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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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 - ...
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Is there any specific icon to use for a 'New Tab' button? [closed]

I have a button on my web page, this button once clicked will open a new tab and take the user there. I'm just wondering is there any convention on what icon I should use for this button? At the ...
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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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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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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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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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Feedback required on Iconography with labels for Payment Method

I am trying to understand the merits of having labels with my icons. Need your opinion on : Clarity of labels in addition to their way of presentation. Approach One Prepaid (Netbanking, Credit ...
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What symbol(s) can represent difficulty level in the context of a game?

In short: How to indicate that a numeric display represents the difficulty level? I'm looking for a symbol that represents the concept of ever-increasing difficulty level, in the context of a casual ...
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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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Iconography for verbatim vs. paraphrase

The system I'm currently working on includes phrases which the operators (call centre) must read to customers. Some can be paraphrased (i.e. "Your installation will happen on 01/01/2001" may 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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Pagination icons for next set of results?

Our search results page has pagination. We have links with the numbers one thru five to let the user navigate to the second, third, fourth, or fifth page of search results. After the number five, we ...
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What icons should I use for “search” and “magnify” on the same page? [closed]

A website I'm building requires both the ability to search and the ability to magnify (scale the rendering of the video player). Both of these action are traditionally iconized with a magnifying ...
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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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Vertical position of icons in buttons

Software interface design: What is the correct vertical position of an icon in a button? Either at the bottom line to the text or centered with the text?
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Icons that represent same languages / different countries? [duplicate]

We're re-building this app for a client and he already has several language choices, including: English (US), English (UK) and English (AU) as well as Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin America). Of ...
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Icon design for map/satellite image flip? [closed]

I have an app with a map page. The map page features an icon that should be placed on the map in order to query a coordinate. I would like to toggle between map and satellite mode, since in certain ...
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Should “delete” and “cancel” be icon or text in mobile application?

Designing an interface for an android app, I stumbled upon a paradox and I'm a bit confused about what to do and why to do. Context User wants to delete his/her post's comments.
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Icon design for “I´m going” and “I´m interested” buttons

I am developing an Android application to display a list of upcoming events nearby. When click on a list item, the application display some event info, and also two buttons: The first button ...
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Is using a partialy shaded sandwich icon more effective the solid sandwich icons

After a sudden realization my mobile banking app that I had been using for 2 weeks had a side menu I started to think about how the sandwich icon is used to indicate a side menus existence. At ...
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Are there any commonly used icons that don't internationalize well? [closed]

I am a UX designer for a software company, and our product has been translated for the following: French German Italian Spanish Romanian Japanese Chinese Are there any icons that are commonly used ...
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Symbols to represent dynamic items

This problem is not new to me. An user can have multiple interests, so he will check some items that is presented to him. For this example. Ten items of interest. So he will mark as interested in ...
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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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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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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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Windows desktop icon guidelines

Are there any modern guidelines for how icons should look in desktop Windows? I'm particularly interested in toolbar icons right now, but I'm hoping for some general icon guidance. The Windows ...
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Should mobile slideout menu close icon indicate direction of view change or UI movement?

Building a responsive site for a big consumer brand, and we're using a hamburger slideout menu from the right. This slideout will move the content off screen to the left, rather than sliding out over ...
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Hamburger Icon/Android Iconography Guidelines

I have the Hamburger/Menu icon in the top left corner of the app in the Action Bar. I know that the normal action bar items (which are on the right) have specific rules about size and opacity (like 60 ...
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Is it better to use a warning icon, error icon, or no icon at all for login problems in a mobile app?

Is it better to use a warning icon, error icon, or no icon at all for login problems in a mobile app? Problems that may happen: Invalid/Incorrect email Wrong mail/password Connection errors
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View an object that sometimes is editable, but sometimes not editable

I have a problem where in a table row I have a set of buttons that defines actions of that specific table row. For instance "delete", "edit" and so on. However, in one instance some of the rows of 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 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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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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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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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 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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How to design icons that convey multiple parameters?

I have a game in which I need to display icons on a map denoting the presence of other players. Each player has multiple parameters -- friend/foe; age; team; estimated direction of movement etc. I ...
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What icon and label to represent discreet mode

I am building a wealth management application and by default any screen shows numbers (money, percentage gain/lost) in quite a large font. This is useful in most cases as the important information is ...
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Is there a way to represent information with an icon in flat UI or have they to be always actionable?

I would like to represent a file status (i.e. "needs to be reviewed", "done" etc.) through an icon. However, in flat UI you can't distinguish an actionable from a non-actionable icon due to lack of ...
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Icon or text to un-sync/revert changes

In the context of file management across multiple devices- I would like to provide users with option to "un-sync" or revert synced changes that where made on other devices. The syncing is done ...
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What is a commonly used, easily identified icon for 'frequently ordered'

I am currently designing an app for ordering food. The user is being shown suggestions according which include his favourites, frequently ordered, popular nearby etc. while the favourites and popular ...
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Approach for designing iOS themed icons representing ranks

I am creating an educational web app for a desktop browser that looks similar to an iPhone app using the default web stack composed of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. I am wondering if it would be more ...
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What's a good icon for “wrong order”? [closed]

I need to show a feedback icon when someone selects the right item but in the wrong order. here's my best so far: Update: Part of the complication is that I dont want to have 3 or 4 icons for ...
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What are good idle vs non-idle (busy) state icons [closed]

I'm not really sure what an intuitive idle state and non-idle state icon could be. I was thinking an hour glass would be great for non-idle (busy) state. Does anyone have any good suggestions or ...
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iOS 'Append' Symbol/Icon [closed]

I am working on a calculator app for iOS. I would like to know what an acceptable 'Append' symbol / Icon would be - would it be a downward pointing arrow? A curved arrow? Anything helps, Erway ...