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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Speed of Users Understanding Symbols / Icons

I'm looking for some research that tries to establish how quickly a user will recognize or understand symbols / icons that they: Have Seen Before Have Not Seen Before Obviously a user will be ...
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Why are the “Undo” and “Redo” arrow icons commonly round?

A simple Google Image search will show a lot of icons related to "Undo & Redo", and interestingly, most of them, if not all are round. Take a look at the ones Microsoft Office uses: And some ...
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What are the “spinning dots” in Windows supposed to represent, and why do they stop?

For some time now Windows has used the following animation to indicate some task is being performed: This image seems odd. It starts as you might expect, but on the second revolution the dots ...
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Why did Apple dropped bolt icon when charging a dead iPhone / iPad [closed]

Something that was bothering me since long time. When you plug the cable to a completely drained iPhone/iPad the screen turns on to show a battery icon with a small red line on left which represents ...
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Which accordion Identifiers work best?

which accordion identifiers make more sense? Plus and Minus OR up & down arrow chevrons I'd be very interested to see if anyone has any analytics or proofs on these concepts. As always, ...
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Why does 'X' mean close? [duplicate]

It's well known that X symbol means close (and in some contexts dismiss or hide), but why/where was this symbol initially chosen? My only thought was that when you want to "cancel" information on ...
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What is the best way to indicate a “Sub Menu” on a non-traditional screen?

Currently my team and I are working on an interface where the user interacts with navigation buttons on the side of the screen. After conducting several usability tests, we are running into the ...
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Vertical Icon Side Menu

I am planning to have a vertical Icon Menu in my website containing about 12 icons. I am planning to have the icon either like http://codepen.io/nikhil/pen/sicrK or ...
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Should we use the 3x3 9-dots icon as an apps menu?

As the web continues to evolve and more complex applications emerge, there is a need to let the user quickly navigate between applications. This action is different from the navigation menu we see ...
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Always on top Icon [closed]

I am making a firefox addon that gives the user a menu, this menu lists all running processes and allows the user to pick which windows they want to keep on top. Here is what it looks like: The ...
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What's a good icon to represent “can't decide?” [closed]

Let's say a user gets three buttons. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups They get to choose between two options, or alternatively, a button labeled "can't ...
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Does it matter which direction an icon faces?

Is there any research done on whether the direction an icon faces matters in the recognition of the icon representation? In other words and with a specific case: Would a left oriented search icon ...
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Is it correct to change the color of a country flag to adapt it to the colors palette?

I am working on a web with three main colors: white, blue and black, and there are two flags for select the language of the web. These icons completely break the color harmony of the web, and I wonder ...
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Icon to request device rotation [closed]

Is there an existing icon that is recognized as a request / suggestion that a user rotate their mobile device? I am converting an OLD website to be more mobile friendly. (responsive) I have existing ...
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What is the origin of the power icon?

What is the origin of the power button? Is it supposed to resemble a physical switch? Was it originally skeuomorphic UI design? Did it every move/turn or provide feedback? download bmml ...
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An icon for surname field? [closed]

While designing form I've found out that I'm totally stuck at choosing icon for the surname field. Actually, the surname is so abstract notion and doesn't really differ from name in its sense, so I'm ...
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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 ...