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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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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Why is everything becoming flatter? [duplicate]

Things in the design world seem to be getting flatter! I can produce infinite examples; iOS7, Windows 8 (and everything else in Windows 8), Pepsi, the Dropbox logo, even things outside the computer ...
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How to best indicate navigation menu on mobile

What's the best way to indicate the navigation menu on mobile devices? I see this three-bar icon being used a lot, but do users really understand what it means? Wouldn't a button simply saying ...
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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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How can I show a traffic device modes? [closed]

I'm developing a software and need to show my device (a signal light controller) modes. The device may be in smart mode (automatically controlling signals based on sensors data and advanced ...
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Approach for designing iOS themed icons representing ranks

I am creating an educational web app for a desktop browser that looks similar to an iPhone app using the default web stack composed of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. I am wondering if it would be more ...
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Alternative method of displaying notification alert to user with awkward icons

Due to the awkward nature of my notification icon, I've been forced to settle with a red dot near the notifications icon, which seems less than ideal from a UX point of view particularly because it ...
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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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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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“Other/Miscellaneous” Icon Metaphor

We're designing an interface for task managament app for tablet and mobile app and there are two main category with "Waiting Tasks" and "Other Tasks". I once used three dot (...) icon metaphor for ...
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What are your thoughts on using iconography to represent complex ideas?

I think we're all aware that iconography is most effective when communicating simple/established/conventional ideas that can be understood without any words at all - like search, print, share, etc. ...
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What is the best way to convey to a user a reason for failure using an icon?

I have a scenario where the user needs to test a connection by clicking on a button. Once clicked, they will be provided one of the follow results: successful (check mark icon) and failed (red x icon) ...
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How to interpret wcag2.0 guidelines on contrast for buttons and icons

The accessibility guidelines from the W3C offer neat and usable guidelines for creating text that is readable for everyone. There are a number of very useful tools for checking contrast levels, so ...
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Which icons are the easiest to read, solid or hollow?

With io7, Apple made a switch in the tabbars to icons that for the most part are line based. In other places, such as their app icons they are using mostly solid icons. That made me wonder if there is ...
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What icon or symbol for endorse/ promote/ support? [closed]

Hi I'm working on an app that involves talents showing off their skills and what not, and users can endorse/ support them to get a chance to win a grand prize. My problem is with using a heart icon, ...
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What's a good icon for “wrong order”? [closed]

I need to show a feedback icon when someone selects the right item but in the wrong order. here's my best so far: Update: Part of the complication is that I dont want to have 3 or 4 icons for ...
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Logical Operator Icons

I'm building a WPF UI for configuring some complex business rules; each rule can have many conditions, so I figured I would include a drop-down list of logical operators so that the user could have ...
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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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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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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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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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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?