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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Appropriate icon for: Donate [on hold]

I'm looking for suggestions on an appropriate icon for a donate call to action button. Obviously a dollar sign or money is a good representation, but I want something that makes us look less money ...
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Is it standard icon for wishlist or history or categories ? [closed]

I was looking for best practices on wishlist icon. I found app store icon pretty decent but I found this icon on some mobile apps as a history and categories as well. please suggest best practices on ...
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Show zero or nothing when displaying gold, silver, and bronze tokens?

StackExchange uses a combination of reputation and Gold, Silver and Bronze badges to show activity. Is it instantly clear what the following represents? (picture, reputation, badges) Did someone ...
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What would be a good way to thumbnail audio?

I want to represent an audio file in an image with a maximum size of 180×180 pixels. I have been thinking about something similar to what Soundcloud does, although it will require some chopping and ...
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What is the origin of the power icon?

What is the origin of the power button? Is it supposed to resemble a physical switch? Was it originally skeuomorphic UI design? Did it every move/turn or provide feedback? download bmml ...
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Does it matter which direction an icon faces?

Is there any research done on whether the direction an icon faces matters in the recognition of the icon representation? In other words and with a specific case: Would a left oriented search icon ...
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Icon to request device rotation [closed]

Is there an existing icon that is recognized as a request / suggestion that a user rotate their mobile device? I am converting an OLD website to be more mobile friendly. (responsive) I have existing ...
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Is it correct to change the color of a country flag to adapt it to the colors palette?

I am working on a web with three main colors: white, blue and black, and there are two flags for select the language of the web. These icons completely break the color harmony of the web, and I wonder ...
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Is the question mark “?” internationally recognised as an icon for help?

I'm looking to use "?" as my help button icon in a desktop application but I'm unsure how universally recognisable this will be. I can localise this for different culture if necessary. Any ideas?
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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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An icon for surname field? [closed]

While designing form I've found out that I'm totally stuck at choosing icon for the surname field. Actually, the surname is so abstract notion and doesn't really differ from name in its sense, so I'm ...
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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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Which is clearer - cog/spanner/wrench icon for desktop website settings, or a text label?

Building a web-based tool which will really only be viewed on a desktop web browser (due to a restricted corporate environment). Trying to keep it as minimal as possible with no superfluous features. ...
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Best way to show that a screenshot continues on the next page?

I'm working on a presentation and need to show that a screenshot continues onto the next page. For some reason I'm having trouble finding the icon that is normally used - I feel like it's sort of a ...
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Use labels/text under icons in the iOS tab bar?

An example of Tab bar is shown below: I'm designing a new iOS app with tab bar as shown above. The tab bar has five icons of which three are generic and easily understood. The other two are relevant ...
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Icon for Request [closed]

I need to design icon for "Request a Feature" Anyone Please suggest any idea to design a icon for 'Request a Feature' context.
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*Widely Recognizable* Icon for “Sensors” [closed]

I am having a hard time finding a good and widely recognizable icon for Sensors. The icon needs to look good at small sizes (16x16 px.) A thermometer icon, while it is widely recognizable, probably ...
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Sprites/Icon Representation

I have an application and I'm currently working on the design at the minute. As I have been working I've been thinking about little things to enhance the application. One idea I thought about were ...
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Use up or down arrow to represent “sort ascending” at table header

To represent "sort ascending" (a -> b -> c -> ...) , my first sense told me that, I should use ↓ to represent it. This is because if I lay my data a b c It seems like thing is moving naturally ...
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Icon to depict quality? [closed]

I'm looking for an icon to represent "high quality." I'm thinking of using a diamond shape. Is there any reason to think that a diamond does not represent high quality?
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Forgot Password Icon? How's this? [closed]

I've been using just a little speech bubble with a question mark in the middle to signify a lost password link, like this one: For a redesign of the site, I've created a new one that I think better ...
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Delete vs Deactivate ICONs

We are currently testing a product with two consoles: An 'op' console and an admin console. The op console uses trash can icon symbol to delete something and the admin console uses same trash can ...
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Feedback/Review system

Hi guys I need your suggestion with feedback or rating system. I'm thinking instead of the common stars icon I will be using mood emoticon. Is this a good approach? Example: 1 - Sad 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 ...
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icon to indicate technical material [closed]

In a "help" screen, we'd like to display a list of articles from various categories. I'm calling attention to the articles from our official documentation with an icon of a book. We also have a ...
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Alternatives to using “frequency words” like yearly, monthly, quarterly

I have a client who's using a table to present several row of data. The data has one row showing how often certain activities should be performed. It looks something like this: ...
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Should I use two different icons?

In an application I am working on, we have some application-wide settings that are available via a cogwheel button in the title bar. We also have part of the application, a kind of analysis, that have ...
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Star vs Heart icon to represent save as a favourite

I am working on a mobile app that involves the user saving a favourite location. I wanted to use an icon to represent that feature, but I'm not sure which one is better – a star or a heart icon. Some ...
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When to use the folder-metaphor?

For a top-level navigation I am currently working on, I was wondering if it would be a good idea to use folder icons to communicate that an item in the list is actually a container (a folder) of ...
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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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What is the best way to represent a (Now Hiring) link or icon in a webpage

What is the best way to represent a (Now Hiring) link or icon in a webpage. some webpages locate it into a footer or something very bottom of the page. some is suggesting to put it in the very top of ...
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Two objects which can be disconnected and then connected?

I'm creating a GUI for a program which maps keys from an external device to keyboard keys. The process is: [Waiting for keyboard key] (Shows a blank key) Press a keyboard key (Now blank key has ...
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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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What icon(s) should a user better understand as “empty item” or “empty selection”? [closed]

I'm developieng an iOS app, and in its main view, I placed a button to select a video playlist. If the user goes to this view and there is an already selected playlist, the button for this selection ...
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Use of icon fonts and links

When using an icon font and text for a link, do they both get styled for link interactions?
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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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Simple vs Childish [closed]

What is the general rule of thumb regarding iconography style? I'm more concerned regarding the feeling that some of my icons are too childish (using stick figures)... I'm afraid that the experience ...
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Link to article using a 'download' or 'view online' symbol?

I would like to have a way for people to download an article from my document, and I thought of adding a hyperlink to the title of the article as follows: But I guess it could be done in a better ...
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Is it ok to use arrows to indicate money movement in & out of an account?

I have seen numerous examples of banking applications that use arrows to indicate money in and out of an account. However the direction of the arrow is a bit problematic, specifically in which ...
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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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When to use grab vs move cursor?

I am making an app with a drag and drop UI. I plan on changing the cursor when hovering over the draggable elements. What's the difference between the move and grab cursors? Can they be used ...
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Where to position Back and Home buttons?

When you watch tv on a tablet via an app, where do you put the "Back" icon and where do you put the "Home" button?
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Menu with icons and checkable items

In a normal windows application, I've (context) menus. Many of the items have individual icons for better recognition. Now, some of the menu items are checkable. The "standard" way of showing the ...
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What is the best symbol to use for currency?

I need a generic symbol to use for a currency icon. The US Dollar and the Euro symbol seem to be pretty equal competitors, but I know this can be a touchy concept and the selection of either could ...
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What Icon Would be Appropriate for the Highest Authority User [closed]

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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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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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 ...