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An icon is a tiny part of the administrators experience. Generally speaking admin users have greater responsibility and more available actions than general users so the communication that they are signed in as admin users should be throughout the user interface. In this case an icon is less relevant and could even be wasted space. For example, an admin ...


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With the prevalence of metro, flat, and material design UI, color is no longer a good indication of status or function, because these frameworks use color very differently, with very little consistency between different applications. So users tune out the relationship between color and function more now than they used to. So for something like admin ...


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Several organizations I've worked for used icons to represent the admin section but these icons cannot be considered to be "universally recognized" in any way. What is important is that you give the user a visual clue that they are in a different section. On first blush the different colored background (plus text that states "Admin") is more than enough. ...



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