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 are good idle vs non-idle (busy) state icons [closed]

I'm not really sure what an intuitive idle state and non-idle state icon could be. I was thinking an hour glass would be great for non-idle (busy) state. Does anyone have any good suggestions or ...
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Positioning the Open/Close Caret

While most of the more recent examples I've seen around the Web seem to prefer placing an open/close carat icon before its corresponding menu/selection label, there seems to be no standard on whether ...
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User interactions with file systems

I was in a meeting the other day discussing file formats with my colleagues. I was not happy with the outcome. Long story short, the key point made was that you cannot trust a user to keep the file ...
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Status Icon - One versus many

At what point is it appropriate to use a single icon space to represent the current state of something, and when is it appropriate to use several icon spaces (one for each possible status) with the ...
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The Hamburger Icon - menu or drag affordance?

There seems to be a difference in meaning for this icon emerging: For some it means 'menu', for others it represents 'draggable item' (in preference to the small dots used in GMail for instance). ...
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Valid Icon for a “Go To Line” suggestions [closed]

I guess this is a bit of a tricky one for me, im sure there is a completely obvious answer however im at a loss. I am creating a spreadsheet with a control panel at the bottom. So far it has the ...
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Are glyphs of a tortoise and hare understood to indicate speed cross cultures?

In North America the Aesop fable about the tortoise and the Hare is well known, and glyphs of a tortoise (turtle) and hare (rabbit) are understood to represent varying speeds. Is this generally the ...
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Is there a standard when it comes to using the eye open, eye closed icons to show/hide something?

Typically speaking, whenever I use an icon for a link, I believe the icon should represent the actual action of clicking on that link. E.g. To edit a post, you'd typically use a pencil icon. ...
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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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“Locked” and “secure” icons in one interface

In case of a need to show both "locked" and "secure" icons on one element in an interface (let's say it is one of many tabs in an internet browser, where 'locked' and 'secure' refer to different ...
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Icon Representation Ideas. [closed]

I'm looking for some black and white/transparent icons that represent the following words and semantic concepts: General - general settings area. Header - settings for a site's header. Frontpage - ...
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How to indicate on a form field that additional important documentation is available?

We have a primarily form-based application. Most field labels are hyperlinked to a formal instructions document via context-sensitive help links (the mouse cursor changes to show this.) This works ...
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Where can I find an official set of iOS (specifically iPad) icons and stencil sets? [closed]

Android have an official set of icons, fonts, colours and stencils, that can be downloaded from their website. However, I have come to design for iPad and I can't find an official download. Do I need ...
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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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An icon for an unassigned item? [closed]

I am working on a planning system for a logistics company and their sorting machine (loop sorter, a couple of hundred chutes, 20.000 items/hour) - and I need an icon to show that a given chute doesn't ...
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Changing a visual object as it is dragged

Imagine that you have an interface with two principal panes: a map and a timeline. We want to enable our user to be able to select a job displayed on the map (for instance, "repair washing machine at ...
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How can airplane safety information cards be improved? [closed]

Consider the current safety information card aboard the American Airlines Boeing MD-80. It's a large, trifold brochure with four full-color pages of pictograms and one page of dense, small text ...
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Search results - representing/showing parent/child records

I have a couple of questions which relates to how to best show parent/child records on search results. An example first: If you have digitised 300 individual pages of an illuminated manuscript, then ...
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What is the best wording to describe an item that is selected to be more important?

I have a list of insurance quotes that are being displayed in a table. The users will be able to select which quotes are more important by clicking on a "star, flag, etc" which will allow them to ...
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What is the best symbol to use for currency?

I need a generic symbol to use for a currency icon. The US Dollar and the Euro symbol seem to be pretty equal competitors, but I know this can be a touchy concept and the selection of either could ...
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Signal Strength or Connection Speed icon [closed]

We have a stand alone application on our site that uses realtime video/audio. We are in the process of adding a connection speed icon but it seems we have some disagreements on the icon that should be ...
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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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Red (and green) indicator icons on a dark blue background

We have a webapp with a dark blue background (this is a branding decision, and we don't want to revisit it... yet). We want to indicate positive/negative change with the traditional "stock ticker" ...
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Icon position in side menu left or right

Is there any recommendation or best practice when positioning icons in side menu? Most of the side menus put the icon to the left and then the text. Any thoughts? Left or right?
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Rearranging icons by most recently used

I am looking for some studies that examine how users perceive controls (e.g. navigational icons) that are rearranged based on most recently used. Also it would be interesting to see how rearranging ...
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Why would a battery indicator display a battery with open perimeter?

Here's how a Nikon D80 camera battery indicator can look like (depending on charge state) You see, it's a usually looking "battery cylinder" symbol, but the "cylinder" perimeter is open - the lower ...
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Ideas for a “Now” icon [closed]

Next to a date/time-picker field, what would a "Now" icon look like? I can't find any good ideas. The "Now" icon would be alongside a "Today" icon. When clicked, it would populate the field with the ...
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Photo galleries for profile photos

Has anyone seen or can anyone envision a good way to sort many (50+) photos which are profile photos of staff members? This is different from a traditional photo gallery because the emphasis isn't on ...
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Where's the best place to put an icon in a checkmark / label question?

The checkmarks ask what food you want and the clock asks if you want it fast. Where is the best place for the icons to go in this example? The icon basically acts like another "yes/no" checkmark. ...
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What Is the Best Approach To Minimalist Buttons (Icons)?

My web app, like most, is trying to utilize as much space as possible by trying to use an icon as a button to perform specific tasks. I have quite a few that would make for a pretty obscure button, ...
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How can I convey enabled vs. disabled status for a rule in a rule list?

I have a web application that upon user login will assign a role/permission based on various criteria from a corporate Active Directory. e.g. membership in a group, attributes in their user entry, ...
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When to use icons vs. icons with text vs. just text links?

Are there any rules on when to use icons vs. icons with text vs. just text links in a web application? For example: vs. save vs. save Extra question: Is save -or- save preferable?
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Is there a widely-understood visual metaphor for privacy?

On our profile page, we're giving users choices among three privacy settings for each field. The checkbox choices will not appear until a user highlights a particular field, but we do want to convey ...
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Do shapes connote differing degrees of hazard?

I'm working on designing an icon set and experimenting with a few different styles. One style would involve every icon being the same color. However, color is really good at differentiating things ...
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How should content of right slide menu be designed?

I have two options for displaying content in a right sided slide menu but am having a disagreement with my co-founder on which to use. Neither one of us is a designer but we're trying to figure this ...
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Represent mandatory/recommended/optional relationships between items

I've got a tree structure where the relationship between the parent and the child can be marked as either mandatory, recommended, or optional. This structure can be up to 3 levels deep. For example: ...
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Should a “hand” icon for a “high five” action be a right hand or left hand? [closed]

One feature of the product I am working on is "high five"ing content. The icon for this action is a hand. Should the hand icon be of a right or left hand? With the thumb on the right or left?
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Use up or down arrow to represent “sort ascending” at table header

To represent "sort ascending" (a -> b -> c -> ...) , my first sense told me that, I should use ↓ to represent it. This is because if I lay my data a b c It seems like thing is moving naturally ...
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Usage of an arrow to symbolize ordering: is this a universal symbol? Should something else be used?

When displaying tabular data, is the usage of an arrow, an universal symbol? (To symbolize if we're ordering in ascendant or descending order.) I'm trying to figure out, if my developer tool, should ...
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Votes (star rating) usage - stars or smiles?

I need to make a voting field for my feedback form. I make an assumption then when you use stars images user easily will use lower ratings, and when you use smiles(faces) with :) for good vote(5) and ...
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Should icons in a toolbar reference an action or the object?

When deciding on which icon to use in a toolbar is it better for an icon to reference the action or the object? Example: Action = Export data to excel. The object in this case is Excel (destination ...
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red checkmark vs. a red “X”

I am currently designing a panel in my business application that shows a table of data to a user. The data in the table is the company's percentage (this is equated by many different values), whether ...
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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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Can the information ( i ) icon be used to define a field name?

What's the best UX when it comes to using the 'i' (information) icon when defining a field name? Currently I have the field name defined above the field; before and after the the input field itself, ...
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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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Clarifying unfamiliar tools in a toolbox

If you use Adobe Photoshop to edit your images, there's this toolbox, from which you can select the tool you want to use. I'm designing a similar program than manipulates blueprints instead of ...
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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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Positive connotation Icon for number of errors

We have a game where we need to count number of errors as performance criteria. We are looking for a way to positively note the scores. One idea was to make an association to golfing by naming it ...
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Using icons as checkboxes?

How unusable is it to use icons as checkboxes? It's a cool concept when it is implemented, however I am worried that it is not obvious that the icon is clickable. What are people's opinions about a) ...
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Are there any commonly used icons that don't internationalize well? [closed]

I am a UX designer for a software company, and our product has been translated for the following: French German Italian Spanish Romanian Japanese Chinese Are there any icons that are commonly used ...