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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What Icon Would be Appropriate for the Highest Authority User [on hold]

Say I'm showing buttons and next to certain people (the super admins), what would be the best icon to convey this meaning? Currently I'm using a star icon, which definitely works, but I'm just ...
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Which share icon is most appropriate for web?

Now days there are multiple viable share icons available, but they are mostly mobile OS specific (iOS, WP, Android...). I wonder which icon should I use for the web that most of the users would ...
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What does the StackExchange inbox icon represent — and how could it be improved [migrated]

Ever since I started using StackExchange, I've been slightly annoyed by the inbox icon users see when they're logged in: Each time I see the icon, I start thinking: "What does this stand for?" I ...
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Is the icon for telephone outdated? [duplicate]

Given that a large proportion of the world's people have probably never seen a "telephone" with a handset and coiled cord (and likely never will), why is that the icon that is still used? But then, ...
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Save icon, is the floppy disk icon dead?

This Twitter post sparked me to ask the question: totally! RT @damienguard: Dear UI designers everywhere. Stop using floppy disk icons for save. Too many people have no idea what it is now. ...
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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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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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Horizontal expand / collapse icons

I have a webpage with a narrow panel on the left hand side, about 33% of the page width, it contains blocks of text. At the moment, I have a standard HTML button which expands the panel to fill the ...
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Why does Android not show an icon in the overflow menu?

After Android introduced the action bar after 3.x, I found that its native API hides all icons if the menu item is shown in overflow (three dots (ellipsis) on a MENU-button-lacking device, or after ...
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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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iOS 7 on iPhone 5 [migrated]

Can anyone advise how large are the icons usually on the left and right side of the navigation bar? See this: ...
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How to deal with multiple feedbacks from a single action

This one is a bit tricky: I have to give the user 2 actions for every object on my app: Add to list and Feature (that's the best translation I could come up with). The problem is: Add to list adds an ...
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What is a good icon for “notifications” tab? [closed]

We're trying to fit a nice notifications tab icon for our app. However, we couldn't find a global icon to define notifications. Facebook uses a globe (we can't use that, as we use globe to ...
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Do I need to include an info icon on my links that fire a lightbox?

I'm building a multi-step checkout process and I have a bunch of links within each step that provide additional information for the user about specific input fields. The input field/and links are ...
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How to deal with elements in a list forming a distracting vertical pattern

I'm using a list to display information. Each row needs to display two thumbnails, and a string. I noticed with this implementation that the layout of icons seems to resemble two columns. which may ...
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Should icons be used to represent “name” and “surname” in a form?

Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems to me that the use of icons inside form fields is becoming very popular, especially in signup and login forms: Now, for email and password fields, I can see that the ...
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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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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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Android icon to unlock premium features [closed]

I'm working on a multimedia Android app and I'm not sure which icon to use for unlocking the premium features of the app. These are 1) adding text to images, 2) disabling ads plus 3) disabling the app ...
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What is an appropriate visual metaphor for time units?

My app displays time units, such as [minute, hour, day, month, year]. There will be no magnitude associated. They convey the information "About how long will this action take?" (Think TODO list) Is ...
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Icon Placement within a row

I have a table with template names and the actions available will be shown in the form of icons next to the names. There are two options. Option 1 Icons next to the name(left aligned) appearing on ...
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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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What is the best icon to show that something can be dragged and reordered?

I am using jquery UI sortable to allow rows in an html table to be sortable. I want to use an icon for a handle and I am trying to figure out what is the best image / icon that would best illustrate ...
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What's the best way to choose between twisty and plus/minus icon?

When designing collapse and expandable rows, are there certain ways to choose between using a twisty icon vs a plus/minus icon? Below are examples I've taken from google search --- With a twisty ...
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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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Does a lock icon show the user is logged in or needs to log in

I am working on a device where the admin can require the user to log into the device into order to use it. The developers originally used a closed lock to show that a user is is "locked out". For ...
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When to use icons vs. icons with text vs. just text links?

Are there any rules on when to use icons vs. icons with text vs. just text links in a web application? For example: vs. save vs. save Extra question: Is save -or- save preferable?
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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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Login icon vs global icon on mobile

I'm working on a mobile website and have hit on an uncommon problem. The global site menu uses a hamburger menu (I know there's documentation we shouldn't be using this anymore - but that's another ...
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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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Is the 'magnifying glass search icon' right-handed because most people are right-handed? [closed]

Edit: one of the answers shows an set of icons, and 85% of them are right handed. Wiki data and other studies tend to agree with those numbers. But maybe this is only coincidence? Edit 2: Since ...
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The Hamburger Icon - menu or drag affordance?

There seems to be a difference in meaning for this icon emerging: For some it means 'menu', for others it represents 'draggable item' (in preference to the small dots used in GMail for instance). ...
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What are the universally understood symbols for “remote computer” or “server” or “the internet”? [closed]

I've recently came across an idea that mobile device icons are growing into a pictographic language of their own. For example the floppy drive can be considered a universally understood symbol for ...
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Sorting Button for E-commerce Listing Page

I'm working on a responsive project for e-commerce platform. For the XS view we will provide at the top of the list the tools to arrange and sort the list. I designed 3 drop-downs Categories, ...
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Embedded link in text or small link icon next to it in document?

In a document which has so many links (e.g. this CV), where the blue is overwhelming the black, and the whole sentences/groups of words are links, not just some words in the middle, should we use a ...
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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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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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Best way to differentiate “downloading content” and “downloaded content”

I'm working on an iOS app that lets users download and watch video content. In the playlist section I'm trying to find a way to clearly show what titles are being downloaded, and which ones have been ...
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Why is Apple using the settings icon for showing more options?

What could be the reason for Apple to use a gear-wheel in its Finder to show more options when everybody else seems to use this icon for "Settings"? Even Apple uses it again for the System ...
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Ways for a company to organize common/shared Icons Images and Graphics

Are there any common tools that are used to store Icons Images and graphics for a company wide audience? As a programmer I would store everything in git so people could update it and track the ...
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How should content of right slide menu be designed?

I have two options for displaying content in a right sided slide menu but am having a disagreement with my co-founder on which to use. Neither one of us is a designer but we're trying to figure this ...
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General symbol for randomization

I'm working on a tool that has multiple options to use "random" values. For example, you can place down images, and you can have them Offset from the grid. But you can also check a ...
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What explains the current shift from glossy UIs to matte UIs?

I've noticed an interesting phenomenon in the user interfaces of many famous applications, they're moving away from the glossy complex to a more dull and bare minimum design. Why the sudden change? ...
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Is Apple's or Google's meaning of the three-horizontal-bar icon more popular?

Apple and Google are going head-to-head to define meaning of the three-horizontal-bars icon: In iOS this icon means "drag me to rearrange items in a list" while Google Chrome's version means "click ...
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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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Is the button placement in Linkedin's new invitation dropdown correct?

Accidentally I deleted one of the invitation in Linkedin. The problem there was the delete invitation button is aligned to the icon which opens new invitation drop down. Is it a right UX practice? ...
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Will using “X” for both “close” and “remove” cause confusion

I'm working on a shopping cart design. I'm currently using "X" to mean both "close" and "remove" in the interface. As shown in screenshot below. Will this cause unnecessary confusion? For quick ...
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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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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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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 ...