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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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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Do visual metaphors get outdated? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Save icon, is the floppy disk icon dead? When designing UI, metaphors are important aspects, no doubt to that. But I often come across when picking the right metaphor is ...
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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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Multiple choice with Yes, No and 'No answer'

I am working on a Quiz Application for Multiple Choice question. Instead of normal Multiple Choice Questions with the two answers yes and no. I am working on one that allows a user to abstain to a ...
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Most intuitive settings icon [closed]

I'm designing a user interface for a WPF app. I was wondering which icon is the most intuitive to represent a Settings section. In my experience a single/multiple cog wheels seems to be the most ...
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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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What is better better for the main buttons: icons or text? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When to use icons vs. icons with text vs. just text links? I'm currently making a ticket system, but I don't know what would be better, icons for the main buttons or ...
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What icon can I use to represent Facebook share action for iOS? [closed]

I am now working on the interface for iPad app where one of the most frequently used feature is "Share to Facebook". I am wondering what would be the best way to represent this action. Most of the ...
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Good image to represent “Publishers” [closed]

I'm looking for a symbol or image to represent publishers. In most situations it will include the text "publishers", but nonetheless I would like the symbol to make some link. The best that I can ...
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What's the best “show navigation” icon for limited screen space

I read through the article and comments on "We need a standard show navigation icon for responsive web design" by Andy Clarke and it got me thinking about the subject and I'd like to hear your ...
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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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App icons borderless or on a button?

In an app, when using icons, we can have place it on a button, or have the icon borderless. I would think that having it on a button gives better affordance, but it seems that many reputable ...
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Need to learn the right way to use fonts colors on my site? [closed]

I want to learn web design to make good-looking websites. I have learned CSS, JavaScript, HTML quite well. But I need to be able to choose the right fonts, colors, backgrounds, images, etc. I want to ...
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What kind of iconography or image could be used to denote Beginner vs. Expert users? [closed]

I'm looking to segment users to either go down a path where there is a wizard-like UI that walks the user through a process. The alternative is a path for advanced users who are already familiar with ...
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What is the best way to graphically display item's position in a ranking?

My app has a table containing a list of financial securities. One of the columns is the security's position in a list of all available securities ranked by performance. For example: security XYZ is ...
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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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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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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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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 ...