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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When are shadowless icons preferred over shadowed icons?

My question is when, if ever, a shadowless version of an icon is preferred over the shadowed version. By shadowed I mean the tiny, almost imperceptible little black gaussian blur below the icon. I ...
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Multiple icons/indicators on a table row

I am creating a table that lists all of the people in a group (75-125 people). I need to flag certain people with key roles in this group so they can be identified at a glance. There could be up to 10 ...
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Inline validation icon usability

I have been looking at the styling for validation of input forms of Bootstrap, and wondered if there was a specific reason for where the icons used for inline input validation is positioned. I ...
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What is the correct usage for toggling triangle icons (down/up) on a click-to-reveal link?

I'm working on a UI where users can toggle a button to show or hide a div. On the 1st click, the div appears below the button with a slide-down effect. On 2nd click, the div slides up to hide. ...
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Triple-state toggle: 'turn on', turn off', 'auto turn on and off'

Currently I'm working on some software settings screen, and there are a number of features, that could be turned on and off manually, but also kept in kind of 'wait mode'. If a feature is in 'wait ...
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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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Does Computer mean Desktop and Laptops?

I'm creating a step-by-step chart which specifies to users that we suggest them to be on a desktop (or laptop) to properly use our system. It's a web browser system, and it uses extensive text input, ...
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Most intuitive icon to represent “me” or “myself” [closed]

For example, in a shopping cart, I may buy this purchase for myself ("me" / "myself" icon), as opposed to gifting it to someone else (box with bow-tie icon). What is the ideal icon to represent ME?
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How would you represent “easy”?

I'm working on an app that requires someone to rate the how they did at recalling an item (to which they are shown the correct answer before they rate the item). The three options are: wrong, right, ...
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An icon to represent all icons [closed]

I would like to know if there is a universal approved Icon to represent all Icons. I have a folder that contains all of my custom designed icons. I would like to design and create a custom Icon, 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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Would you consider this a button? [closed]

I am working on a web interface and I want to emphasize a portion of it and make it attractive for people to click on it, which will show additional content (with a 3d css flip animation). The first ...
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Icon to “Reset camera view” [closed]

Imagine you work in some 3D application where you can control the camera and view data graphs from different points of view, controlling camera position and direction. Sometimes you might get lost in ...
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would you find it confusing if a megaphone icon was used to represent a phone call? [closed]

Bit of an odd question, and I can't go into all the circumstances why I'm asking this, but anyway: would you find it confusing if a megaphone icon was used instead of a cellphone or telephone icon to ...
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Generation dependent icon set?

When I started my computing carrer in the 1980s the tool we used were very different from those used today. At first there was no possability to even save ones work. You had to write down your code on ...
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Good metaphor for time estimation vs. spent time

Representing time generally is easy with a clock, an hourglass etc. But how would you differentiate between a time estimation and the actual time spent on a task? Do you know of any example where ...
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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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Iconography for Beginning and End points? [closed]

I'd like to create icons for the endpoints of a process, but I'm not sure what to use. Going with "A" and "B" comes to mind as that's a familiar reference (e.g. "the shortest distance from A to B") ...
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Should icons be used to represent “name” and “surname” in a form?

Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems to me that the use of icons inside form fields is becoming very popular, especially in signup and login forms: Now, for email and password fields, I can see that the ...
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appropriate international icon for “deals” [closed]

We (like so many other startups) are developing an iPhone app that contains a "local deals" tab. (Discounts on meals at restaurants, etc.) I am trying to figure out what would be the best icon to use ...
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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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Communicating a three stage grade of alert

In our web application there's a view where we display the stress on a hardware component. This will be displayed with a percentage value in different colour codes combined with an icon where 100% ...
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Why does 'X' mean close? [duplicate]

It's well known that X symbol means close (and in some contexts dismiss or hide), but why/where was this symbol initially chosen? My only thought was that when you want to "cancel" information on ...
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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 is a good icon for “notifications” tab? [closed]

We're trying to fit a nice notifications tab icon for our app. However, we couldn't find a global icon to define notifications. Facebook uses a globe (we can't use that, as we use globe to ...
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What indicates Zoom uniquely?

While reading a slideshow on How People Really Use the iPhone. It seemed a lot of users are confused when looking for a "zoom" icon; finding the magnifying glass to mean "search" and the plus sign to ...
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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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Icon/asset catalog for development

A friend of mine currently is going through process of face-lifting existing application and it's nightmare when it comes to icons for buttons. For example there are five different icons for ...
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How to indicate a user is a full member or just a regular member?

I'm looking for some nice ways to visualize whether a user is a full member or a regular member. Assume a Facebook-style website with full membership option. The profiles will be displayed as blocks ...
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What's an in between for a big red X and a big green check mark? [closed]

I'm trying to find ideas for a good, iconic, or not so iconic but still works, in between of a big red X and a green check mark. The context is in a feedback popup to a short 3 - 5 question quiz that ...
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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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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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Where did the term 'copy to clipboard' originate? Why is it a Clipboard?

I've always been interested to know where the term 'copy to clipboard' originated, and do we use it because we've grown familiar to it? I'm assuming this phrase originated a while ago when we used ...
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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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Why is the settings icon either associated with gears or a wrench + screwdriver

I was wondering what the association between gears and settings is because the symbolism/iconography is not clear to me. I can see that in the old days people might have used the wrench or screwdriver ...
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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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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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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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How to explain best that there is more to a headline? (Icon, Text, etc)

We want to show "news headlines" within a google map (the news where it happend). The news will show up in speech bubbles. Only the headline will be shown first. If a user want to read more, he has ...
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Icon for collapsing/expanding left side panel on tablet [closed]

I'm struggling to find a good icon to represent to users that while reading an article or something similar, they can click a small icon to reveal a left side panel to show additional options. I've ...
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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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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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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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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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Symbol for additional content present in a passive display

I have a digital signage application in which a portion/row can show a max of 3 blocks of information at a time. The number of total blocks vary from 2 to 6, in which 90% will only contain 2 or 3. On ...
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Best uses of ? (help) and i (information) icons in UI

What are the best standards of usage for the help and information icons? (I'm unable to post an image because I am a new user, but the icons are either a ? or an i in a circle, most commonly) The ...
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Where to position Back and Home buttons?

When you watch tv on a tablet via an app, where do you put the "Back" icon and where do you put the "Home" button?
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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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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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Appropriate icon for score [closed]

I'm designing a quizz with jQuery. It has 4 counters: "correct answer", "wrong answer", "timer" and "score". Each counter has a little icon describing the counter. I have found good jQuery UI icons ...