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Star vs Heart icon to represent save as a favourite

They have (slightly) different meanings and usage Although both icons are similar and both are popularly recognized, they do have slightly different connotations. ❤ The heart icon Is more emotive ...
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At least one is mandatory. How do I make this clear?

You could split the list. mandatory items as radio buttons. optionals as checkboxes This also makes sure the attention per importance isn't divided, and allows for easier comparison between ...
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I'm designing a no-data USB cable : How should the end be marked?

Unfortunately such cable is not compliant with USB specification, as even in usb power delivery the data lines are used to negotiate power. You should not mark it with USB (or even USB-like) logo at ...
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Why do Radio Buttons not fill the entire outer circle?

It’s not entirely clear that a black circle means “yes” or selected, while a white circle means “no” or non-selected. Depending on what the user regards as foreground and background, it may go either ...
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Button for "Play, but from beginning" for a scrubber UX

v1 I would suggest that the play button stays the same as it always has - a triangle to begin then a pause once playback begins. But, once playback has started, a new button appears like this: The ...
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I'm designing a no-data USB cable : How should the end be marked?

You can never beat straight text ("Power Only"); that way, there can be no confusion. That said, I actually have such a cable at home which has an icon very similar to this in a raised profile on ...
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What is the origin of the power icon?

It's a stylised form of the '1' and the '0' for 'On' and 'Off'. You can see the evolution here.
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Using cross marks to indicate benefits

Add some catchy column titles. As it is right now, it looks like it's not free from animal testing, as the "No animal testing" item is not checked. Adding column headers will allow you to ...
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How can I make monochrome icons work?

Selected – Create an inverted selection state which would make this feature more prominent. Many ways to accomplish but as an example; Make the button background black with a white or light grey ...
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Is it ok to use arrows to indicate money movement in & out of an account?

This is perhaps perilously close to an off-topic icon discussion, but I think you could modify the arrow icons to make the outgoing versus incoming direction clearer. Essentially, you need to give ...
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Why is the file icon usually folded from the right corner?

The original, by Norm Cox, had the dog ear in the bottom left. This was made for Xerox Star system, and it was a bit of an odd choice since typically, in a book, the dog ear is in the top right corner*...
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Info Icon vs Question Mark

The convention is that the question mark indicates extensive help is available, provides an interface for someone having a problem to click, and implies that a more sophisticated means of resolving ...
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When a button contains text and an icon, which should come first?

1. Align to left (+) Icons are in line. (+) Icon line is parallel to the line formed by the first letters of the words. (+) No unnecessary gap between icon and text. (+) Makes a good feel because of ...
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Icon for adding/removing from favourites: indicating state vs. action

I have to say, the hollow-vs-gold-star state approach is standard enough that I think it would be your best bet. Not only is it common enough to become intuitive, but it acts as both state AND action: ...
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What the difference between the 2 menu icons: 3-dots (kebab) and 3-lines (hamburger)

Generally speaking they are used to open different types of menu. The 'burger' is used to open a 'burger menu', which is presented as a drawer that appears from the side of the screen and occupies ...
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What are some good alternatives for using a lot of icons in software?

I think there are three problems with your old icons. An action seems to be represented by an image of a clipboard. Since most icons represent actions, the clipboard is superflous, only clutters the ...
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Why is the share icon always different?

Other than just being design choices made by different companies (and the trademarks/copyrights that come with them) you must take into account what the icons are intended to represent. A good icon ...
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How can I make monochrome icons work?

contrast Your icons are lacking discernible contrast--both between the icon and the background, as well as between the active icons and inactive icons. Increase the contrast.
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Gear icon vs. ellipsis (3 dots)

Both the icons convey a different meaning; even if they tell a user that there are additional options underneath. A gear icon is derived from a traditional mechanical sense of gears and cogs defining ...
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Why are the "Undo" and "Redo" arrow icons commonly round?

I've done some search without any specific result, so I will answer considering usability principles and software history: Legacy The undo function was already here in the 70's but was not until the ...
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Why is the settings icon either associated with gears or a wrench + screwdriver

Traditionally the operation of a mechanical tool was determined by the physical constraint of the position/type/size of the gears used. So if you wanted to change a tool setting, you would have to ...
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Do Samsung's Marshmallow skin Quick toggles have enough contrast?

In short, NO, they do not have enough contrast. According to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) they mostly do not have enough contrast. Only 1 out of 8 tests gets a pass. But the dark blue ...
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At least one is mandatory. How do I make this clear?

I think this solution could be usable. Note that the mandatory item is selected AND disabled. The user is forced to select one of the mandatory items through a dropdown menu download bmml source &...
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Button for "Play, but from beginning" for a scrubber UX

IEC 60417 is a standard for symbols to put on electrical devices (TVs, VCRs, washing machines, MRIs etc.) and ISO 7000 collects these. Each costs around 100 bucks, but there is a free preview PDF. It’...
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Button for "Play, but from beginning" for a scrubber UX

you can use a restart / reset button, here's an example from YouTube, the leftmost button
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Why is the share icon always different?

Branding. Nothing else. We could go on and on for hours throwing conjectures and theories, but in the end, it's only a branding thing. Your icons , from left to right are from Apple, Apple, ...
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I'm designing a no-data USB cable : How should the end be marked?

As others have stated, icons are unlikely to be seen. As this question shows, a common way to solve this is to make the cable end visually distinct using colour. In this case, the red end is power ...
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