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Questions tagged [icons]

An image or pictogram used instead of or supplemental to textual information. Icon requests are off topic; please keep questions related to their use rather than asking what a good icon to represent a certain item/concept would be.

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Resize Cursor - Col/Row vs East-West/North-South

I have a website with 2 panels. The user can resize these two panel using drag-n-drop. I want to change the mouse cursor, when the mouse is hovering over the edge of these two panels, to a Resize-...
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Best way to Indicate a item is shared or copied

I have a tree on my webpage that is used to display some folders and within these folders some items; These items can be copied from one node of the tree to another and also shared. When copied or ...
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Should I use a shopping cart icon?

We have a website that provides downloadable items for users. Those downloadable items can be found under different articles and series. So not everything you might want to download is on the same ...
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Icon Design for Data Type [closed]

Am looking around everywhere to find icon for datatype, Am doing revamp for our product. Previously the select box label mentioned as Datatype, Now i need to represent that label in graphical way. ...
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Appropriate UI pattern for Expandable List Item in Data table?

I'm currently looking to find a solution for expanding a list item in a data table to display more information. One of the best solutions I've found thus far is done on reddit (see screenshot). Any ...
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Icons vs numbers progress tracker

My mobile application includes a 4 step process to create and publish a project with each step start, the progress tracker increments(highlights next step) as shown in the image below currently am ...
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Best way to Display Premium Artifacts [closed]

We are thinking to inform users about premium content before accessing some areas. Our main artifacts are in round shapes, therefore what will be the best way to visually tell users about paid/premium ...
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How can I display chat widget on mobile without affecting other artifacts?

I want to know a best way to display user chat icons on mobile, as these widgets are overlapping with other artifacts of screen. In mobile due to lack of space, overlapping of icons is appearing. ...
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What's the tradeoff for using an icon driven navigation?

It seems a common theme these days for the UI design of many web applications to use icon driven navigation (so fixed sidebar on the left consisting of only icons for navigation) Wondering why this ...
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Why is the file icon usually folded from the right corner?

I'm doing a bit of iconography which got me thinking about the standard icon for a document / file shown below: Why do the majority of these icons have the folder corner on the right hand side? Why ...
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Generic “get in touch” icon [closed]

I usually use the phone call icons, or email, sms, and so on. But in my case we found the need for a generic "get in touch" icon, which will lead to either email, or phonecall, or sms, depending on ...
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Functional animation in icons

We are all probably familiar with the use of animation in very specific scenarios when it comes to display of system states such as the loading animation. However, the recent trend of animation in ...
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Which one is better for drag sign [closed]

I have checked some websites and found these two signs as drag symbol: Which one is better?
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Should icons always be the same color as the accompanying text?

I'm designing a timeline in which certain "event cards" are interactive while others are not. I'm running into a problem where the icons on the non-interactive cards look very dark, and therefore ...
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How to clarify ambiguity of the left arrow in google search autosuggestions?

Until recently I found the arrow next to each of the suggested keywords are tappable and will prepopulate the string to the search box for users to further refine the keyword before performing the ...
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Will a user be able to identify the relative “meanings” of separate cards on a timeline if the icons are located opposite from the card's title?

I'm designing a vertical responsive timeline for a health-tech company, and the timeline is supposed to show different "events" throughout a patient's physical rehab program, each being represented by ...
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How to show that an element has been previously modified

Note: I've been through the following questions and, while they do provide some useful insight, they are all really old (2010, 2012) and not really a duplicate of my use case → 1, 2, 3 I have a ...
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Is UI simplification in Microsoft's products for the past ten years motivated by user experience? [duplicate]

Working mostly with Linux, I rediscover from time to time Windows and Microsoft's applications such as Internet Explorer/Edge. I also notice that the trend is not limited to Microsoft, although I don'...
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Filter icon on Android

Sorry for bugging you with such a simple question, but I'm wondering what your insights and experiences are in the usage of Android's defined filter icon. Based on my personal experience, there's no ...
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Icons for buttons - should the icon be for the action, or the result of the action?

So I'm going through a legacy product trying to establish some standards and one of the things I'm noticing is that there a ton of different icons for viewing things. Is it better to have ONE "view" ...
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Usability of 3D icons for 3D software

I'm experimenting with 2D interfaces for 3D design and spatial interfaces and I'm looking to know whether there are any studies on the usability for them? Note: I'm not talking about 3d icons in ...
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What is the “opposite” of a grid icon? [closed]

I have a grid layout, and a list layout. I want the user to discover that they can switch between views -- i.e. no tutorial or anything. A grid icon is pretty standard, so that can swap you into the ...
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Access rights icons for web site [closed]

I have a customer with a search page for videos that displays filters to the left (elastic search aggregations). Each of these filters are tags applied to different videos. When a user makes a search,...
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What is the difference between Hamburger icon and Ellipsis icon? [duplicate]

I'm working on an enterprise application with a possible responsive design in future. What is the difference between the hamburger icon (3 horizontal bars) and the Ellipsis (3 horizontal / vertical ...
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Can I use the same share icon for different functions?

So, in a nutshell, our platform gives people the chance to edit maps and data. These maps can be shared through a link with other people (or embedded) with the use of some templates we created. We ...
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When's the right time to use a lock icon on a button?

A little background on the question: I've recently come across an instance where a user is submitting a form to check their status on something. I've used lock icons on buttons for shopping purchase ...
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Navigation with icon to open page and open popover top

This is my first participation here so apologies if I am not doing this right. My question is about about using icons for navigation. For example: All items are clickable 1) The first item (My ...
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Icon to represent computer generated model [closed]

I'm developing an application to hold translations. Users can submit their versions of translations, and for those translation I've chosen a "user" icon. But I also have computer generated ...
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Icons - Differentiating between viewing the current 'item' vs selecting an 'item'

On a mobile app what would be the best way to differentiate between viewing a current 'item' vs selecting an 'item' using icons. In my specific case, its for a religious app where the person counts ...
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It's really a bad thing to have the same icon in distinct functions?

My team and I are developing a web-application ERP, and as communly in softwares of this kind, we have a lot of CRUD views in our system. We use the Font Awesome 4.7 icon pack as our main font of ...
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Pencil icon for create vs edit - Is there a correct answer?

I recently faced this scenario where I had to use 3 icons, for create, edit and add, respectively. The idea is that users will be able to create documents, add sections within the document and edit ...
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What is the preferred shape of a messaging/chat icon?

As stated in this answer, an elliptical speech bubble is more commonly seen than a rounded (rectangular) speech bubble. This is perhaps true of comics, but not in messaging/chat services; it makes ...
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How to graphically symbolize quantity of items (vs weight)? [closed]

Im making something similar to a grocery store app. There is a field for the name of the product, and its quantity. Some products are naturally enumerated in weight (5 KG of cucumbers, 200 grams ...
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I am now finding some research to provide the argument below “Comparing to Realistic icon, Simple icon can speed up user's recognition of the icon ”

I am now finding some research to proof the argument below "Comparing to Realistic icon, Simple icon can speed up user's recognition of the icon " i found some argument with same point of view in NN/...
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Is social sharing needed for every page of a B2B website?

I know this question has been asked previously. There are some more details in my case. I work with a technology company that makes software for insurance. The products are all B2B. We have social ...
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Is the skill of icon design required for a good UI/UX designer? [closed]

I sincerely apologize if this question is way too amateurish but I really could use some opinions on this. I know there are places and ways to get icons online, but a) those options at times are ...
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Using @ to denote responsibility

Would it be easily recognized if we used @john.smith at the beginning of the task description be used to denote "the individual responsible for the task"? Like in: [@John.Smith] Do the paperwork Or ...
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Why do Photoshop and Krita use grayscale icons? [closed]

The toolbox in both applications use icons that have no colors. What's the reasoning behind this? What are the pros and cons? I've heard that some people can get overwhelmed by colors... is that it? ...
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What the difference between the 2 menu icons: 3-dots (kebab) and 3-lines (hamburger)

What the difference (if there is any...) between the 2 menu icons? 1) 3 lines (a.k.a burger icon) 2) 3 dots (a.k.a kebab icon)
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Should read-only fields hide or disable icons?

Throughout our system we have different input-field types that have icons tied to them. Examples: Time field with a time icon - when clicking the icon it will fill in the current time. Date Field ...
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Icon for a button to move a list item. Not scroll [closed]

In our software we have a dropdown menu. The dropdown menu has listitems which represent columns for a table. Via two buttons in the list (on the left side), the position of the listitems can be ...
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Changing icon for toggle menu button [duplicate]

Currently, I have menu button for toggle purpose. User can switch between original web view, or striped down mobile view. Currently, we are in original web view On action bar, I'm showing a phone ...
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Meaning of magic wand icon

What is the origin and meaning behind the magic wand icon? I've seen it in a bunch of programs and they all seem to have different functions. In Photoshop it is used a: tool that selects ...
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Organization of 500+ items

Our team has to work with a very large number of image resources (over 500). We're struggling to figure out how best to organize these items such that they are easy to work with. We're specifically ...
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Using distinct icon metaphors to support both create and add actions

For common functions, icon metaphors are well known and used quite consistently across OSes. Example, cloud icon with down arrow to indicate that data is being downloaded from a server/cloud/online ...
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button face for setting default value (e. g. speed) [closed]

In a user interface, push buttons are used for increasing and decreasing a value. Is there a commonly accepted/comprehensible button face that indicates return to the (non-zero) default value? So far ...
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How does colour affect usability of check marks, check boxes and radio buttons?

Colour is used in other UI elements to drive usability, such as green for "positive". However, it seems that color isn't used in check marks, check boxes, and radio buttons, possibly due to other ...
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What is the relationship between Material.io/icons/ and Materialdesignicons.com?

The first seems to be entirely owned by Google. The first only has about 900 icons, but the second seems to have about 2100. Only the second has social network icons like Twitter/Facebook. They are ...
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Help Identifying “Up Left Arrow” Android / Material Design Icon & Usage

Could someone please tell me the name of this "up left arrow" icon used in Google / Chrome mobile search bar list? (Icon highlighted in image) I looked around but couldn't find any info. Also, does ...
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How should a grid of apps rotate when the device is rotated?

How should an app grid rotate when the user's device is rotated? Should each app rotate individually and stay in the same spot, or should the entire screen be rotated?