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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Do icons need to be consistent across different themes?

I have to do some themes for this mobile app I am designing, the problems is after I sent the first preview of the themes to the client he came back saying that he wants different icons for each ...
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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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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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Icon for ascending-descending sort [closed]

I'm trying to come up with two icons to represent ascending-descending sort order which would allow the user to sort the members ('bars') of a chart/visualization. The control will be a toggle ...
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Do many spinners on a page look good?

Our engineers are making some changes to our RESTful service calls, so on one page we are making many calls to get different contents through different AJAX calls to fetch small amounts of data, ...
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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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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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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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1answer
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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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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 would be a good way to thumbnail audio?

I want to represent an audio file in an image with a maximum size of 180×180 pixels. I have been thinking about something similar to what Soundcloud does, although it will require some chopping and ...
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What would be a good non-religious icon to represent that a person has died? [closed]

I have an application that displays information about people in an organization and their accomplishments in the organization. It is non-religious in nature and members can be of any or no religion. ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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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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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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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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2answers
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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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1answer
305 views

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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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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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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2answers
592 views

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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2answers
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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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“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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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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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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Best practice for Navigation usability? [closed]

I'm currently working on a social network type system, and was wondering about the best practice for navigation. Would it be better to use Icons or Text? I was thinking a mixture, icons for some ...
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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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6answers
956 views

Icon for cancel action to distinguish from delete icon [closed]

I'm dealing with a space sensitive environment where I have a Save/Cancel actions that need to be icons. In the same area the user can also delete items, using something similar to the one in this ...
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Legal stance on using application icons within our product

We're in the process of building an application that has the ability for a user to store their files within it. When they view a certain page within our product, we need to display a list of all the ...
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1answer
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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 ...
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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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Are the Metro UI icons poor for usability?

While looking at Metro UI styles I thought about one of the unique aspects of the icons. Their placement inside circles. E.g. I can imagine that this provides a target like effect, emphasising the ...
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How to indicate a form-field error?

I have two candidates for indicating that a form field is in an error state. Option 1 Option 2 Should the error icon be in the field, or next to the label? Or something else? Or does it not ...
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Up arrow for increase, Down arrow for decrease, what for no change?

We have a web application that lists prices of a stocks and we have a requirement to indicate a movement. When there's an increase in price we add an up arrow, where there's a decrease in price we add ...
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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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Why is the smart icon purple? [closed]

I was looking for an icon to represent a "smart folder" and when I did a search on Google, most of the icons came up as: A folder icon (may or may not be purple) Plus a "gear" icon (may or may not ...