Questions tagged [symbols]

abstract images or words that express a physical meaning, process or concept but are distinct from what they represent.

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Which is correct? Whether to use the icon after the label or the icon before the label? [duplicate]

To Use Icon after the label? Ex: (Or) To Use Icon before the label?
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Is there a universally recognizable, OS agnostic glyph for the Super key?

The reason I'm asking is trivial, but I can't come up with a better place to ask. I bought a keyboard that has Super keys with the vendor logo printed on them. I've been meaning to replace them with ...
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Best practice for multi state Button?

I am building an (Android) app having a button whose text values represent states: "Start" --> pressing it will initiate connection to my server "Starting" --> gives visual cue that button was ...
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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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Why are European recycling codes so complicated? [closed]

Each time I recycle my garbage, I must wonder why are these European recycling symbols so complicated. For example this one: This symbol is really cryptic for me as a user. PP could stand for both "...
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Indicate no time limit

I am displaying a To Do list that has time limits involved. However an item doesn't have to have a due date/time. Users are finding my current UI confusing, as they believe a blank time limit, means "...
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Denoting whether or not something is hazardous

I'm developing a table that shows incoming deliveries. One column shows whether or not the material/item in question is hazardous, and while a reason is given, it's only really necessary for me to ...
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Busy? Working? Symbol [closed]

Are there any unicode symbols that can represent an app being busy? I'd like to represent on a text-based interface that the app is working on something in the background. What symbols may accurately ...
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Conveying another user's vision impairment

I'm developing a serious game for collecting behavioral data and I need to convey to each player some status information about the other players in the game. One piece of information I wish to convey ...
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Table column as fixed

I am building a data table where one of the requirements is: As a user, I want to set a column as fixed As in the following example, from https://uxdesign.cc/design-better-data-tables-4ecc99d23356 ...
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Is there an eloquent way to show that some content was automatically generated

When reading a blog read I saw a section at the bottom with this title: Related Posts (Automatically Generated) I've also seen files with a header with something similar to denote that the content ...
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What is the opposite symbol of “empty”?

I have a boolean expression field, where the user can enter a variable name and then perform one of 12 boolean operations on it. For reasons related to the rest of the UI, I cannot make the field very ...
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What is the thought behind veg and non veg icons?

My cousin always looks for this little green icon before she buys anything that is eatable. I was wondering what is the thought behind these icons. To be specific these don't pictorially depict veg ...
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Ok status (no action required) and needs-attention status without connotations of right & wrong

I have data that classifies users into two status categories: Needs attention No action required These users have taken tests and that data leads to this status. But the status is derived from the ...
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Icon/Symbol to Represent “Done” when the user may or may not have completed an action [closed]

I have a question very similar to this one. I'm designing a music player, and one of the screens is the Queue (or "Up Next" as other apps call it). I'm trying to figure out how best to allow the user ...
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Would a thumbs down be considered disciminating?

We build software that is used in recruiting. Candidates apply through our system and recruiters see all of the candidates in a list. We categorize candidates based on their inputs. The worst ...
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Affordance discovery on clickable elements: icons vs buttons [duplicate]

The proposed duplicate is symbol plus label. This is button versus symbol which is similar. I was hoping for advice on how to get users to realize the symbols are clickable. Putting a label next to ...
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Common place symbol that means power or strength [closed]

In the gaming community, both digital and physical, we all recognise that a heart symbol represents 'health' or 'life', but which symbol is common use for 'strength' or 'power'? For my specific ...
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Which is the most common symbol or abbreviation for the word “number”?

I'm fully aware of the numero sign (it's the default way in my language), but in English I have seen the numero sign, number sign, the no, num and numb. abbreviations and so on. For example, the ...
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Using 5 Standard Emojis for Satisfaction Survey or any Likert Scale

Satisfaction surveys increasingly use emoticons, i.e. a sad frownie, neutral face and happy smiley. Some additionally use traffic-light color coding (red to green). Let’s asume there are good reasons ...
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When did the concept of flagging start?

Seeing another question at UX.SE related to flagging, I realized that flagging is always associated to a negative connotation. I understand that Flags are Used to Convey Messages (such as Naval Flag ...
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What symbol conveys “save”? [closed]

I have a text input field where the user enters an address. I am adding the ability to save the address to an address book. What should the icon look like to save? This is for smartphones so space is ...
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User-friendly short URL aliases with words or emojis

First off, I’m not talking about quicklinks or SEO of URL paths on a site you’re in control of, but shorter aliases for third-party addresses. As far as I can see there are several major reasons why ...
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What's the symbol for the “locate me” button?

Is there a universally accepted symbol for the button that shows you where you currently are on a map? The google maps app for smartphone has it.
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Any studies showing generic currency symbol is understandable by most people?

As you may probably know, there's a generic currency symbol supposed to replace specific currencies. So, instead of using $, €, £, or ¥ I can use ¤ which is the generic currency sign. The sign was ...
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UI to “change user interface language”?

How would you provide an UI to change user interface language? Say we have an web app that supports 20 languages and has fully localized user interface for all those languages. How to represent the ...
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Button for “Play, but from beginning” for a scrubber UX [closed]

Consider a typical video-editing style timeline: There's the usual Play button: a right arrow. There's the usual Pause button: two bars. -----------------|----------- > || However, I ...
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What ASCII character to use for “align center”?

If I use < to represent the setting "align left" and > to represent the setting "align right" what symbol should I use for "align center"? Is there any de facto standard for this? The symbol ...
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How to represent two teams

I'm making some UI mock-ups for a tournament system. The scenario is that two players are being matched and then compete against each other. Colors is not an option because the system is going to ...
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Can the “$” symbol be safely considered as universal when making a graphic depicting money?

Want to get a sense of any best practices of using the "$" dollar sign in the context of an image in order to depict a universal idea of money. UPDATE: My task was to create an icon/graphic used in ...
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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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Postscript/note/additional info in a form

In most ordinary forms, there is some addition information or notes that the form owner want to tell users. For example, * Required / Staff only I have seen different sets of symbol used in ...
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What's a good icon to represent “can't decide?” [closed]

Let's say a user gets three buttons. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups They get to choose between two options, or alternatively, a button labeled "can't decide." ...
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Should I display a “plus” in front of a production number?

I have a grid displaying stocks and production of resources (related to my previous question). Should I display a plus symbol (+) in front of the production number when it's positive? Or do you think ...
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What symbols shows that a device is plugged into a power source? [closed]

I'm making a very simple diagram of a video camera set-up for my experimental design course. I need to show that a camera plugs into a wall. From a technical perspective, what symbol should I use to ...
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What's the best way to set the hair dryer?

I am in the middle of a hair dryer machine design, we have some issues about imaging correct symbols in order to establish the maintenance easily with the user. Our point of interest is designing a ...
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Are mathematical symbols easier to understand than text?

I'm creating a dialog and presenting a list of mathematical comparison options to choose from. e.g. [attribute] [>] [value] I'm wondering if there's any research as to whether it's more intuitive to ...
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What symbol can be used to denote “contains”

Our UI has a table of data, with the first row containing input fields in each column for searching based off the data in that column. We want to add a dropdown that determines how that search text is ...
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Tagging symbols (eg. @, #) What are the others?

I am creating a tagging system like Facebook. But unlike Facebook, where it would show all kinds of objects (eg. people, page, groups) under the '@' symbol, I want to separate things better. For ...
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What's the clearest way to visually show greater or less than

I am designing a UI to allow users to set time-based goals. What is more recognizable, why: (a) >5h (b) +5h (c) 5h+ (d) 5h or more This is tabular layout so saving space, consistent ...
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Symbol for cardinal numbers

There is a number symbol # so that when you put it in front of a number, it tells that the number is an ordinal number. E.g., #6 means "number 6". Is there a symbol like that for cardinal numbers? E....
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How to handle number text field change with symbol?

I have a text field that allows to edit. The textfield display number along with symbol. For example $ 45, 21 lbs There are 2 solutions that come into mind When user starts editing, we remove the ...
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Which symbol is best interpreted as describing a social interaction?

I am working on a project of social media like website and I have to symbolize the interaction between two peers in a small space - equivalent to a standard FB profile picture for instance. The ...
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General symbol for randomization

I'm working on a tool that has multiple options to use "random" values. For example, you can place down images, and you can have them Offset from the grid. But you can also check a checkbox/toggle-...
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Why the X is the symbol associated to the “Close application” action?

I was wondering about the reason of the choose of the X as symbol used to represents the "Close application" operation.
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What is the origin of the eject symbol?

On the web, there is a lot of information about the Play, Pause, and other symbols, but I could find no information about the famous Eject symbol at all. The only source I could find was an article ...
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What symbol(s) can represent difficulty level in the context of a game?

In short: How to indicate that a numeric display represents the difficulty level? I'm looking for a symbol that represents the concept of ever-increasing difficulty level, in the context of a casual ...
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Best international symbol for date range?

From what I know, depending on the country you live, there are different ways of expressing a date range between two dates. In Japanese : 0000/00/00 ~ 0000/00/00 or 0000/00/00 から 0000/00/00 まで ...
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Why Does “X” Represent the Unknown?

We use "x" to represent unknown quantities all the time. It appears in algebra (solve for x), but also in culture ,the letter "x" was used as an symbol of unknown, is it there any alternative for ...
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Is the return arrow a recognized symbol for submitting an input field?

I have an input box that submits content on the push of enter/return. To the right of the input, a submit-button will be placed to give users the possibility to click to submit content. Will an ...