Questions about icons (graphic image, small picture, or object that represents a file, program, web page, or command).

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New generation of Save icon that is not a “disk”?

Currently, the save icon in almost all applications represents a 3.5-inch disk from the 20th century. An example from Microsoft Office 2010 is shown below: As we move towards more advanced ...
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How to open or save as ico in Photoshop CS6

This plugin to open and save as .ico in Photoshop has been around for a while, but I can't seem to make it work for CS6. According to this question in the Adobe Forums, the plug-in works if installed ...
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How would you represent “religion” in an icon, neutrally?

I am involved in a web application where items in a list have a category. Each category of an item is shown through the use of an expressive icon. One of the categories is religion. My coworker, a ...
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What are some good resource for programmers to design icons?

I'm a computer programmer, and find myself needing to draw icons frequency. Does anyone out there have any good resources for both the tools and how to design icons?
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How to convert every pixel of raster picture to square objects in Illustrator?

For example I have 10×10px icon. I want to produce 100 squares with correspondent color and location each. Actually, the question is how to make exact pixel mosaic out of raster image. I tried Live ...
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Who first used three stacked bars as an icon for “menu”?

The three stacked bars for a menu (known as a “hamburger menu”) seems like a pretty new concept. Is there any canonical information out there about who created this icon? I’m curious because it has ...
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How to draw a hierarchy button set and look less offensive than it is?

I'm trying to create a button set that can be used to move through hierarchical data and it's looking like a swastika. I'm not sure how to correct it. In the image above if "Panel" was selected and ...
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Best workflow for icon design: Start big, or start small?

When designing icons that need to be delivered at several sizes, do you start at the smaller size, then scale up to the bigger sizes? Or do you start big and scale down? There's several advantages to ...
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Critique: Does this logo portray a web-based control for a media player?

I've been working on an application that works as a remote control for a media player, over the web. The remote itself is an application that runs in your web browser, on your phone or on your tablet ...
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How to avoid making icons and logos too minimal?

When making an icon or a logo it might be very tempting to push and reduce it to the limit to achieve the absolutely minimal symbol. For example: tiny photo of a floppy disk -> cartoonish picture of ...
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Issues with creating a hi-res Large Icon for Android notifications in Jelly Bean

I am attempting to create beautiful hi-res graphics for Android notifications, but am running into some issues. In Jelly Bean, there is a new place for large icons (see the notification design ...
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How to document a double click?

I am writing documentation for a software program. To open a document, it must be double clicked. Considering readers skimming through the screenshots only and not reading the text, how to design the ...
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How to represent 'random' with an icon

I've seen many times a 'random' icon that looks like this: But does anyone else feel this icon is awkward? I can understand what it wants to express, but it's just not that straight forward. People ...
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What generic icon could be used to symbolize a brand (McDonalds, Apple, etc..)?

I need to use an icon in a web application that will represent "Brand" as an object. The "Brand" could be "McDonalds", "Apple", "BMW" or any other company/brand. What generic icon would represent ...
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How to find existing names or associations a symbol has?

I saw a symbol like this, and didn't know what it was called or what existing associations it might have: It seems like a pretty easy question to answer by looking in a symbol dictionary or an ...
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How to randomly distribute a group of icons / graphics in a canvas?

I want to design something like this: It has been established in previous answers that these are doodle graphics. Some ways to make them manually are seen on here and here. How can I make one ...
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How can I map the colors in a greyscale image to a specific color “gradient”?

Caveat: I'm not a graphic designer and may be misusing some terminology. Please bear with me. :-) I'm attempting to add color to some greyscale icons (i.e. all three channels are identical). I ...
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How can I create hand-drawn style graphics for my website?

I am developing a web page for web based application, i am new to web design, so forgive if i have asked very basic question. i want to create icons and embed into my existing png image file. i have ...
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What do different bracket/braces/parens in logos mean?

I'm thinking on a logo for my personal site that is tech/dev oriented and I've been curious about the use of brackets/braces/parens in logos. Most of these special characters have a lot of different ...
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Is there any internationally-recognisable icon or symbol for police?

I'm looking for something non-nationality-specific to visually represent police and policing. Everything I can find, however, and everything I can think of myself, is based on imagery specific to one ...
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Range of icon sizes and formats on various operating systems

I would like to know the range of icon sizes allowed in different OSes (such as Ubuntu, OSX) and the default format they use. For example, windows allows icon sizes from 16x16 to 256x256 and uses a ...
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How to resize icon sets in Photoshop?

When looking online for icons to use on my websites, I often find very well designed free icon sets. However, often these icon sets are only available on a single size - for instance the icon set ...
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How can I create perfect “radio waves” (concentric arcs of a circle)?

I suck at illustrator, so this is a huge leap in my ability. I'm trying to draw a radio tower, but I want everything in the vector to be as perfect as possible. I want some waves to come off of the ...
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Critique: Icon app redesign

An amateur graphic designer here. I was told to redesign a reddit app icon on playstore and he told me to apply the Google's new design scheme that was leaked a few days ago (The first illustration ...
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Photoshop vs. Illustrator for Icon Development

My client is requesting SVG files (saving as an SVG would require me to build the icon in Illustrator), but I have always designed icons in Photoshop (importing vector art from Illustrator, and ...
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Designing icons to represent abstract concepts- match test / suggestions

I'm making a site which requires users to review and tag information. The interface would benefit from icons, but many of the tags represent abstract concepts that I'm struggling to represent. I'm ...
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What icons can represent the concept of “already purchased”?

I am doing an iOS app that shows recommended products to identified customers in a brick and mortar store. The customer can tell an associate, "Oh, I bought that already", the the associate can so ...
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What are “up-to-date” or “modern” icons?

My icons have been (lightly) criticized as "too 1998-ish": From left to right: refresh; auto/manual refresh toggle; filters; favorites; alerts. To what was the critique aimed at? What the critic ...
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How to represent silver, platinum and diamond?

Most websites uses a scheme of bronze, silver, gold, platinum, and maybe even diamond to rank service plans they may provide. In my website design, I want to the users to have a dot next to the ...
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Effectively creating this effect in Illustrator?

Been lurking awhile but this is my first post. I've always wondered what this effect is called and I'm almost certain there's an easier way to doing it than how I do it. I'm talking about the ...
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Is it possible to render readable screen type at a size of 3px?

I just created an icon in fireworks with a size 17*15 (which is small) and when i try to label the icon the minimum size of the text is 8 pixels which is very big . I want to have a label with text ...
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How to graphically represent time

I'm involved with a project that needs a few icons to represent some categories. Some of them aren't that difficult to represent graphically, however I'm having a hard time thinking of how time is ...
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How do you create Icon Fonts?

Ive seen many examples of people using icon fonts but I am wondering what is the best way to execute this process. An example of icon fonts: Raphaël Icon-Set via @font-face. A tutorial I have read. ...
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Can I legally use the Office icons in a website?

Can I legally use Microsoft Office icons in designing my site? For example:
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What icon can I use to represent 'concept'?

What sort of icon/graphic could represent 'concept'? It would be very helpful as a place-holder when I am making basic sketches and notes. Third Party Edit (from comments): hhajemi (OP): From my ...
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Icon to indicate a span of time

I have a mobile app interface with a list of dates and notes: Sep 5 - No longer contagious Sep 6 - Can return to school ... Sep 9 - Back to normal Right now I am using an ellipsis to indicate a ...
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Is there a recognized name for the 'grippy' part of an interface that indicates movability?

Gmail (for instance) shows this dotted widget next to the email items to hint that you can drag'n'drop them. Is there a generally recognized name for this? Grab bar? Handle? (this sounds too ...
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Force PS to alias smart object

I'm trying to create an icon based on a 2 color png I downloaded from icon monster. It is placed in my document as a smart object. I want it to be crisp, but photoshop doesn't want it to be.. even ...
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Is there an icon set containing icons for different platforms/stores (e.g. App Store, Play, Windows 8 Store, etc.)

Is there an icon set containing icons for different platforms/stores (e.g. App Store, Play, Windows 8 Store, etc.)? I am interested in grayscale icons similar to Glyphish and Glyphicons.
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Universal Icon for Religion [duplicate]

Is there a culturally-universal symbol to represent religion or a place of worship? I would like to avoid having an icon containing multiple religious symbols because that opens up a whole mess of ...
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Critique: How can I improve this realistic icon?

Programmer here, working on an app by myself. I think I'm slowly improving with my images each month, but I've never taken a course in graphics design, so there are elements of professionalism that ...
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Changing icons or graphics based on user geographic location/language?

Inspired by this question on international police icon, I started to wonder If there is a reasonably simple way to replace an icon depending on browser language? ...and if anyone has come across ...
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Is there an icon set for displaying “All”, “Some”, and “None” states?

Is there an icon set for displaying "All", "Some", and "None" states? For example, an icon for "All categories", one for "Some categories", and one for "No categories".
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Are there any free emoji fonts?

Note: I don't know if this is the right Stack Exchange site for this. If there's a better one, tell me in a comment and I'll move it there. I want to use Unicode emoji icons (U+1F300..U+1F5FF) in a ...
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Alternative symbols to represent Valentine's Day?

Anyone have ideas other than heart shapes?
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What unicode character should I use to represent the fill bucket?

I'm designing a mockup paint editor for the web and I'm using unicode characters to represent all of the different tools. I ran into a problem when I got to the fill bucket - I can't find anything ...
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Exporting from Sketch for icon font

I am trying to export SVG icons from Sketch to import into Fontello, however the SVG's don't appear to be correct for the app (they also do not work in IcoMoon). The icon I am trying to create as a ...
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How to represent craftsman services / manual work as icon?

Our application helps creating invoices and allows to insert an item into an invoice that represents a service performed by a craftsman. A typical service could be paperhanging or installing ...
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Export a single object in Illustrator without the other objects to SVG code

So I am pretty much desperate by now. I am a web developer and -designer, but I don't use Illustrator. I just don't need it at all. The file that I got from the graphic designer contains two ...
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Is there an ISO or similar recognized standard for Icons?

I had this question popping out while viewing some ISO standards such as ISO 9142. I searched a little but couldn't find an explicit ISO standard that is specifically for Computer Icons. So, has ...