I'd like to create icons for the endpoints of a process, but I'm not sure what to use.

Going with "A" and "B" comes to mind as that's a familiar reference (e.g. "the shortest distance from A to B") but I would prefer to leave that as a last resort.

Any good alternatives out there?

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If your talking about a process, you might also consider borrowing from BPMN

Minimal process that strarts and ends


The following type of symbols often work quite adequately for beginning and end of a process.

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For end point, the black and white blocked flag as seen in in motorsports comes to mind. I think most users will associate it with "finish".

Beginning point is a little harder. How about a green traffic light or a green flag?

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(This is how TomTom shows start and end point in thei navigation app)

  • In my mind, this flags are associated with an itinerary.
    – rds
    Nov 22, 2011 at 10:54
  • A car race does not have a real itinerary either. In fact, start and finish are physically on the exact same place. In my mind, I see it as "start of race" and "end of race", in other words, a moment in time rather than a place. Nov 22, 2011 at 10:57

You could use Alpha and Omega symbols.

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    You should raise your concerns about this site's UX in a separate thread on Meta.
    – jensgram
    Nov 22, 2011 at 7:47
  • Has already been done. Suggestion is to use a workaround: add HTML comment. Which also sucks. Nov 22, 2011 at 8:12
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    @snufflemuffin In the context of answering this question - can we just leave it that perhaps you could use Alpha and Omega symbols? ;-) Nov 22, 2011 at 8:59
  • would people recognize the alpha and omega symbols?
    – user4662
    Nov 23, 2011 at 18:45
  • Alpha and Omega are awesome symbols with great meaning...but I doubt many typical English users would recognize them. They'd be awesome icons for a God of War game, however.
    – Ben Brocka
    Nov 23, 2011 at 22:12

How about either of these? enter image description here

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