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In videogames, we often see a little swirl used to show that items are swappable. Do you think this is easy for users to understand? Is there a better way to show that one item can be traded with another user for one of their items?

Swap button

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    You could have a preview of the swap when the cursor is over the new item with an additional effect of semi-transparent over the two items to show that the swap has not been done yet. – Danny Varod May 8 '14 at 16:32
  • you can show animation by changing items position – sandeep_jagtap May 9 '14 at 11:32
  • A little bit of an unrelated question:why did Danny Varod replied to the question as a comment and not as an answer ? If I refer to the stack exchange help : you should comment to "request clarification, leave a constructive criticism or add minor information" and should NOT comment to "answer a question" (and other stuff). – refreshfr Jun 16 '14 at 12:34
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If you have only two items, I can suggest a toggle switch like the O/I of Android.

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Another common pattern is to show one item in a slot, to indicate that this is the item that is currently equipped, with the other item being the one that can be slotted in.

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  • Can you post an example of this? Sounds cool – 13SC May 14 '14 at 14:21
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As well as the "two single arrows" that you illustrate, there is also the curved double-ended arrow that can suggest swappability, e.g.

curved double-ended blue arrow between green square and purple oval

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