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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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”? [on hold]

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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Why android not show icon in 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 on MENU-button-lacking device, or after pressing Menu ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Why do websites use a graphic instead of the HTML entity `≡` for the menu icon? [closed]

Every time I see a website with a menu or a navigation bar, i see the three dash menu button?. And they always use an icon, .gif, .png etc... But there is an HTML entity for that: ≡ -> ...
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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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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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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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Has user testing found that the “three horizontal bars” for main menu on mobile is commonly understood?

"Three horizontal lines" aka "hamburger icon" seems to be becoming a convention for the "main menu" button, especially on mobile sites: Has anyone done any user testing of this convention, or got ...
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Does Computer mean Desktop and Laptops?

I'm creating a step-by-step chart which specifies to users that we suggest them to be on a desktop (or laptop) to properly use our system. It's a web browser system, and it uses extensive text input, ...
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Info Icon vs Question Mark

We're debating inside our team on whether to use a question mark icon, or an "i" icon for prompting a tooltip that reveals more info. Which do you say conveys the message better? Or, how do they ...
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Which icons can best represent “portfolio”, “process”, “motivation”, and “reflection”?

I'm building my portfolio website. On the navigation bar, there are 3 links: Home, About, and Portfolio. I plan to use icons with them. Home would be while About is Which icon should "portfolio" ...
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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 is the origin of the eject symbol?

On the web, there is a lot of information about the Play, Pause, and other symbols, but I could find no information about the famous Eject symbol at all. The only source I could find was an article ...
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Has the ☰ (three horizontal bars) menu icon received much adoption outside of the western world?

A lot of web sites use to indicate a button that will trigger a navigation menu. It has, for example, been included in Twitter bootstrap (which is used at over a million sites). It is also used to ...
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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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Multiple icons/indicators on a table row

I am creating a table that lists all of the people in a group (75-125 people). I need to flag certain people with key roles in this group so they can be identified at a glance. There could be up to 10 ...
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Do iOS / WP users recognize the Android share icon?

I've been assigned the task to add an icon / CTA to enable users to invite people to our application from their contact list. Due to width restriction, especially with localization, one of the ...
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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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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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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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Why are search icons represented by a magnifying glass?

Why do so many applications and websites use a magnifying glass as a search icon ? A magnifying glass is a tool used to have a better view of small objects. It suits perfectly as an icon for a zoom. ...
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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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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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Are there two distinct icons for 'panning' and 'moving'? [closed]

I am working on a lightweight multi-platform drawing application, and I'm using icons to represent each drawing tool (just as many editors do). However I am struggling to have two icons that clearly ...
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slide menu locations and icon

what is the best location on the side slide menu? and lets say the app is localized to many different languages and its web app responsive to mobile , is it better to shift is place in each language? ...
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alternative to 'menu' when placing text with a hamburger nav stack icon

Ive been trying to think through some alternative text to place next to a hamburger nav icon. I feel 'menu' sounds like a restaurant, although the only other thing i could think of was to use the ...
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An icon that best represents a user's karma points or a particular score? [closed]

Instead of displaying a numerical amount in the header of a user menu, is there an icon that best represents karma points? Similar to StackExchange but something that further elaborates the concept ...
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How can I make monochrome icons work?

My company has just implemented a monochrome icon theme in an attempt to transition to a more "modern" interface. Feedback from the first round of user testing has been mixed: Almost everybody ...
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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 ...