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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How to tell the user that an input box is autocomplete-enabled?

Is there a good graphical sign which tells the user that a particular field on the page is autocomplete enabled? For instance, the field name says "Document author". When you start typing in that ...
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full-color icons vs. greyed-out icons in menus

Icons in menus are often full-color. Even though the page an icon/menu item controls is not active, the icon still appears in its normal hues. To distinguish the icon which is active, a designer will ...
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Do iOS / WP users recognize the Android share icon?

I've been assigned the task to add an icon / CTA to enable users to invite people to our application from their contact list. Due to width restriction, especially with localization, one of the ...
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Are 3D icons better than 2D?

I've seen an increase of 3D icons in the recent past. I am not convinced they are better. Instead they may actually be worse because space is taken up by the projection. Is there any evidence as to ...
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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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Multiple choice with Yes, No and 'No answer'

I am working on a Quiz Application for Multiple Choice question. Instead of normal Multiple Choice Questions with the two answers yes and no. I am working on one that allows a user to abstain to a ...
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What unicode symbol should I use for EDIT?

I'm trying to keep a very light payload on a wordpress plugin I'm writing. Users will be able to: add - + refresh - ⟳ edit I'm thinking of using the pencil glyph: ✎, but I'm not sure about it. ...
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Best practice for Navigation usability? [closed]

I'm currently working on a social network type system, and was wondering about the best practice for navigation. Would it be better to use Icons or Text? I was thinking a mixture, icons for some ...
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Icon-only navigation bar for a desktop application?

I am working on a groupware application running as a desktop application (not in the browser). I wanted to keep the interface really simple and minimalistic so my users will not get distracted by a ...
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Microsoft Visual Studio 11 - why would they use uppercase in UI?

Microsoft has been very transparent with their updates to Visual Studio 11. It includes a huge change to the UI design of the entire IDE, most notably colour themes, icons and capitlization. In their ...
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Icon for “Remove All” getting confused with “Remove” - how to fix? [closed]

Our application has a button to Remove (removes selected item) and Remove All. Currently the icons are right next to each other and look similar; therefore users accidentally have been clicking ...
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Floppy disk icon for “Save” [closed]

It's funny that we still use floppy disks icon for save operation association while floppies have long been outdated, unused and many computer users nowadays don't even know how floppy disks actually ...
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What are two good unicode characters I can use to represent “Likes” and “Dislikes”? [closed]

I'll be displaying YouTube Like/Dislike ratings for videos in a text-based format, so I'm using unicode's vast icon codepages as a way to display various things (such as star ratings, using U+2605 ...
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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 symbols should be used for YES and NO when the user can't read?

This is a non trivial problem, as demonstrated by this blog entry. There are problems with all the obvious options: Check and X : we're already using that as "correct" and "incorrect" Thumbs ...
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For a web-app, how to differentiate “cluster” marker icons from normal icons on a map?

We have a map with around a dozen different kinds of markers, and there are too many to display at once so we're using cluster icons to represent multiple markers that are close together. What ...
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What symbols can I use to represent different levels of probability? [closed]

I have an app where I need to show how likely an item is, e.g. "very likely", "quite likely", "not very likely". What kind of icons could I use to show this? I don't need any pre-made icons, I would ...
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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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CRUD Operations icons vs. menu

What would you suggest the best practices for CRUD operations options. Consider the following design; Should i keep icons for each operation or create a drop down menu with all the options inside? ...
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What's a good alternative to flags for depicting internationalisation as an option?

Are flags a bad idea? In various comments on How to design a multi-language website?, several designers voiced their concern for the use of flags as a symbol to represent language switching on a ...
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Visualize a “reset” functionality in a toolbar icon [closed]

We have a 3D model viewer application. The user can scale, rotate and translate the model. We want to add a toolbar button that allows the user to bring the model back to the original position, scale ...
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Marking contact as primary?

Currently in the application that I am designing, we are displaying just a short amount of contact information, which means that if the contact has 4 different numbers (i.e. mobile,home,work,fax), ...
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Are the Metro UI icons poor for usability?

While looking at Metro UI styles I thought about one of the unique aspects of the icons. Their placement inside circles. E.g. I can imagine that this provides a target like effect, emphasising the ...
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Alternates to the “play/pause” button

I've never been happy with the old 'iTunes' model ("flip-flop" buttons; see this question) where the play and pause are the same button, with an icon showing what state you can go to (Play when you're ...
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Is it better to place text above or below icons?

This UX.SE question discusses the use of text above vs. below images & videos, and in general the answers say to put text below images. I'm thinking that it must be different with icons, since ...
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What is the best way to graphically display item's position in a ranking?

My app has a table containing a list of financial securities. One of the columns is the security's position in a list of all available securities ranked by performance. For example: security XYZ is ...
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Best Icon for minimize [closed]

I'm always struggling with choosing the correct icon for minimizing action. For ex: In accordions menu or on panels that can be minimized what would be the best icon : An arrow that rotates like ...
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How to layout an icon, text and number within limited space?

If I have limited space, typically narrow enough that I cannot just spell things normally like "4 Strength" or "Strength 4", as this shrinks the font to nearly unreadable. How can I layout an icon, ...
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Placing icons next to numbers - to the right or left?

In our system, we have many places where we show number values, and next to them we show an icon indicating whether the value is good/mediocre/bad. Before I joined the team, there was no guidelines, ...
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What symbol to use to represent feedback

When reading Which "Like" symbol is best to use I suddenly realised that the UX community may be able to help me solve a little problem: I'm working on a site which has just gone in to Beta and as ...
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Colliding icon meanings

In the interests of fitting in with design guidelines and not wanting to endlessly push icon pixels, I try and use Android's1 built-in icons as much as possible. Occasionally, that means combining ...
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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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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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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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Icons for Like/Dislike/Regular [closed]

Following the answers I got at this other question, where you guys showed me that 5 stars ratings are somewhat complicated for the users to chose an option from, I decided to implement a 3-options ...
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More Intuitive Search Icon - Maginfying Glass or Pair of Binoculars? [closed]

I'm busy redesigning our main application's UI and we're adding a search feature. In your experience, between an icon of a magnifying glass and a pair of binoculars which icon is more intuitive? I ...
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Search Icon vs Search Input Box - Both Require One Click/Touch: Which to use?

I'm working on a mobile site of a rather large site. There are quite a few iA and navigation hurdles already, so I'm pushing to use a search icon instead of a traditional search input box. My ...
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List icon vs menu icon

As of Ice Cream Sandwich, the new standard icon for menus is three vertically aligned squares as such: Before that, the menu expansion was three horizontal lines like this, but without the ...
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Do icons need labels on mobile apps?

There have already been studies that prove labelling icons enhances usability on desktop applications. This is why Microsoft Outlook started labelling its icons. Does the same logic apply to ...
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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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How to differentiate icons for *client* from *server* IT services (mail, web, filesharing and so on)

I need to design a UI that includes widgets to control a server computer, and a client computer. This means I'll be doing similar pairs of icons for mail (mail program vs mail server), web (browser ...
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What design principles and/or guidelines we should use for vote-up/vote-down and counters?

Several times I have clicked the icons next to the counters totals (vote-up/vote-down) on YouTube while trying to vote up or like a video. What are the design guidelines and/or principles for placing ...
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App icons borderless or on a button?

In an app, when using icons, we can have place it on a button, or have the icon borderless. I would think that having it on a button gives better affordance, but it seems that many reputable ...
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Why are icons on mobile phone menu screens square or rectangular but not circular?

If you take a look at the app page of any mobile OS, for example iOS, Android, Ubuntu, Win8, BADA, etc., they all have square icons, either with rounded corner or sharp corners (shown in the first ...
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Universal blog icon? [closed]

How do I tell users I'm referring them to a blog? This is within a mobile app. I realize it could be a Wordpress/Tumblr icon, but that's subject to the company's logo change and I was just wondering ...
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Do many spinners on a page look good?

Our engineers are making some changes to our RESTful service calls, so on one page we are making many calls to get different contents through different AJAX calls to fetch small amounts of data, ...
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Recommended Icon for Dashboard [closed]

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. I feel it's more like clock instead ...
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Battery - what percentage range to use for each color?

I need to display battery with 3 colors: green, orange (or yellow?) and red. This device's battery (like iPad, iPhone etc..) with a battery life of up to two days. What percentage range to use for ...
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How to indicate a form-field error?

I have two candidates for indicating that a form field is in an error state. Option 1 Option 2 Should the error icon be in the field, or next to the label? Or something else? Or does it not ...
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Appropriate icon for “change” [closed]

I would like to change an icon symbolizing change with something more appropriate. Currently the icon is a star. After giving it some thought I realized that I didn't have a good concept of what ...