snowflake for cooling mode and a sun for ...
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What's a good icon to represent testing? [closed]

Looking for an icon that could represent "click here for significance testing" I have seen scales, bell curves, etc. Looking for other ideas and/or graphic sources.
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Login icon vs global icon on mobile

I'm working on a mobile website and have hit on an uncommon problem. The global site menu uses a hamburger menu (I know there's documentation we shouldn't be using this anymore - but that's another ...
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Are there two distinct icons for 'panning' and 'moving'? [closed]

I am working on a lightweight multi-platform drawing application, and I'm using icons to represent each drawing tool (just as many editors do). However I am struggling to have two icons that clearly ...
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alternative to 'menu' when placing text with a hamburger nav stack icon

Ive been trying to think through some alternative text to place next to a hamburger nav icon. I feel 'menu' sounds like a restaurant, although the only other thing i could think of was to use the ...
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An icon that best represents a user's karma points or a particular score? [closed]

Instead of displaying a numerical amount in the header of a user menu, is there an icon that best represents karma points? Similar to StackExchange but something that further elaborates the concept ...
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Delete permanently or temporarily

So I'm in a situation where I need to have two features for a list/grid of items: Remove an item for just this session Remove an item permanently I think a x or trash icon would be fine for the ...
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Inline validation icon usability

I have been looking at the styling for validation of input forms of Bootstrap, and wondered if there was a specific reason for where the icons used for inline input validation is positioned. I ...
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Should map markers be called pins or markers?

For reasons I won't explain, I have to change the word 'issues' to something different in our UI. 'Issues' corresponds to the number of map markers on a user's map. Should 'issues' be changed to ...
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Suitable icon to indicate that a customer is deceased? [closed]

I am currently working on a system to manage debt, specifically account history. There are various statuses that an account can sit at and the product owner has requested an icon for each status, so ...
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Remove the background on an icon-button [closed]

Good day, I have an "checkbox icon" which opens a window with checkbox groups. I'm not really enjoying the background-color of the icon, I think it's better without the background. ...
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What is a good and short way to convey that a product is available on a “Pay What You Want” scheme

So imagine a small piece of UI, only several pixels tall/wide, that displays a product's info. Usually this widget shows either something like $0.99 USD, BUY, or FREE in order to convey that it is ...
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Do images (icons/glyphs) on buttons improve usability?

I'm working on a desktop application where most of the buttons just have text on them. Putting images (icons/glyphs) on the buttons does make the application look more attractive, but does it improve ...
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Icon or text to un-sync/revert changes

In the context of file management across multiple devices- I would like to provide users with option to "un-sync" or revert synced changes that where made on other devices. The syncing is done ...
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Why is the settings icon either associated with gears or a wrench + screwdriver

I was wondering what the association between gears and settings is because the symbolism/iconography is not clear to me. I can see that in the old days people might have used the wrench or screwdriver ...
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Best user friendly option for buttons and icons placement

I have created below UI controls... but I am not sure if they are really user friendly or not... so overall they should look good as well as user should be able to understand moment they see that ...
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Where did the term 'copy to clipboard' originate? Why is it a Clipboard?

I've always been interested to know where the term 'copy to clipboard' originated, and do we use it because we've grown familiar to it? I'm assuming this phrase originated a while ago when we used ...
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Publish/Unpublish icons, which aproximation is better [closed]

Which one of this icons do you think, is more intuitive or feels more natural for Publish and Unpublish actions. Is there a better option?
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How can I make monochrome icons work?

My company has just implemented a monochrome icon theme in an attempt to transition to a more "modern" interface. Feedback from the first round of user testing has been mixed: Almost everybody ...
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What are the pros and cons for updating an icon that has been used within a company for years?

I'd like to update a company icon which has been used within this particular company since 2003. I personally believe it's time for an upgrade. The icon itself does not reflect the company's updated ...
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Enable and Disable Representation Icon [closed]

I am designing an application. It shows a list of folder which can be enabled or disabled to share. How can we make the user to understand it is Enabled/Disabled in Iconic representation. When the ...
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Is adding a sleep to my code to be able to show a loading icon effective for informing the user

I have follow / un follow feature on my website. Currently, you click the button and using PHP and AJAX I change the button background colour. This is a simple action for the website so doesn't take ...
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Verbiage and Icons for Delete vs Remove

In the application I'm working on, we have two forms of getting rid of an item. Delete: Permanently deleting an item from the system. Once removed, the data is gone. Remove: Removing a linked item ...
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Icon to convey “New,” to be placed next to new features in a web-based app. Any successful precedents/examples? [closed]

I am needing to create an icon to flag new features in our site (such as proprietary search filters, to start). We'd like this to be consistent and recognizable for all kinds of new feature roll-outs ...
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Which unicode symbol can I use to symbolize a task needing feedback? [closed]

Unicode provides check marks ✓ and ballot ✗ symbols that can be used to mark a task as having ended with success or with an error. I am wondering which icon, if any, could be used as for a task to ...
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Is there any specific icon to use for a 'New Tab' button? [closed]

I have a button on my web page, this button once clicked will open a new tab and take the user there. I'm just wondering is there any convention on what icon I should use for this button? At the ...
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Showing which direction a value should go towards

I have an interesting UI challenge. I have a ratio that I am showing in two ways: one using a percentage surrounded by a circumference pie chart, and the other showing a status bar. In some cases a ...
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What is a commonly used, easily identified icon for 'frequently ordered'

I am currently designing an app for ordering food. The user is being shown suggestions according which include his favourites, frequently ordered, popular nearby etc. while the favourites and popular ...
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Why android not show icon in overflow menu?

After android introduced the action bar after 3.x, I found that its native API hides all icons if the menu item is shown in overflow (three dots on MENU-button-lacking device, or after pressing Menu ...
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Alternative icon for email attachments [closed]

The email attachment icon seems to always be the same in every client, a paperclip. There are dozens of examples, and I've included some below: My question: is there a different symbol that could ...
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Navigation items with only icons, icons and words, or only words for a website? [duplicate]

Like on for example a header, would having only icons be confusing for the user, or would having words and icons take up too much space? I think that the icon only design is really clean, but don't ...
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Is there an icon for following/followers? [closed]

It appears most places apps write those words out. Am I blind, or is there not yet a commonplace icon that conveys "Number of Followers" or "Number Following" without those words? Note: I am not ...
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When to circle a symbol

I was wondering, if you have any basic rule whether to use a symbol, e.g. +, just plain or in a circle, e.g. (+). One example is the star (★) to favorite this very question (on the left hand side), it ...
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Iconography for verbatim vs. paraphrase

The system I'm currently working on includes phrases which the operators (call centre) must read to customers. Some can be paraphrased (i.e. "Your installation will happen on 01/01/2001" may be ...
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Is there a standard icon for web accessibility?

The International Symbol of Access is a standard icon for building and parking access for people with disabilities. Has this icon, by itself, gained acceptance as a standard icon for web ...
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Why did Microsoft make all the Office 2013 icons have such similar colours? [closed]

We've just been upgraded from Office 2010 to Office 2013. There's the usual assortment of UI rejigs, most of which are either the modern trends (ultra-flat icons and UIs), fairly neutral, or easily ...
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Need suggestion for icon for 'Unknown File Type' [closed]

I'm working on an attachment upload script for a professional / business website, which will display a list of all attachments with an icon representing their file type. I have icons for most ...
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How do I indicate that a subset of icons aren't clickable?

I have a row of icons with labels. The first three are clickable and are in fact nav elements for the content area. The last icon isn't clickable... how do I make the lack of clicking affordance ...
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Best way to incorporate a call-to-action on an icon (on mobile)

I'm designing an interface to ask for user evaluation on data submitted by other users and I'm stuck on designing simple and effective call-to-action on a counter icon. Context: The favorite is a ...
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When a button contains text and an icon, which should come first?

Assuming I'm optimizing for making it as fast and easy as possible for most users to find the button they need, what's the optimal ordering?
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slide menu locations and icon

what is the best location on the side slide menu? and lets say the app is localized to many different languages and its web app responsive to mobile , is it better to shift is place in each language? ...