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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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How to indicate the word “interesting” with an icon? [closed]

In the project I am currently working on everything is based around the essence of "interests". One of the most important and bold UI elements in this project, is a button that when pressed gives us ...
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What Is the Best Approach To Minimalist Buttons (Icons)?

My web app, like most, is trying to utilize as much space as possible by trying to use an icon as a button to perform specific tasks. I have quite a few that would make for a pretty obscure button, ...
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How do I succinctly portray the status of a filter, showing which options are enabled or disabled? [closed]

Suppose you have a todo list application with a filter bar (for searching and filtering what tasks to see in the list), and the filter bar has a status selection, thus: The status filter can have one ...
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Defined used for the icon: three vertical dots

Is there a defined use(s) for the icon I have seen various uses for it, but I would like to know if there is a standard purpose for it - or if it can be used as a shortcut for any function needed ...
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What's an appropriate icon to represent an organisation? [closed]

Ok, so I need to use an icon to represent organisations in an otherwise boring list. What comes to my mind directly is either using something financially related, such as a small stack of coins, or ...
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Icon for “More”, like more results [closed]

I need an intuitive icon which represents "more" ITEMS (or "more items like this") (or other "similar" items to this item). I have space constraints on the screen, so I can't exactly use a label.
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Finding a set of stock icons that match existing icons [closed]

We have a web application with a dozen or so icons for various functions. The icons were provided by a web design company during a redesign of the site two years ago. The company no longer exists. We ...
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Which icons are the easiest to read, solid or hollow?

With io7, Apple made a switch in the tabbars to icons that for the most part are line based. In other places, such as their app icons they are using mostly solid icons. That made me wonder if there is ...
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Actions (icons) in table

I'm working to redesign our application and we are unsure where the table actions should be (in the left side of the row, right side, with or without submenu, etc). Please help us to define with would ...
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Positioning the Open/Close Caret

While most of the more recent examples I've seen around the Web seem to prefer placing an open/close carat icon before its corresponding menu/selection label, there seems to be no standard on whether ...
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Red (and green) indicator icons on a dark blue background

We have a webapp with a dark blue background (this is a branding decision, and we don't want to revisit it... yet). We want to indicate positive/negative change with the traditional "stock ticker" ...
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Is it good UX that in Windows 7 & 8 the “windows” of the same application are automatically grouped into one button?

In Windows 7 and 8, all the windows of every application are by default automatically grouped into one icon on the taskbar. This happens even when there are two instances of the application running i....
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Votes (star rating) usage - stars or smiles?

I need to make a voting field for my feedback form. I make an assumption then when you use stars images user easily will use lower ratings, and when you use smiles(faces) with :) for good vote(5) and ...
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Should application name relate to application icon?

Should my application name relate to app icon? For example if I want to name my application apple should the icon be an apple icon?
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What indicates Zoom uniquely?

While reading a slideshow on How People Really Use the iPhone. It seemed a lot of users are confused when looking for a "zoom" icon; finding the magnifying glass to mean "search" and the plus sign to ...
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When to use the folder-metaphor?

For a top-level navigation I am currently working on, I was wondering if it would be a good idea to use folder icons to communicate that an item in the list is actually a container (a folder) of items....
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Icon based buttons or Color based buttons which is more UI attractive and Friendly

I am seeing websites increasingly switching to color based buttons and interaction elements rather than icon based is this a trend or do they have reasons behind the switch? For example see the ...
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Where did the term 'copy to clipboard' originate? Why is it a Clipboard?

I've always been interested to know where the term 'copy to clipboard' originated, and do we use it because we've grown familiar to it? I'm assuming this phrase originated a while ago when we used ...
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Icons and colors on menus

I wonder when (if at all) it is appropriate to use icons next to menu entries (drop down menus, right click contextual menus etc). I have noticed that pretty much all of the menus I have seen only ...
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When are shadowless icons preferred over shadowed icons?

My question is when, if ever, a shadowless version of an icon is preferred over the shadowed version. By shadowed I mean the tiny, almost imperceptible little black gaussian blur below the icon. I ...
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social sharing ui/ux on mobile. actionable text + icons or icons only [duplicate]

We trying to implement decent social sharing module for our app and have 2 question, which are pretty much related: Is it important to have visible text which directly say to user what to do, like ...
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Are <,> or “Previous,Next” buttons better for form navigation in iOS 7?

Before iOS 7 form navigation in iOS 6 Safari was handled by a "Previous,Next" segmented control just above the keyboard. But with iOS 7 they are replaced with arrows "<,>". However in the iOS 7 ...
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Opens in a new window icon placement

When using an icon to represent a link I believe the standard convention is [icon] [Link]. A colleague has raised the point that for links that open in a new window, the icon should appear after the ...
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Should I show a row icon on hover?

I have several rows of content, with small font icons to the right of each row for actions to take. I feel these icons clutter up the look of the page, so I am considering a default opacity of 0 on ...
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Multiple download buttons for a file type

i am designing a UI for a web application, there are multiple card like entries in a list, each item in the list can be uploaded in file type A downloaded in file type A downloaded in file type B ...
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Search results - representing/showing parent/child records

I have a couple of questions which relates to how to best show parent/child records on search results. An example first: If you have digitised 300 individual pages of an illuminated manuscript, then ...
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“Send by text/SMS” - is there a standard icon?

"SMS" has proven to confuse some younger users in usertesting. The envelope icon is reserved for email. Is there an established or emerging standard that says "send this by text message"?
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Vertical and Horizontal three dots icon button usage

Despite the Material Design has great guideline documentation, I'm confused about vertical/horizontal dots icon for a Web App since for mobile, the vertical solution is a stablished pattern. I found ...
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Icon size inside a button [closed]

Is there a correct size, or relative size, to use on an icon within a button with/without text? I've seen this being used a lot of times but didn't found any source about choosing the proper icon ...
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Is it better to use “i” or “?” for tooltip/help content on mobile [duplicate]

Right now the interaction is that when you click the small "i" icon next to a questions, additional text displays for clarification. (Shown in the example "Carrying anything that makes it heavier?") ...
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Why did Microsoft make all the Office 2013 icons have such similar colours? [closed]

We've just been upgraded from Office 2010 to Office 2013. There's the usual assortment of UI rejigs, most of which are either the modern trends (ultra-flat icons and UIs), fairly neutral, or easily ...
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Most intuitive icon to represent “me” or “myself” [closed]

For example, in a shopping cart, I may buy this purchase for myself ("me" / "myself" icon), as opposed to gifting it to someone else (box with bow-tie icon). What is the ideal icon to represent ME?
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How would you represent “easy”?

I'm working on an app that requires someone to rate the how they did at recalling an item (to which they are shown the correct answer before they rate the item). The three options are: wrong, right, ...
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An icon to represent all icons [closed]

I would like to know if there is a universal approved Icon to represent all Icons. I have a folder that contains all of my custom designed icons. I would like to design and create a custom Icon, to ...
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What is the best symbol to use for currency?

I need a generic symbol to use for a currency icon. The US Dollar and the Euro symbol seem to be pretty equal competitors, but I know this can be a touchy concept and the selection of either could ...
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Would you consider this a button? [closed]

I am working on a web interface and I want to emphasize a portion of it and make it attractive for people to click on it, which will show additional content (with a 3d css flip animation). The first ...
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would you find it confusing if a megaphone icon was used to represent a phone call? [closed]

Bit of an odd question, and I can't go into all the circumstances why I'm asking this, but anyway: would you find it confusing if a megaphone icon was used instead of a cellphone or telephone icon to ...
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Icons only vs list with icons

I'm wondering what's the UX point of view of using only icons or a list with text + icons. Only icons List with icons The only icons options provides a faster way to access to the action, as you ...
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Good metaphor for time estimation vs. spent time

Representing time generally is easy with a clock, an hourglass etc. But how would you differentiate between a time estimation and the actual time spent on a task? Do you know of any example where ...
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Can icons improve readability on a navigation?

Our app has many tools and we have a navigation of about 10 tabs. Tabs can be re-arranged and this forces the user to find them by reading the label. Would icons make it more usable?
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Iconography for Beginning and End points? [closed]

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") ...
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Editable Field Icon Placement?

I have a form for uploading attachments (PDFs). After uploading them, there is a section (as seen in the image below) allowing you to rename the attachment, view it, or delete it. The edit icons seem ...
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appropriate international icon for “deals” [closed]

We (like so many other startups) are developing an iPhone app that contains a "local deals" tab. (Discounts on meals at restaurants, etc.) I am trying to figure out what would be the best icon to use ...
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Best text/icon/title alignement for feature box pattern?

You often see this pattern: My gut feeling would say the first is more readable (Is left-aligned text generally preferable over centered text?) but I could agree the third would look nicer (and ...
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Using a generic logo to describe an entity when logo is not available

Context: Cinema ticket booking app. App displays cinemas and screenings for a specific movie in user area. Problem: Part of the design uses logo to identify a cinema. Not all cinemas have a logo. ...
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Why does 'X' mean close? [duplicate]

It's well known that X symbol means close (and in some contexts dismiss or hide), but why/where was this symbol initially chosen? My only thought was that when you want to "cancel" information on ...
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Menu with icons and checkable items

In a normal windows application, I've (context) menus. Many of the items have individual icons for better recognition. Now, some of the menu items are checkable. The "standard" way of showing the ...
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What should be ideal date on calendar icon?

I am designing a calendar icon for an app, I am putting a random date right now on it, what should be ideal date that I should put. Is there any usability research done on the same? I know the best ...