I have an app with a map page. I would like to toggle between streets map and satellite mode, since in certain areas (especially rural ones), the terrain is better understood that way.

I don't like the native textual map and satellite toggle buttons, because they don't fit well into my app design.

Is there a convention for map and satellite image toggle icon, which aren't associated with a specific brand?


Googles implementation is nice - the icons are actually a see through window of what will happen when pressed. The satellite image in the Earth box shows the actual satellite image of that square.

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When clicking Earth, the icon turns into a Map icon, showing the map in that square.


Further - don't underestimate the power of writing labels on buttons, it's especially useful when there are no standard icons to use. http://edwardsanchez.me/blog/13589712

  • +1 Thanks, but I am looking for a solution that would fit both Google and Apple maps, and have the form of an icon - the image is way too large and takes too much attention from the user. – Adam Matan Aug 20 '14 at 11:44
  • Well, if the icon will be really small I think your best shot is to use a satellite as a starting point. To differentiate a drawn map from a real image (satellite photo) on an icon of just some pixels will be hard. Another approach is to see the Satellite icon (map view) as a state that can be turned on or off. That way you don't have to design 2 icons... – Henrik Ekblom Aug 20 '14 at 12:18

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