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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Selected state of two icons--clarity

We are designing a site that has list and grid views. We are having a heated discussion about which design shows more clearly that the grid view is selected. So I turn to you: Which version shows ...
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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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Displaying a “waiting to download” message within an iPad app

I am designing an app that will require data to be pulled from our main servers, and upon the first use of the app, there is one screen that will take a few minutes for all data to load. I've been ...
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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 ...
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Are glyphs of a tortoise and hare understood to indicate speed cross cultures?

In North America the Aesop fable about the tortoise and the Hare is well known, and glyphs of a tortoise (turtle) and hare (rabbit) are understood to represent varying speeds. Is this generally the ...
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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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What icon to use for archive and for restore? [closed]

In our web-app there is a message centre with a time-line of communications. We let the user move instances of these into what we are calling an archive. On each of the listed messages there appears a ...
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How do I tell the user a filter is active

I have a button in my interface that when clicked show a listbox so the user can apply a filter by those items she has selected. It looks like this: My question is: How do I tell the user there is ...
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Is it ok to have two buttons with similar functionality?

I am currently working on a system that involves removing sections of an application and rows in a table. Do you think it acceptable to have one remove button and one cancel button (x icon) which do ...
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Too many text-only buttons

I support a rich client line-of-business Windows application. Several of my forms have started to get bogged down with an array of buttons specific to that form. These buttons have historically been ...
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Why is the settings icon either associated with gears or a wrench + screwdriver

I was wondering what the association between gears and settings is because the symbolism/iconography is not clear to me. I can see that in the old days people might have used the wrench or screwdriver ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which symbol to use for switching to the english version of a site? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to graphically represent a language We are currently in the process of introducing an English version of a website which used to be just German. Current version of ...
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Better options to show Open and Save option for each file in a list

A list of all input files is shown. User can click ‘Create Output Files’ to create output files for each input file. Now when all output files are created, ‘Create Output Files’ button becomes ...
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Workflow and icon status [closed]

I'm designing a new web app for my company. This web app allows the users to check some orders. For each order, we envisage to have the following status : I wonder which icon we should use to ...
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ECommerce design: Collective price display vs No. of items

Often on sites of an ecommerce nature, a shopping cart icon will display in the site header/toolbar together with a quick summary of the users activity. This will usually be in the form of either: ...
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Icon to convey “New,” to be placed next to new features in a web-based app. Any successful precedents/examples? [closed]

I am needing to create an icon to flag new features in our site (such as proprietary search filters, to start). We'd like this to be consistent and recognizable for all kinds of new feature roll-outs ...
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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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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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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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Icon Ideas for Logging Out but not Exiting a WinForms Application [closed]

Firstly, I am going to put text with the icons, so the user won't be completely clueless and as confused as a whale hurtling through the air from a great height. Our WinForms application's user ...
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How to indicate a control's value is pending submission

In the application that I'm currently working on, the user is allowed to make changes to a subset of data from an external data source. Changes are made using basic or custom controls such as Toggle ...
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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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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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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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What is the use of a play icon with line next to it

We got a few general music player icons for playing and manipulating playlists. > = play tune >> = hold to move backwards in tune (or skip to next tune) << = hold to move forward in ...
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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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What is an icon or symbol that denotes 'automatic'? [closed]

What is an icon or symbol that denotes 'automatic' ? More details: Working on an application where there will be a list of bills, some with an actionable button inline that says 'Pay', and others are ...
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What's a good icon to represent testing? [closed]

Looking for an icon that could represent "click here for significance testing" I have seen scales, bell curves, etc. Looking for other ideas and/or graphic sources.
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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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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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Is there any good idiom for 'real time' or 'live' data? [duplicate]

The floppy disk is a good idiom for 'save', is there any good one for 'real time' or 'live' data? I haven't found much on the interweb: 'fast text', this is meant for IM A LOT of clocks in ...
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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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Icon resembling “History” [closed]

I wrote a application for smart phones (it'll be opensource, so no money involved in case you mind) which displays historic events which happend today some years ago, in other words, you would call ...
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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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Logical Operator Icons

I'm building a WPF UI for configuring some complex business rules; each rule can have many conditions, so I figured I would include a drop-down list of logical operators so that the user could have ...
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Do images (icons/glyphs) on buttons improve usability?

I'm working on a desktop application where most of the buttons just have text on them. Putting images (icons/glyphs) on the buttons does make the application look more attractive, but does it improve ...
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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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Usage of an arrow to symbolize ordering: is this a universal symbol? Should something else be used?

When displaying tabular data, is the usage of an arrow, an universal symbol? (To symbolize if we're ordering in ascendant or descending order.) I'm trying to figure out, if my developer tool, should ...
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Icon Representation Ideas. [closed]

I'm looking for some black and white/transparent icons that represent the following words and semantic concepts: General - general settings area. Header - settings for a site's header. Frontpage - ...