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 explains the current shift from glossy UIs to matte UIs?

I've noticed an interesting phenomenon in the user interfaces of many famous applications, they're moving away from the glossy complex to a more dull and bare minimum design. Why the sudden change? ...
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“Out of stock” and “In Stock Again” indication [closed]

I've been asked to design something to indicate when an item is "out of stock" and "in stock again" and I really don't want to use "cross" and "tick"... Do you guys have any ideas? A quick note: ...
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What happened to the animated taskbar icons?

I know that there are good reasons to abandon animated icons in a taskbar UI-wise. But good reasons never kept people from doing stupid stuff: So why are there no animated taskbar icons at all ...
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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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What should a toggle switch do when using a multi-select?

When an item in a list has one of two possible states, how should the toggle switch behave when items have been selected that have different states? Neither action is dangerous, but it may act on ...
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Small icon: incoming vs outgoing

Up to now we use the following ascii art to show the difference in our mail/ticket system: --> means "incoming" <-- means "outgoing" But some users complain, that it is not immediately clear ...
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iOS 'Append' Symbol/Icon [closed]

I am working on a calculator app for iOS. I would like to know what an acceptable 'Append' symbol / Icon would be - would it be a downward pointing arrow? A curved arrow? Anything helps, Erway ...
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User navigation icons or text based

I am working on a web based hosted CRM personal project which I will release to public ones it is done. My goal is to create a CRM with absolutely zero to none learning or training requirement. To do ...
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'Liking' Sensitive Events on Social Media: Contextual Icons and Words for Approval/Agreement

Prompted by recent events. The use of a Like icon (whether thumbs up or otherwise) is fine on social media for lots of things, but certain subjects and events should not be "liked" or use such a ...
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position of lens icon in auto suggest field

Can some one suggest which is the best place for keeping lens icon for auto suggest/ auto complete field from usability point of view? I have seen most of the sites keeping it on the right side of the ...
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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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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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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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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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Different ways to show photo being selected with tag

I am trying to do a UI that show a photo (or box) being selected and tagged. For example: http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles/59549/projects/3012199/8c0a114a08fa35bfbb0e6bc32936a525.jpg Original ...
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“Tool” or “target” on vacuum cleaner pedal?

I always get confused by the icons on my vacuum cleaner pedal. Take a look at the upper icon. Is that icon representing 1) The tool. I.e. "Your now using the pedal without the brush" (ergo, on a ...
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What is the origin / meaning of the icon used for “database”?

I've never really understood what this icon, that looks like an oil drum and is commonly used to refer to a database, is actually supposed to represent. What is it? As a matter of fact, I've ...
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Symbols to represent dynamic items

This problem is not new to me. An user can have multiple interests, so he will check some items that is presented to him. For this example. Ten items of interest. So he will mark as interested in ...
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CRM Icons for 'Leads, contacts and accounts' [closed]

This is a fairly straightforward question. I'm trying to grab icons for a CRM application. These icons are related to people and companies. Now a person could be an existing 'Contact' and a company ...
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Travel Info Related Icons

I have developed an Android App and have chosen the icons as shown below. I am not quite sure if everyone can understand these icons and their relevance. Is there any way I can make them more ...
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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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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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Opens in a new window icon placement

When using an icon to represent a link I believe the standard convention is [icon] [Link]. A colleague has raised the point that for links that open in a new window, the icon should appear after the ...
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Need icons for SQL datatypes [closed]

I'm looking for icons which could be used to visually represent the various datatypes of SQL Server (for a nice db-doco). Is such a thing out there somewhere (commercially or public domain) or would I ...
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How to make icons representing users differentiable when users do not have the same role/importance

Consider the administration part of a web application. I want to display the list of all users, with a hierarchical structure like this: admin 1 - sub admin 1 - sub admin 2 - simple user 1 - ...
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What is jqueryUI trying to represent with their new search icon?

JqueryUI seems to have a new site design. They seem to have opted for unusual icon for their search box. Viewing the source yeilds: /* Font Awesome uses the Unicode Private Use Area (PUA) to ...
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icon system for network connectivity? [closed]

I'm working on a business app that will have an offline mode and I'm curious what would be a good icon system to use as a status icon for the user? Since its a mobile app I was thinking of something ...
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How should you represent a short Unordered list

I have a list of exactly 2 steps a user can follow either the first or the second can be completed first, both have to be completed for the next action to occur. I have large circular icons which ...
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Navigation for a Web Comic - Icons, or Thumbnails?

The typical webcomic navigation is usually: First | Previous | Next | Last Which is about how my comic's current navigation looks, give or take some wingding icons for good measure: There's ...
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how to indicate 'what a venue is like right now'

I'm making an app that shows tweets and images about places as a feature to allow users do decide if it sounds like a fun place to go or not. My problem is I don't know how to indicate this to users. ...
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What design should I use to represent multi-touch video controls?

I am creating app for multitouch devices which has big screen (22 inches and more). It would be application for presenting content (mainly video content) to people who would be passed through the room ...
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Sliding Drop Down Menu Icon - How do I make it more obvious?

A website we've build is based on a 200px x 200px grid system, each item in the grid represents a link to somewhere on the site, or does something specific. (5x4 boxes in size) It's meant as some ...
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Star vs Bookmark icon for favorites [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Most intuitive favorite icon Which conveys the concept of favorites better? I'm working on a news reader, and this could be a desirable feature.
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What should be ideal date on calendar icon?

I am designing a calendar icon for an app, I am putting a random date right now on it, what should be ideal date that I should put. Is there any usability research done on the same? I know the best ...
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Tooltip Verbage: “This will prevent changes” vs “Currently allowing changes”

I have a series of inputs used to allocate a large budget into smaller groups. Once a group is changed, the rest would auto-complete with the remaining budget percentage. We would like to be able to ...
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visually distinguish favorite items and wishlist items [closed]

So I have a list which is a mix of "wishlist" locations that a user wants to visit and "favorite" locations that a user has visited and liked. (physical locations e.g. restaurants, coffee shops, bars) ...
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What's the best way to differentiate Users from Groups of Users using icons? [closed]

Think admin panels. I am using an icon with 2 persons (like ) to indicate the "user management" section of an app I'm developing. However, client has asked me to enable group creation (as in being ...
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Is there a generally accepted icon for the “Submit” button? [closed]

I'm developing an Android application that presents the user with a search form, then presents a list of matching results after the query has been submitted. The results will be displayed on a ...
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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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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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“Send by text/SMS” - is there a standard icon?

"SMS" has proven to confuse some younger users in usertesting. The envelope icon is reserved for email. Is there an established or emerging standard that says "send this by text message"?
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Can icons improve readability on a navigation?

Our app has many tools and we have a navigation of about 10 tabs. Tabs can be re-arranged and this forces the user to find them by reading the label. Would icons make it more usable?
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Is Apple's or Google's meaning of the three-horizontal-bar icon more popular?

Apple and Google are going head-to-head to define meaning of the three-horizontal-bars icon: In iOS this icon means "drag me to rearrange items in a list" while Google Chrome's version means "click ...
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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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Email address/app icon : is “@” sign still relevant today?

I have a doubt about the appropriateness of using the @ sign on an icon, to mean something related to email. For instance, a project I am involved into uses it the following ways: On a contact ...
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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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Is “Favicon Rain” adding or taking away from UX?

I plan on releasing site a new site in a few months. I made some "favicon rain" just for fun... basically a 16px by 16px favicon in circle form appears at some random x position on the screen, floats ...
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Icons, their Cognitive Effect and Scientific References

As part of may daily intake of UX vitamins, I was questioning myself the following. We use pretty much icons in our everday activities. We use them on computers or in cereal boxes, and we expect them ...
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Icon for internal search vs web (google) search [closed]

I'm designing a book reader, where I need to search functions: Search inside the book, and search on Google. How do I differentiate the icons without using Google's logo?
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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 ...