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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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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User interactions with file systems

I was in a meeting the other day discussing file formats with my colleagues. I was not happy with the outcome. Long story short, the key point made was that you cannot trust a user to keep the file ...
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Changing a visual object as it is dragged

Imagine that you have an interface with two principal panes: a map and a timeline. We want to enable our user to be able to select a job displayed on the map (for instance, "repair washing machine at ...
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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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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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Display temporary action in table

I have a table with a bunch of data in it that needs to be reviewed by a manager. The requirement is when they review a line of data (ie, a customer order), they can click something to indicate ...
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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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Does having different functionality for the same button on different screen cause a usability issue?

Within two different screens of a product I'm designing I would like to use an icon for a secondary action. In both screens using an icon with an X in it seems the most logical choice, although the ...
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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 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 to interpret wcag2.0 guidelines on contrast for buttons and icons

The accessibility guidelines from the W3C offer neat and usable guidelines for creating text that is readable for everyone. There are a number of very useful tools for checking contrast levels, so ...
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Where can I find an official set of iOS (specifically iPad) icons and stencil sets? [closed]

Android have an official set of icons, fonts, colours and stencils, that can be downloaded from their website. However, I have come to design for iPad and I can't find an official download. Do I need ...
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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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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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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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Internal Consistency vs. Consistency across the Industry

Does anyone have any recommendations on how to balance having styles/patterns/icons being consistent to a single website vs following recommended practices/patterns/icons that are popping up across ...
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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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Most appropriate icon for user responsibilities? [closed]

What is the most appropriate icon for user responsibilities/roles (a.k.a. 'charges')?
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Cool/heat and sun/snowflake display on A/C and other machines

This question has been bugging me for years. I remembered it when I read this: Toilet flush buttons In A/C most of the times is easy. Generally there is a snowflake for cooling mode and a sun for ...
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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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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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Is there a reason to use this icon with a confirmation message?

This is the message Sharepoint 2010 gives as a confirmation message for requesting access to a particular site you do not have access to. I am quite confused by the icon - to me this looks like a ...
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Problem with repeated icons

What's the best way to avoid repeating icons on each row, it clutters the layout and takes attention from other important elements.
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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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Why would a key icon not a padlock icon be used to indicate a device keypad is locked?

My cell phone when its keypad is locked (so that it ignores keypresses) displays a small picture of a key on the display. I find it rather confusing - IMO it should be a picture of a padlock which is ...
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“This is Old” state icon [closed]

There are entities that have a state. The states until now are: New (plus) Valid (check) Canceled (X) And now I'm trying to introduce the "this is Old" state. How can I easily tell this to the ...
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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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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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Icon meaning 'requested/allocated'? [closed]

We're looking to get an icon that will convey the meanings of both 'requested' and 'allocated' for our website. The system is an e-learning service, and the icon is intended to be part of a series of ...
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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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Icons to indicate Usage and Dosage [closed]

Looking for suggestions for an icon on our website to indicate correct dosage and usage of medication.
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What are the best icons for cancel, delete and close? [closed]

What's best icon for cancel, delete and close? (i want define 1 icon per situation in my application) i found 1,2 is cancel action what's different between 1,2? / or \ is right? I have ...
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Icon for “show image in lightbox” button (pictogram style) [closed]

The context is an image properties dialog in a CMS backend. Here the backend user has the option to let the website visitor see (a full-size version of the) image in a lightbox when clicking it. ...
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Good icon for configurable products [closed]

I have an eshop that has configurable products, what icon would be best suited for marking the products that have configuration in the category listing. My curent choice is this:
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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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What is a sheet of UX elements called?

The Microsoft Ribbon is a like a tabbed "sheet" of UX icons. It's basically an iconified, horizontal version of an always-open menu. Is there a general name for a group of UX buttons or icons, that ...
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Is it acceptable to implement abbreviated elements and will users know what they mean?

More websites are including icons and visual elements over text allowing for more space and cleaner design. Elements like social icons (FB, Twitter), views, likes, favorite, comments, etc don't ...
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In a desktop application, what are best practise methods to provide a menu of functions

I have a .NET Winforms application that hosts controls to provide different areas of functionality. My normal method in providing a menu to switch between these controls has been a TreeView or a List ...
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Alternative method of displaying notification alert to user with awkward icons

Due to the awkward nature of my notification icon, I've been forced to settle with a red dot near the notifications icon, which seems less than ideal from a UX point of view particularly because it ...
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What are your thoughts on using iconography to represent complex ideas?

I think we're all aware that iconography is most effective when communicating simple/established/conventional ideas that can be understood without any words at all - like search, print, share, etc. ...
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Is there really no better icon for a “company” than a building? [closed]

I want to show the location of different companies within a Google map with icons. Most of the time you see "buildings" used as a company icon. Do you have an interesting alternative?
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Is there an “approved” icon for jump/back five seconds? [closed]

In media players like vlc, we have the option of "jumping" forward and back by a few seconds, a feature I'v always loved. Which icon would you use to display this option, like the triangle for "play" ...
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Icon for rename button [closed]

To add some context to this question, I am currently developing an iOS application and need some advise on the interface. What is the most suitable icon for a 'rename' button? When this button is ...
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Indicate recently answered question

I am working on an web-application form which represented as table rows. These table rows hold item information and can be checked or unchecked. When saved, all checked items are set to be seen by ...
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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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Clarifying unfamiliar tools in a toolbox

If you use Adobe Photoshop to edit your images, there's this toolbox, from which you can select the tool you want to use. I'm designing a similar program than manipulates blueprints instead of ...
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Using icons as checkboxes?

How unusable is it to use icons as checkboxes? It's a cool concept when it is implemented, however I am worried that it is not obvious that the icon is clickable. What are people's opinions about a) ...
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I want to create an icon for increasing/reducing coversize [closed]

So I'm displaying a bunch of book covers from our library catalog (new additions), and I'd like an icon (well really two), that suggests changing the cover size. My other thought would be to have the ...
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Should I use a separate icon if the response will be slow?

I'm currently building the UI for a webapp where users can refresh various bits of content. The speed of this refresh depends on the type of content. In most places this is a very quick operation (max ...
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Delete permanently or temporarily

So I'm in a situation where I need to have two features for a list/grid of items: Remove an item for just this session Remove an item permanently I think a x or trash icon would be fine for the ...