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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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Can the “$” symbol be safely considered as universal when making a graphic depicting money?

Want to get a sense of any best practices of using the "$" dollar sign in the context of an image in order to depict a universal idea of money. UPDATE: My task was to create an icon/graphic used in ...
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Most intuitive favorite icon [closed]

Similar to Stefan's most intuitive delete icon question. I'm designing a web app that allows users favorite pages. A lot of big sites use either a heart or star symbol -Which one is most intuitive? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What's a good alternative to flags for depicting internationalisation as an option?

Are flags a bad idea? In various comments on How to design a multi-language website?, several designers voiced their concern for the use of flags as a symbol to represent language switching on a ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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What is the reason behind the + sign/icons with buttons?

I have seen few high profile site which use + sign/icons for buttons, while other don't. Does any body know what is the reason behind using sign with buttons, should i use signs/icons with buttons? ...
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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 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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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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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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appropriate international icon for “deals” [closed]

We (like so many other startups) are developing an iPhone app that contains a "local deals" tab. (Discounts on meals at restaurants, etc.) I am trying to figure out what would be the best icon to use ...
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Why does 'X' mean close? [duplicate]

It's well known that X symbol means close (and in some contexts dismiss or hide), but why/where was this symbol initially chosen? My only thought was that when you want to "cancel" information on ...
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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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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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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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Should I display a “plus” in front of a production number?

I have a grid displaying stocks and production of resources (related to my previous question). Should I display a plus symbol (+) in front of the production number when it's positive? Or do you think ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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What symbols shows that a device is plugged into a power source? [closed]

I'm making a very simple diagram of a video camera set-up for my experimental design course. I need to show that a camera plugs into a wall. From a technical perspective, what symbol should I use to ...
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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'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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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 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'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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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 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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Postscript/note/additional info in a form

In most ordinary forms, there is some addition information or notes that the form owner want to tell users. For example, * Required / Staff only I have seen different sets of symbol used in ...
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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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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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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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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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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's a good icon to represent “can't decide?” [closed]

Let's say a user gets three buttons. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups They get to choose between two options, or alternatively, a button labeled "can't ...
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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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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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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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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 ...