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 adding a sleep to my code to be able to show a loading icon effective for informing the user

I have follow / un follow feature on my website. Currently, you click the button and using PHP and AJAX I change the button background colour. This is a simple action for the website so doesn't take ...
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Verbiage and Icons for Delete vs Remove

In the application I'm working on, we have two forms of getting rid of an item. Delete: Permanently deleting an item from the system. Once removed, the data is gone. Remove: Removing a linked item ...
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Which unicode symbol can I use to symbolize a task needing feedback? [closed]

Unicode provides check marks ✓ and ballot ✗ symbols that can be used to mark a task as having ended with success or with an error. I am wondering which icon, if any, could be used as for a task to ...
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Is there any specific icon to use for a 'New Tab' button? [closed]

I have a button on my web page, this button once clicked will open a new tab and take the user there. I'm just wondering is there any convention on what icon I should use for this button? At the ...
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What is a commonly used, easily identified icon for 'frequently ordered'

I am currently designing an app for ordering food. The user is being shown suggestions according which include his favourites, frequently ordered, popular nearby etc. while the favourites and popular ...
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Alternative icon for email attachments [closed]

The email attachment icon seems to always be the same in every client, a paperclip. There are dozens of examples, and I've included some below: My question: is there a different symbol that could ...
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Navigation items with only icons, icons and words, or only words for a website? [duplicate]

Like on for example a header, would having only icons be confusing for the user, or would having words and icons take up too much space? I think that the icon only design is really clean, but don't ...
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Is there an icon for following/followers? [closed]

It appears most places apps write those words out. Am I blind, or is there not yet a commonplace icon that conveys "Number of Followers" or "Number Following" without those words? Note: I am not ...
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Is there a standard icon for web accessibility?

The International Symbol of Access is a standard icon for building and parking access for people with disabilities. Has this icon, by itself, gained acceptance as a standard icon for web ...
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When to circle a symbol

I was wondering, if you have any basic rule whether to use a symbol, e.g. +, just plain or in a circle, e.g. (+). One example is the star (★) to favorite this very question (on the left hand side), it ...
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Why did Microsoft make all the Office 2013 icons have such similar colours? [closed]

We've just been upgraded from Office 2010 to Office 2013. There's the usual assortment of UI rejigs, most of which are either the modern trends (ultra-flat icons and UIs), fairly neutral, or easily ...
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Need suggestion for icon for 'Unknown File Type' [closed]

I'm working on an attachment upload script for a professional / business website, which will display a list of all attachments with an icon representing their file type. I have icons for most ...
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How many icons are reasonable?

icons are a good way to improve people's ability to remember things. The question is how many icons are reasonable for an enterprise application. I talk about small ~16x16px icons. Currently the ...
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Is a hover tip with a slide out drawer that reveals labels enough to consider the cognitive load hit acceptable?

I'm exploring using icon only navigation for tasks/sub-nav on an education app. The interaction would provide a hover tip and also an arrow at the bottom would expand the menu to show the icon text. ...
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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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Best way to incorporate a call-to-action on an icon (on mobile)

I'm designing an interface to ask for user evaluation on data submitted by other users and I'm stuck on designing simple and effective call-to-action on a counter icon. Context: The favorite is a ...
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When a button contains text and an icon, which should come first?

Assuming I'm optimizing for making it as fast and easy as possible for most users to find the button they need, what's the optimal ordering?
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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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Are 3D icons better than 2D?

I've seen an increase of 3D icons in the recent past. I am not convinced they are better. Instead they may actually be worse because space is taken up by the projection. Is there any evidence as to ...
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What is the best way to show complexity or difficulty rate?

We have a list of missions on one page. We want to highlight difficulty level so the user can choose depend on his skills or how much time do they have. Right now we have stars there. But it is more ...
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Generic action icons or icons per object?

I was wondering if there exist any user research regarding using a more generic icon set (e.g. "Create", "Delete" icons) compared to utilizing specific icons for each object ("Create X", "Delete X" ...
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View an object that sometimes is editable, but sometimes not editable

I have a problem where in a table row I have a set of buttons that defines actions of that specific table row. For instance "delete", "edit" and so on. However, in one instance some of the rows of the ...
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What icons should I use for “search” and “magnify” on the same page? [closed]

A website I'm building requires both the ability to search and the ability to magnify (scale the rendering of the video player). Both of these action are traditionally iconized with a magnifying ...
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Creating an avatar that shows the accuracy/recency of the data to show map position where there are multiple user avatars

So the problem is a follows, I would like to show user's location overlaid on a map, but the geo data for each user is only pulled from the server every 5 minutes or so, thus there is a decrease in ...
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Showing New, Old and “Not Yet Emailed” in a table column through symbols/colours

We have table data displayed to clients where each record can be in one of three states: Not yet emailed Emailed in the last two weeks Previously emailed It's a dashboard system that gathers ...
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Icon design for “I´m going” and “I´m interested” buttons

I am developing an Android application to display a list of upcoming events nearby. When click on a list item, the application display some event info, and also two buttons: The first button ...
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Why do some games represent experience level with stars?

In some games, stars are used to represent a player's experience level. Does anyone know the origin of why people do this? I guess it might be because it represents reaching another milestone but I ...
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How does Windows 7 Aero taskbar determine button hover-state background colour [closed]

This has intrigued me for quite some time. Does anyone know the algorithm Windows 7 Aero uses to determine the colour to use as the mouse-tracking hover highlight on taskbar buttons for ...
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Icon for unmasking passwords (open or closed to begin with)? [duplicate]

What is the convention for showing toggle icons to a user? This question is specific to password unmasking, but it can easily be used in "on / off" icons et al. In our situation, we have an unmask ...
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Should button icons enlarge on hover?

Context: I had done the creative for a web application and sent it to the front end developer to take care of. He took the initiative about 1 aspect that I'm unsure about how it effects users. I ...
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iOS UIBarButtonItems for navigation and sharing

I am creating app and I need in detail page for item add some bar image buttons to rightBarButtonItems of navigation bar. I know that there are several predefined styles but I am not sure which images ...
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Why are those Sign-in/sign-out icon a convention?

I've been recently implementing a custom icon-font & I decided to use those icons for Sign-in/sign-out: My only real reason being that choice is that it seems to be a convention in all major ...
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Icon that inverts the background [closed]

I am a Java swing programmer. I need to know if there can be an icon that shows the inversion of its background. The question might be ridiculous, but I don't want to shut myself up. Just want to know ...
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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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Should toggling icon indicate current status or new status? [duplicate]

I'm working on a data-mgmnt app and came across this deeply philosophical question: I have an icon to represent if a record is locked or not. And if the record is not locked, it can be locked by ...
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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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Best practice for indicating a live connection

I'm working on a project where we, amongst other views, have a grid displaying a list of units around the world and their last given status. Each unit can also have a live connection between itself, a ...
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Are <,> or “Previous,Next” buttons better for form navigation in iOS 7?

Before iOS 7 form navigation in iOS 6 Safari was handled by a "Previous,Next" segmented control just above the keyboard. But with iOS 7 they are replaced with arrows "<,>". However in the iOS ...
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How obvious does an icon need to be for young readers to click to “read more”?

I have a photoblog that I am building, the prototype is on CodePen. The focus in photos, but I also wanted to include a brief set of details. But I wanted this to be unobtrusive for power users that ...
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Is using a partialy shaded sandwich icon more effective the solid sandwich icons

After a sudden realization my mobile banking app that I had been using for 2 weeks had a side menu I started to think about how the sandwich icon is used to indicate a side menus existence. At ...
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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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Is it better to place text above or below icons?

This UX.SE question discusses the use of text above vs. below images & videos, and in general the answers say to put text below images. I'm thinking that it must be different with icons, since ...
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How to determine UI graphic style? [closed]

I'm trying to determine what graphics styles and design features are being used on some recent websites. I am not a UI developer but work with many front ends and I'm not sure how to describe certain ...
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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 ...