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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“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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Should a logo always be square? [closed]

I want to create a new logo for myself. Because I love typographic logos, I'll create such a logo. The most of the logos I see are square, but for a typographic logo it is sometimes hard to create a ...
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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 icon could be used to mean 'notifications'? [closed]

As part of a web-based application, we have a toolbar at the top of the page. The toolbar contains buttons that consist of small (30x30) icons with a single word underneath (for example, a search ...
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What's a good icon/paradigm for a “show/hide” toggle button image? [closed]

I need to give an option to show or hide certain detail. What's a good pair of icons for "show/hide"? Sorry, let me clarify. I am going to use it in a MS Office Ribbon style navbar at the top. The ...
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Is the hamburger icon a recognized navigation symbol? [duplicate]

Do you think the icon "☰" is enough for users to know that a menu is underneath? Medium.com doesn't even use an icon, it is linked from its logo on the top. Other websites just use the word "Menu" ...
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Best resources to make great reusable UI elements (icons/buttons/etc)? [closed]

I'm new to "crafting UIs", but I've been doing User Experience / Interaction design for a while. Being unable to design my own graphics has been a serious handicap for my work as I'm dependent on ...
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How to indicate AND and OR in a search form

I am designing a search form where the user has to indicate if the field is required or optional, this will affect the way the query is built. For example if the user marks the field as required, in ...
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What's the best “show navigation” icon for limited screen space

I read through the article and comments on "We need a standard show navigation icon for responsive web design" by Andy Clarke and it got me thinking about the subject and I'd like to hear your ...
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What is a good icon image for “Apply All/Remove All”? [closed]

I guess I'm not looking specifically for an icon, just an idea of what I could use for imagery. I'm having issues today (probably that double cappuccino) imagining what kind of image i could use for ...
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Best way to display plus/minus or pros/cons short sentences

I have information in short sentences (bullet list) and each bullet could be pros/cons or plus/minus toward a product. What is the best way to display it nicely? For example: + Price is cheap + ...
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Can an icon depicting two arrows pointing in opposite direction be used as an indicator for “Follow me”

I am making an icon depicting "Follow me" can 2 arrows pointing to either sides be used as follow me or any other suggestions arrows in a circle??? chain link...?
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What is the reason behind the + sign/icons with buttons?

I have seen few high profile site which use + sign/icons for buttons, while other don't. Does any body know what is the reason behind using sign with buttons, should i use signs/icons with buttons? ...
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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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How do I communicate the absence of settings?

A table in our web application contains items where one column specifies whether the item has a policy bound to it or not. This column can display three different states: Has policy : ACTIVE Has ...
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When is the appropriate time to use the “i” icon in an app?

I am currently debating if: The "i" icon should only be used when the target page\view only displays additional information. (help text, credits, about, terms & conditions, etc.) The "i" icon ...
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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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Where can I find guidelines on when to use the red octagon with exclamation mark icon in Mac OS?

This icon is shown under Mac OS when a disk is unmounted without being ejected first. It is sometimes also used by other applications. Can someone point me to a place where the acceptable uses for ...
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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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How should I mark “Mandatory” and “Optional” fields in a form?

I'm making a web app and in the admin panel there is in one place a list of items where (among other things) the administrator can select which items will be mandatory for the users, and which will be ...
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What menu strip items and other controls deserve their own icon?

I'm creating an application which has buttons and menu strips everywhere. I have icons for nearly object (from icons to menu strips). The problem is, I want my application to be professional and ...
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How can I avoid placing a legend on top of the table to tell the user what each icon means?

You can see an example here: As you can see, I am stuck with having to tell the user what each icon means. I also mention what a functionality does, such as "Click on a feature to filter out ...
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On log in form, what should a password unmask button look like and say?

On the log in form, I want to give users the option to unmask the password field so they can see what they type. The phrase "unmask password" is too technical and its purpose may not be apparent to ...
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Handling inactive notifications icons

With our app, there's currently a list of notification icons in the left side of the page. This are to alert you to events or things to do (e.g. you haven't contacted customer x for 30 days, you have ...
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How do I mark a package download if the individual items (within the package) are listed beside it?

We are having a dilemma and I thought to ask the experts. We offer video, xml and package (< video plus XML) downloads. If the user downloads the video, a green marker appears showing that it has ...
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Is a check mark a good way to indicate something that's approved?

In building software in which we compare products with environment requirements, we've had an internal debate on how to best show approved/disapproved in black/white print. I've been under the ...
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Archive of iOS / android app icons?

In creating an iOS app icons, it'd be great to see if I'm getting too close to anything that is already out there... but is there any good way to check? I haven't come across any archives out there ...
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Is using a house-shaped home icon deprecated? (for mobile)

I'm working on a mobile site and am wondering if a small icon in the shape of a house is sufficient to function as a "back to home" style link. This feels very "web 1995" but I still see it today and ...
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Use UAC Shield icon to indicate (non-Windows) elevation will be required?

i am working on financial software where there are many times where a "supervisor" is required to authorize that the user can continue, e.g.: user wants to void a funds transfer user has a variance ...
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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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Icons for username and password [closed]

I have login page with two input boxes, one for username and one for password. On the left of these input boxes, I want to put descriptive icons. I think the profile of a bust, and a key, would be ...
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How to indicate the word “interesting” with an icon? [closed]

In the project I am currently working on everything is based around the essence of "interests". One of the most important and bold UI elements in this project, is a button that when pressed gives us ...
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Best icon to represent transparency? [closed]

What would be the best image/icon to represent transparency? It should be as compact as possible and fit in a 13x11 area. I see that I should add more information. I need this image/icon to be ...
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Good icon for “suggestion” [closed]

I have a feature which, given the information entered so far, suggests a more complete version of what the user is entering. I'm thinking that when I have something I can suggest, I will show an icon ...
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What's an appropriate icon to represent an organisation? [closed]

Ok, so I need to use an icon to represent organisations in an otherwise boring list. What comes to my mind directly is either using something financially related, such as a small stack of coins, or ...
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Icon for “More”, like more results [closed]

I need an intuitive icon which represents "more" ITEMS (or "more items like this") (or other "similar" items to this item). I have space constraints on the screen, so I can't exactly use a label.
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I want to let the user toggle a column heading to sort a grid by a date field. How can I make ASC/DSC intuitive?

I want to let the user toggle a column heading to sort a grid by a date field. How can I make the ascending/descending dichotomy intuitive? EDIT: I was looking for date-column specific solutions.
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Finding a set of stock icons that match existing icons [closed]

We have a web application with a dozen or so icons for various functions. The icons were provided by a web design company during a redesign of the site two years ago. The company no longer exists. We ...
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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 ...
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Is it good UX that in Windows 7 & 8 the “windows” of the same application are automatically grouped into one button?

In Windows 7 and 8, all the windows of every application are by default automatically grouped into one icon on the taskbar. This happens even when there are two instances of the application running ...
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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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An icon indicating something has changed or been edited? [closed]

Any suggestions besides the obvious pencil or highlighting with colours? I am stumped, this was trickier than I thought. It is for a search function/filter if that helps but a universal symbol would ...
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Should application name relate to application icon?

Should my application name relate to app icon? For example if I want to name my application apple should the icon be an apple icon?
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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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How would you distinguish “Sets” from “Folders” in a collection of tiles?

I'm displaying both Sets (which contain Cards) and Folders (which contain Sets) on the same page. Ideally they'll both be tiles. I'm not sure how to make it easy for the user to tell the difference ...
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Hover over icon

Along the lines of visual clues when hovering over a hyperlink, doesn't the same apply to icons? I ask this question since I noticed none of the SE sites I know of have this behavior when hovering ...
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Is there any value in using “irrelevant” icons

I'm currently wireframing/"UXing" and doing the front-end dev work on the rebuild of a reasonably big intranet app with lots of data in various sections. To make things easier for the users to pick ...
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Icon based buttons or Color based buttons which is more UI attractive and Friendly

I am seeing websites increasingly switching to color based buttons and interaction elements rather than icon based is this a trend or do they have reasons behind the switch? For example see the ...
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Icons and colors on menus

I wonder when (if at all) it is appropriate to use icons next to menu entries (drop down menus, right click contextual menus etc). I have noticed that pretty much all of the menus I have seen only ...
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How to Find the Best Icon to Represent a Concept?

I am developing a visual programming language, and after reading this paper it looks as if icons are a very good solution to improve the language and increase understanding. But since I am a ...