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What's the best way to set the hair dryer?

I am in the middle of a hair dryer machine design, we have some issues about imaging correct symbols in order to establish the maintenance easily with the user. Our point of interest is designing a ...
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Are mathematical symbols easier to understand than text?

I'm creating a dialog and presenting a list of mathematical comparison options to choose from. e.g. [attribute] [>] [value] I'm wondering if there's any research as to whether it's more intuitive to ...
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What symbol can be used to denote “contains”

Our UI has a table of data, with the first row containing input fields in each column for searching based off the data in that column. We want to add a dropdown that determines how that search text is ...
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Tagging symbols (eg. @, #) What are the others?

I am creating a tagging system like Facebook. But unlike Facebook, where it would show all kinds of objects (eg. people, page, groups) under the '@' symbol, I want to separate things better. For ...
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What's the clearest way to visually show greater or less than

I am designing a UI to allow users to set time-based goals. What is more recognizable, why: (a) >5h (b) +5h (c) 5h+ (d) 5h or more This is tabular layout so saving space, consistent ...
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Symbol for cardinal numbers

There is a number symbol # so that when you put it in front of a number, it tells that the number is an ordinal number. E.g., #6 means "number 6". Is there a symbol like that for cardinal numbers? ...
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How to handle number text field change with symbol?

I have a text field that allows to edit. The textfield display number along with symbol. For example $ 45, 21 lbs There are 2 solutions that come into mind When user starts editing, we remove the ...
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Which symbol is best interpreted as describing a social interaction?

I am working on a project of social media like website and I have to symbolize the interaction between two peers in a small space - equivalent to a standard FB profile picture for instance. The ...
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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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Why the X is the symbol associated to the “Close application” action?

I was wondering about the reason of the choose of the X as symbol used to represents the "Close application" operation.
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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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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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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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Best international symbol for date range?

From what I know, depending on the country you live, there are different ways of expressing a date range between two dates. In Japanese : 0000/00/00 ~ 0000/00/00 or 0000/00/00 から 0000/00/00 まで ...
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Why Does “X” Represent the Unknown?

We use "x" to represent unknown quantities all the time. It appears in algebra (solve for x), but also in culture ,the letter "x" was used as an symbol of unknown, is it there any alternative for ...
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Is the return arrow a recognized symbol for submitting an input field?

I have an input box that submits content on the push of enter/return. To the right of the input, a submit-button will be placed to give users the possibility to click to submit content. Will an ...
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Which unicode symbol can I use to symbolize a task needing feedback? [closed]

Unicode provides check marks ✓ and ballot ✗ symbols that can be used to mark a task as having ended with success or with an error. I am wondering which icon, if any, could be used as for a task to ...
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What is a standard symbols for “more info” or “expand to show more”?

We have a screen with a list of items. Each row (item) can be expanded to show more info. We were planning to use a down arrow but that is counterintuitive for the items at the bottom b/c they expand ...
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Should we bring back the user to the ABC mode on the SmartPhone keyboard automatically after they have entered some symbols/numbers/punctuation?

Should we bring back the user to the ABC mode on the SmartPhone keyboard automatically after they have entered some symbols/numbers/punctuation marks?
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Showing New, Old and “Not Yet Emailed” in a table column through symbols/colours

We have table data displayed to clients where each record can be in one of three states: Not yet emailed Emailed in the last two weeks Previously emailed It's a dashboard system that gathers ...
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Best way to show collapsing menu?

On my Clothing Website navigation panel. On mouse over or click event the jQuery menu collapse / open. Example picture is attached below. What is the best sign or way to show that it has more menu ...
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What symbols should be used for YES and NO when the user can't read?

This is a non trivial problem, as demonstrated by this blog entry. There are problems with all the obvious options: Check and X : we're already using that as "correct" and "incorrect" Thumbs ...
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Are there (nearly) universal symbols for SAME and DIFFERENT?

I've got two buttons the user will click to indicate whether a stimulus is the same or different Currently I'm using = (U+003D) and ≠ (U+2260, = with a diagonal line through it). Is there a more ...
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Selected and processed states in one workflow

I have just noticed (on vacation with iPad only) that the interface that allows you to import photos from camera to iPad has very similar representation of photos selected for import (checkmark on ...
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Proper symbol in a flow diagram for 'state'?

When creating a flow diagram, there are some universal symbols. For instance a rectangle for a 'screen' and a diamond for a 'decision/action'. What is the symbol to show a branching outcome based on ...
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Are these $ symbols awkward for UX on Who Wants to be a Mil… parody that's titled Who Wants to be an Expert?

Below is a "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" type game show parody used as a practice quiz at the end of an online course, before the student takes their final exam. While it's obvious that this is ...
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What is the universal symbol used to import data?

I was wondering what was the universal symbol of "import data" when I noticed that Google Drive is using the up arrow for "upload" from your desktop which means to "import" in Google Drive. Actually ...
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What symbols should be used for OCR and facial recognition actions? [closed]

What symbols should be used for OCR and facial recognition actions? I think that I can use camera symbol for the face recognition, but have no idea what I can use for OCR...
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Tags or hashtags?

I have a website at www.flickwit.com. I would like to introduce tags to allow users to search for content more specifically than channels. I have been wondering which option would be more acceptable ...
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What unicode symbol should I use for EDIT?

I'm trying to keep a very light payload on a wordpress plugin I'm writing. Users will be able to: add - + refresh - ⟳ edit I'm thinking of using the pencil glyph: ✎, but I'm not sure about it. ...
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What's an in between for a big red X and a big green check mark? [closed]

I'm trying to find ideas for a good, iconic, or not so iconic but still works, in between of a big red X and a green check mark. The context is in a feedback popup to a short 3 - 5 question quiz that ...
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Appropriate Icon for a Subscribe or Subscription [closed]

What would be an appropriate Icon that could be used for Subscribe or Subscription. A subscription meaning; where a customer must pay a subscription price to have access to the product/service.
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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 ...
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What's a good symbol set for buttons to expand and contract parts of a hierarchy?

The Mac Finder, in hierarchy view, uses a triangle, or arrow, facing right to indicate not-expanded, down to indicate expanded folder. It could be considered counterintuitive because it points to the ...
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What's a typeable symbol to indicate “starts with” in a filter field?

I am building a custom data grid control. The users do a lot of sorting and filtering. I want them to be able to do this with only the keyboard. Currently they can filter columns by typing in the ...
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What symbol to use to represent feedback

When reading Which "Like" symbol is best to use I suddenly realised that the UX community may be able to help me solve a little problem: I'm working on a site which has just gone in to Beta and as ...
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Which “Like” symbol to use?

The "Like" button has quite possibly become one of the most clicked buttons on the internet through social networks, but if you are also using a symbol, which is the best to use? Facebook and Youtube ...
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Indicating A Document Has Been Drawn On

Imagine layed out in front of you is a large board with little white pieces of paper representing the cover pages of system files on them. You are shown a title, and a modification date. How might ...
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What's the default rotate symbol for iOs?

What's the default rotate symbol for iOs? Is it the second icon in this Instagram iPhone app screenshot? It doesn't look like a rotate symbol to me (more like a back or undo button).
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What symbol(s) best represent the action of “connecting”? [closed]

What symbol(s) best represent the action of "connecting"? I need an icon that represents a "connection" - specifically, a connection between people. Let's say there is a button to "connect" with ...
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How to convey the notion of urgency and impact via symbols and/or ux

I'm creating an interface for help desk solution where users must define an urgency and impact for the case they are creating. I thought about a slider like this Smiley Slider but the smiley doesn't ...
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Icon/Symbol to Represent “Done”? [closed]

I have a quiz-based application where users can leaf between questions and select answers. When they're done, there's a "done" button they click. I don't really have polished graphics skills, so I ...
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What are factors in the Visual Design of a Language? [closed]

Just to be clear, I'm talking about something like typography, though in most cases typography relates to the redesigning of a set of symbols, not the designing of a set of symbols. I'm guessing that ...
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Which icon in a native iPhone app's footer menu bar resembles 'sign-in'? [closed]

I'm looking for an icon that will live in an iPhone's footer menu bar that resembled 'sign-in'.
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What is an icon or symbol that denotes 'automatic'? [closed]

What is an icon or symbol that denotes 'automatic' ? More details: Working on an application where there will be a list of bills, some with an actionable button inline that says 'Pay', and others are ...
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Are these religious icons clear enough without supplementary labels?

Given this UI (in HTML), do I need to put texts beneath the large images, or is the small image displayed in the lists enough to make the connection? Conclusion The client has signed off on the ...
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Appropriate icon for “change” [closed]

I would like to change an icon symbolizing change with something more appropriate. Currently the icon is a star. After giving it some thought I realized that I didn't have a good concept of what ...
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How can I distinguish two different types of buttons, without using labels everywhere?

I'm developing an application to count traffic at intersections. There will be two different types of buttons: one to count trucks ("lkw" is the german abbreviation for a truck) one to count cars ...
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Icon meaning 'requested/allocated'? [closed]

We're looking to get an icon that will convey the meanings of both 'requested' and 'allocated' for our website. The system is an e-learning service, and the icon is intended to be part of a series of ...
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Is there a well known ASCII character meaning “edit”?

When working with a UI that relies more on text than on icons it's common to find + to mean Add, - to mean Delete/Remove and X for Close (or also Delete/Remove). But is there a common character ...