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Oh you really nailed it with this question. So, I could say the star is better because Google uses it for "starring" in all of its products (think Gmail, Google Bookmarks, search results, etc). But at the same time, Amazon uses it for ratings and so do dozens of other web properties. So when you see a single star, what does that suggest to you? Then there's ...


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Not really. As Tommy says, * often means it has been changed. r and w are common technical characters in context of being readable and writable. > can be used in context of a menu, or moving forward, or perhaps to 'move on' to an action but that action could be anything , so it's meaning would really not be clear other than by experimentation. In ...


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashtag Hashtags are mostly used as unmoderated ad-hoc discussion forums; any combination of characters led by a hash sign is a hashtag, and any hashtag, if promoted by enough individuals, can "trend" and attract more individual users to discussion using the hashtag. The tag you are talking of in this context is a ...


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The critical factor here is that the task is repetitive, so it needs to be as simple and quick as possible, with bigger target areas. I think it's a good idea to keep with lots of buttons. One vehicle, one action - nice and simple. Move the buttons a bit further apart to avoid accidentally hitting the wrong one and make them bigger so there's less room for ...


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My thoughts: In Switzerland, where multi-language websites are very common, the normal thing is to use the two letter language codes (DE, FR, EN, IT etc.) or - if there is enough space - use the full name (i.e. Deutsch, Français, English etc.). But I think key for a good experience is how the language detection is handled. IMO it should work like this: ...


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I think you mean, does a user recognize the religion based on the symbols? If it's shown to a general audience, the answer is No. Well atleast I don't. The name of the religion is needed below the image imho. The extra text adds minimal amounts in terms of UI, but could potentially make things clear for a large audience. after the edit to the question I ...


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The heart can mistaken for "Like" and the star can be mistaken for rating. Usually it's better to have a word next to icons (at least on the main view / page). soundcloud.com does it like that: On their page it says "save to favorites" next to the heart (or "remove from favorites" when already added). On their apps (Mac OS and iOS) they only use the heart ...


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I would suggest using a megaphone icon, since it is easily identified as a metaphor for "speaking out" understood independent of age and cultural background of the intended audience non-biasing towards positive or negative feedback.


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Would it be possible to approach the problem in a different way? Instead of asking questions where the user decides just yes or no, make them state their choice by affirming text. For example, instead of: Does a pilot's license require the applicant to know the complete rulebook? [Yes] [No] use: A pilot's license requires the applicant to know [the ...


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I understood the faith references, but did not immediately relate them to the relevant texts. The problem is that they relate more significantly to the faith than the book. In particular, the fish for Christianity ( and while it is a recognised symbol within the Christian community, I do not think it is so widely recognised outside ) would relate to the ...


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Jews do not call their religious books the “Old Testament”, for reasons which should be obvious if you stop to think about it. They use the name Tanakh (this is the same set of texts as the Christian Old Testament, but in a different order). Christians consider both the Old and the New testaments to be inspired scripture, though they may pay more attention ...


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So you need an association of an object (the course - a document) with a person (the user) and a state (allocation)? We have no idea of size of icon you need so I'm going to make it nice and big!


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I’d go with graphical animations of corresponding gestures. In most cultures this would probably be a head shake and a nod: Shaking to indicate "no" is widespread, and appears in a large number of diverse cultural and linguistic groups. Areas in which head shaking generally takes this meaning include Indian subcontinent, Middle East, Africa, Southeast ...


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As a set of rough rules for symbols in buttons: An arrow or '>' symbol helps signify that a user will move, usually to a new webpage A 'plus' icon always suggests adding something to an existing thing - such as a new feed to an RSS reader, for example Stars usually indicate 'favourite' systems. Users clicking stars expect to stay on your site, just to have ...


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What you are describing is standard wildcard functionality, so you could append a * to the end of the start string (which is nice and standard); or perhaps + which could be fairly intuitive; or even % which is used by various flavours of SQL. As well as the Regular Expression ^ as described by Ben Brocka (which would go at the start of the string). I don't ...


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Icons on buttons - phew - where to start. I don't want to get deeply into this but I guess the main factor is that a good icon is more easily recognized than the text, especially once it has been 'learned and associated', and therefore a user hardly even has to try and read the text in order to know what the button does. The icon should be indicative of ...


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Dreamhost does a nice job of this. I think their simple dropdown options are well written and say a lot. The key factors are that they try to capture 1) your mood, and 2) your level of expertise. If a newbie is freaking out and mad, they feel more urgency than a sysadmin who needs a reset, even though the sysadmin may have bigger problems in the grand ...


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I would say it depends on the context of your application. Facebook and twitter use the thumbs up icon to denote an appreciation while the heart icon is used to convey a more "cute" emotion. You also have to realize that tumblr and instagram have generally a younger population as compared to the diverse user group of Fb and you tube. User base of tumblr ...


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You can use the exclamation mark without the triangle. It suggests that you need to pay some more attention and is milder than a straight out red X. Also, rather than phrasing it as, satisfactory, you can say that their current score is acceptable, but, with a bit more effort they can do much better. Rather than a warning, you are treating it as a call ...


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You can use Fontawesome. it's a great font special made for icons. it delivers a lot of useful icons for Edit, Add, Login, Logout, Delete etc. http://fortawesome.github.io/Font-Awesome/ They use this icon for editing: I personally use icons all the time because when you have a good icon people will know what you mean. but you can always put the text ...


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I find that the + and - signs that have been used in operating systems for a very long time are the easiest to understand. The triangle is a bad choice because it seems to point in the same direction even when rotated (because it has 3 tips). The arrow is okay as long as it is no just a triangle. Its inconvenient is that it draws too much attention. I don't ...


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I've noticed that the "heart" icon tends to be more social-oriented (ie, "Daniel Hellier liked this"). I guess the idea is if you love something, you'll want to tell everyone. Grooveshark uses it for songs that you like on your profile and BitBucket uses it show users and repositories that you're following. The "star" tends to be more private (ie, ...


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I think you're thinking in the right direction with the price tag, especially with a money sign on it (or a percent sign, to be more general, although I think the dollar sign is definitely recognized overseas. Other symbols could work, too - a thumbs-up, an exclamation point, etc.) I'd steer clear of the handshake, since it connotes a different definition of ...


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I'd probably use something like this: Yes, it's not an icon, but it is clear to everyone what it does. I haven't seen any standard icon that most people would understand as sign in. So you could find something that looks good and that some (maybe) people understand, but would you improve the overall experience for most people? I doubt it. Just use a ...


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The button you gave as an example is a default iOS button for rotate since version iOS5 i think. It is used in photo app for the same purpose. (i highlighted it at the bottom on screenshot) Back to cooking... ;)


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Hashtags are just tags with a form of markdown to let you know that they are a tag. In essence the hash (#) is just formatting. If you are going go visually mark tags so that they don't look like simple text, then you don't need the hash (#), as it is redundant. It's already clear that these are tags: Adding a hash doesn't give you any additional ...


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I'm convinced these are the only universal symbols. There are no other similar symbols in Unicode. I.e. any other symbol with the same meaning is so obscure that it doesn't even occur in Unicode. There is ≡ (U+2261) identical and ≢ (U+2262) not identical, but those are understood to be variants of = and ≠.


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Iconography is culturally specific, not universal. Which is to say none of these patterns are clear if you aren't familiar with them For an interesting related read, check out this report by Sandia National Laboratory [PDF] regarding iconography that could be used around the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility. That said, I'd use the 'hamburger.' It is ...


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Roger's mockup is great, but I'd still change a few things. The design of the arrows does make it too cluttered. I'd lose the background. The target size should be the same as in Roger's mockup, but the visual size doesn't need to be that big. The background does help to convey the message that they're clickable, but if you make the arrow itself appear ...


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Not ideal without a label, but it might work for you. If this is the only button on the page, you might be able to pull it off. After all, most users do not read the labels of buttons they click.



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