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Can the "$" symbol be safely considered as universal when making a graphic depicting money?

It may very well be universally understood but I would be concerned (or at least keep in mind) the user's reaction to this symbol. Would a Russian (a patriotic Russian) be happy to see money be ...
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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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Can the "$" symbol be safely considered as universal when making a graphic depicting money?

Context matters a lot here. Like others mentioned, localization and your primary userbase should inform you whether to use $, €, £ or ¥ as 'standard' symbol. It might also be possible to do a ...
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Convey the meaning of "any" without using words

If you're trying to convey "this criteria doesn't matter", simply leaving it blank is probably the best option. This used to be a very common pattern in "advanced" search dialogs, until application ...
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Can the "$" symbol be safely considered as universal when making a graphic depicting money?

Surely the best symbol for currency that will be universally understood would be a note and coin as every currency uses both paper notes and coins most currencies use banknotes and coins. Given this ...
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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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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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What is the origin of the eject symbol?

It is difficult to find supportive evidence for this question. From what I've read about Philip Olsson's pictograms (some starting points are here and here), I would say that it, like the other media ...
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Best international symbol for date range?

The international standard ISO 8601 specifies a notation that uses the slash “/” between dates expressed in the year-month-day notation, e.g. 2014-07-15/2015-08-01 This is the only reasonable ...
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What is the clearest way to display "less than"?

If you want sex just say it If you want sex just say it - You should strive to convey information in the clearest way possible, when possible. < 2.1 miles is < clear than less than 2.1 miles. In ...
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Can the "$" symbol be safely considered as universal when making a graphic depicting money?

Historically, this question has been debated for quite a long time. There is a "Generic Currency Symbol," which looks like "¤" which has been used since at least 1985, where it was included in ISO ...
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Convey the meaning of "any" without using words

I think the closest thing to a universal symbol would simply be *, which is used as a wildcard character in many operating systems and applications. It might not be recognized by every end user, but ...
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Can the "$" symbol be safely considered as universal when making a graphic depicting money?

The answer is simply of course, absolutely not and it's surprising there is so much humming-and-hawing about it here. It's an extremely US-centric idea, it's "just silly" if you will. Indeed ...
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Why Does "X" Represent the Unknown?

The first part of your question, Why Does “X” Represent the Unknown?, can be answered quickly from this short TED talk. In short, we use "x" to represent the unknown because the scholars in 11th ...
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Can the "$" symbol be safely considered as universal when making a graphic depicting money?

Lots of people have given good reasons. I don't think you'll get many Russians growing too irate at the $ sign but it is an interesting thought. Another possible problem with the $ sign is it could ...
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Button for "Play, but from beginning" for a scrubber UX

Traditionally, the 'previous button' is used. 1 click returns to the beginning of the clip, and a double click goes to the beginning of the previous clip. Holding could also jog back.
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What symbol can be used to denote "contains"

I'd make a custom control which shows just the symbol when collapsed and the symbol + text when expanded. This way both concerns (about space and symbol choice) turn less important, because when the ...
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Why is the settings icon either associated with gears or a wrench + screwdriver

I believe the gear icon symbolizes opening something up to look at its "guts" to see how it operates on that inner level. Changing the direction of a single cog causes changes the motion of the next ...
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Best international symbol for date range?

I think it's better to put n-dash symbol (U+2013) without spaces on sides. This is typographically right. There is no strict rules about it so you are free to use western tradition. What is the ...
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Why does 'X' mean close?

The semiologic point of view: An x mark (also known as a cross, x, ex, exmark or into mark1) is a mark (x, ×, X, ✕, ☓, ✖, ✗, ✘, etc.) used to indicate the concept of negation (for example "no, ...
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What is the opposite symbol of "empty"?

Seeing that ∅ is your choice for an empty value, for non-empty one you can just prepend it with the negation symbol: ¬∅, or !∅. As far as UX goes, this will only be instantly clear to people who are ...
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Convey the meaning of "any" without using words

I assume there is no universal accepted symbol for "All". So, I would either return to text or use a slider like the price sliders on e-commerce websites or have the options shown as a list with ...
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What is the origin of the eject symbol?

I would argue that the relevance stems from the mechanical nature of the earlier uses. Specifically, many tape and video cassette machines historically used top loading cassettes (e.g. http://en....
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What symbols shows that a device is plugged into a power source?

A lighting bolt denotes charging on both iOS and Android. Wall sockets vary country to country, a lightning bolt is synonymous with power.
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Can the "$" symbol be safely considered as universal when making a graphic depicting money?

I'm from a country that is not using dollars as a currency. Creating an app depicting money using $$$ symbols would be silly. I mean if you are 10 years old, making an app for friends, then go for it. ...
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What's the symbol for the "locate me" button?

Short answer: No. Long answer: There are a few different ones out there (I only bothered to check 3) and some of them offer more functionality than "find me"; for example iOS also uses that button to ...
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What is the clearest way to display "less than"?

The other answers seem to be missing the forest for the trees. The problem isn't visual, but semantic. When creating key-value pairs, the least ambiguous solution tends to involve defining your left-...
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What symbol(s) can represent difficulty level in the context of a game?

I think the symbol idea you've presented in Option 2 can work well. Depending on the ease of traversal through levels though, you may not want to change the symbol for every level. For example, if ...
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What is the origin of the eject symbol?

Way back in the mists of time, recordable media came on spools and were hand-threaded through the works of the device. Mistakes were nasty - 100 meters of 1/4 inch tape on the floor takes a LONG time ...
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