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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An icon that represents “End Game” in iPhone app [closed]

I'm stumped. I would like to have an icon in the toolbar that represents "End Game". My app is a scorekeeping app, and when the user wants to end the game and start with a fresh scoreboard, they would ...
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Search Icon vs Search Input Box - Both Require One Click/Touch: Which to use?

I'm working on a mobile site of a rather large site. There are quite a few iA and navigation hurdles already, so I'm pushing to use a search icon instead of a traditional search input box. My ...
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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 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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How best to describe ranking and prizes using icons?

I have a site with an online game, there is a ranking of players. For each game the player gets points which are summed up in their ranking. During the game I want to show how much the player won ...
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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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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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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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Where can I find guidelines on when to use the red octagon with exclamation mark icon in Mac OS?

This icon is shown under Mac OS when a disk is unmounted without being ejected first. It is sometimes also used by other applications. Can someone point me to a place where the acceptable uses for ...
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What's a good metaphor for code? [closed]

I'm playing with a user interface, with options like "preview", "view code", "drag and drop" and the such, and am creating icons for them. What would have the meaning of "code"? I was thinking ...
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Is it better to use generic icons for 3rd party branded software or system specific icons?

I am developing a program that saves Word documents. We develop on Mac OSX (in a Virtual Machine) and as such the Word Icon we have used is the Mac-specific word icon (which makes no sense when ...
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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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funnel or checklist icon [closed]

I am looking for an icon to act as filter button (which on click will show a box with the filter options) So I've seen a couple of results on google for filter icon and I've only seen by now funnels ...
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Appropriate Icon for “Load” Button? [closed]

I'm tasked with redoing part of the UI in one of our desktop applications. I've specifically been asked to replace a "Load" button with an icon. Are there any conventions for this style of icon? ...
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What symbol(s) best represent the action of “connecting”? [closed]

What symbol(s) best represent the action of "connecting"? I need an icon that represents a "connection" - specifically, a connection between people. Let's say there is a button to "connect" with ...
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What is a good icon for sorting reddit links? [closed]

In a Reddit client for iOS I'm writing, the user must be able to sort links by popularity, creation date, score and controversial. The user must tap a button to get to a sheet allowing him/her to ...
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Icon for Active (open) document/record [closed]

I am working on creating an icon that depicts active/inactive state. On this system the user will be working with a number of people records. There is a list with various peoples names and an ...
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Are grayscale buttons with icons usable and effective?

The image here is old gmail new gmail, when no mail is selected new gmail, when mail is selected new delicious To me, the buttons are unlabeled and tough to discover. I don't believe the ...
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Appropriate icon for: Activate [closed]

In an application were developing there is a window containing a table holding 2-5 rows. A metaphor for the context could be that the table identifies a gearbox of a car and each row is a gear in the ...
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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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Where should the GUI light source come from?

I know that historically the light source on GUIs is in the upper left, casting a shadow on the bottom-right of buttons and the upper left of fields. Now, I see some places (like Apple) use a top ...
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Is there an established way of representing Single Sign On with an icon? [closed]

I'm wracking my brains trying to think of representing Single Sign On iconographically. Is there a common way this is done?
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What are two good unicode characters I can use to represent “Likes” and “Dislikes”? [closed]

I'll be displaying YouTube Like/Dislike ratings for videos in a text-based format, so I'm using unicode's vast icon codepages as a way to display various things (such as star ratings, using U+2605 ...
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Mouse usage pictograms

Is there a set of standard pictograms to explain using the mouse to navigate the interface? I would like to have icons for dragging an object, scrolling the mouse wheel above the object and similar. ...
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How do you create or select an icon for a feature?

How do you work out what icon type or image you need for a feature? There's been quite a lot of very small questions here in the form of "What is a good icon for feature X?". Instead we should be ...
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How to indicate the word “interesting” with an icon? [closed]

In the project I am currently working on everything is based around the essence of "interests". One of the most important and bold UI elements in this project, is a button that when pressed gives us ...
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What's a good icon for a compilation process? [closed]

I'm building a tool that wraps around an automated compilation and testing process; the user selects one or multiple versions they want to test and instructs the software to either start the process ...
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Detail disclosure button for non-iOS devices

On iOS devices, Apple uses a Detail disclosure button for additional details that are aside from the main list navigation. The image below is taken from the iOS HIG. Another example of this can be ...
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Best image to convey 'Request Support'?

I'm working on a web application, one part of it has a table showing all the accounts a user has on a service, and allows them to click a button to request support with the account. The icon is ...
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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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Good icon for “suggestion” [closed]

I have a feature which, given the information entered so far, suggests a more complete version of what the user is entering. I'm thinking that when I have something I can suggest, I will show an icon ...
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Universal blog icon? [closed]

How do I tell users I'm referring them to a blog? This is within a mobile app. I realize it could be a Wordpress/Tumblr icon, but that's subject to the company's logo change and I was just wondering ...
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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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How to differentiate icons for *client* from *server* IT services (mail, web, filesharing and so on)

I need to design a UI that includes widgets to control a server computer, and a client computer. This means I'll be doing similar pairs of icons for mail (mail program vs mail server), web (browser ...
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2answers
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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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Icons for clearing / canceling / deleting? [closed]

I have to design set of icons for 'clear search results', 'delete', 'close' and 'cancel' that due to specifics of the app might be sitting on the same toolbar side by side. Also the size is 16x16px ...
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Icon for “title” and “subtitle” [closed]

I am creating a template for TV programme details. For each programme, I have a title and a subtitle. Instead of writing "Title" and "Subtitle" in full, I was thinking of using an icon. What icon ...
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Suggestions for icons for windows applications [closed]

I would appreciate if anybody could give me suggestion to create icons for Preview, Advisor, Settings, Reports, Report a Problem. Please keep in mind all these icons are for a print application for ...
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4answers
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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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What are best icons to identify/distinguish TCP and UDP connections [closed]

I have a desktop application that serves as a smart, software-based router. Each of multiple nodes in the GUI can be either a UDP or TCP connection. We have the following status icons for the node: ...
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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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Best resources to make great reusable UI elements (icons/buttons/etc)? [closed]

I'm new to "crafting UIs", but I've been doing User Experience / Interaction design for a while. Being unable to design my own graphics has been a serious handicap for my work as I'm dependent on ...
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Where does one look for and what should one look for in hiring an icon designer? [closed]

I've got a small app I wrote, which is open source. I'd like to put a nice looking icon on the app; one that isn't going to be used by every other program on the face of the earth for being a stock ...
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Icon for “factory reset” [closed]

I'm having a hard time finding an appropriate icon for "factory reset". At the moment, I have a "warning" icon, but I am looking for something less aggressive and more to the point.
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What's an appropriate icon to represent an organisation? [closed]

Ok, so I need to use an icon to represent organisations in an otherwise boring list. What comes to my mind directly is either using something financially related, such as a small stack of coins, or ...
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Icon/Symbol to Represent “Done”? [closed]

I have a quiz-based application where users can leaf between questions and select answers. When they're done, there's a "done" button they click. I don't really have polished graphics skills, so I ...
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Icon for suspend and reinstate user for admin use [closed]

There is a list of user in a Gridview and there is a column for each row to suspend and reinstate a suspended user. What should be a good icon for this ?
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Icon for number of “lives” remaining [closed]

I am writing a game for which the user has a set amount of "lives". Each time he makes a mistake, he loses a life. When the "lives" counter reaches 0, the game is over. What would be an appropriate ...
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Symbol for “Swipe Left” [closed]

I'm working on an app that displays a list of ten items (text items) on the screen at a time. If there are more than ten items, the user should be able to "swipe" from right to left to see the next ...