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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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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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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Best tool for animating icons? [closed]

I'd like to introduce some fine detail touches to our web app, through elegant animations on things like custom preloaders, checkmarks, etc. Think 500px, Google Material, etc. Examples: ...
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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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What if I can't find a convincing icon for a category/thing? [closed]

I am trying to represent Flat, sharing room and Paying guest accomodation with three distinguishing icons in a space of 30px x 30px on a webpage. I can't afford to put plain text. Any solutions?
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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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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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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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Paid event availability icons [migrated]

I'm writing an application to allow people to sign up for limited space events. Specifically it's for booking squash courts for our company's squash league. The idea is that people will pay if they ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Inline validation icon usability

I have been looking at the styling for validation of input forms of Bootstrap, and wondered if there was a specific reason for where the icons used for inline input validation is positioned. I ...
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Should map markers be called pins or markers?

For reasons I won't explain, I have to change the word 'issues' to something different in our UI. 'Issues' corresponds to the number of map markers on a user's map. Should 'issues' be changed to ...
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Suitable icon to indicate that a customer is deceased? [closed]

I am currently working on a system to manage debt, specifically account history. There are various statuses that an account can sit at and the product owner has requested an icon for each status, so ...
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Best user friendly option for buttons and icons placement

I have created below UI controls... but I am not sure if they are really user friendly or not... so overall they should look good as well as user should be able to understand moment they see that ...
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What is a good and short way to convey that a product is available on a “Pay What You Want” scheme

So imagine a small piece of UI, only several pixels tall/wide, that displays a product's info. Usually this widget shows either something like $0.99 USD, BUY, or FREE in order to convey that it is ...
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Remove the background on an icon-button [closed]

Good day, I have an "checkbox icon" which opens a window with checkbox groups. I'm not really enjoying the background-color of the icon, I think it's better without the background. ...
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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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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 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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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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How to test icons with users?

In an web-app we have a bunch of command functions, each represented with an icon and a label. We've done usability testing of the UI as a whole, and taken note that a couple of icons are a bit ...
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Where did the term 'copy to clipboard' originate? Why is it a Clipboard?

I've always been interested to know where the term 'copy to clipboard' originated, and do we use it because we've grown familiar to it? I'm assuming this phrase originated a while ago when we used ...
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Publish/Unpublish icons, which aproximation is better [closed]

Which one of this icons do you think, is more intuitive or feels more natural for Publish and Unpublish actions. Is there a better option?
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What are the pros and cons for updating an icon that has been used within a company for years?

I'd like to update a company icon which has been used within this particular company since 2003. I personally believe it's time for an upgrade. The icon itself does not reflect the company's updated ...
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Enable and Disable Representation Icon [closed]

I am designing an application. It shows a list of folder which can be enabled or disabled to share. How can we make the user to understand it is Enabled/Disabled in Iconic representation. When the ...
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Showing which direction a value should go towards

I have an interesting UI challenge. I have a ratio that I am showing in two ways: one using a percentage surrounded by a circumference pie chart, and the other showing a status bar. In some cases a ...
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Is adding a sleep to my code to be able to show a loading icon effective for informing the user

I have follow / un follow feature on my website. Currently, you click the button and using PHP and AJAX I change the button background colour. This is a simple action for the website so doesn't take ...