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

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Icons for hardware elements (cache, pipeline, etc.)

I am trying to find symbols for hardware elements which are not usually visible and do not have AFAIK a more recognizable symbol, such as caches, pipelines, etc. It's in the context of a ...
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Classification schemes for icons

Is there a standard classification scheme used by graphic designers for icons to help identify the characteristics of icon designs? I am not referring to things that describe the physical ...
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Icon that visualizes hiding/showing empty columns? [duplicate]

What would be the right icon for a toolbar button that triggers the following functionality in a spreadsheet application? Toggle the visibility of all columns of the current sheet that currently ...
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Can you protect social media iconography?

I frequently create mock-ups with free-use icon sets. I've begun to see many designers offer "Premium" commercial licenced sets of Social Media icons. I'm wondering: Is it even possible to make an ...
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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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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 symbol to choose to indicate a subcategory or next page

In a very short descriptive text I want to indicate that a user has to open several cascading/nested sections in a menu structure. At the moment I use the > character to indicate the structure. But is ...
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Having trouble getting this Google Chrome Extension icon right

This is how my icon is looking now. I want to remove that "alpha" or something, that grey square. I want it full like Chrome suggested me to do this: Upload an icon image that represents ...
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Preparing icon with arrow heads with different sizes

I am new to Photoshop, please go easy if my question is unclear. I am trying to prepare an icon in Photoshop and I happened to see this. So I want a similar graphic but I want the each color area to ...
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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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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 show amount of posts on a blog

Cant think of any ideas for this. Currently im using a pencil icon to add a new post to my cms, but i need an icon that will show how many posts a blog has. The pencil icon doesnt scale down well ...
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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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The Creative Process for creating slight juxtapositions

I am assigned with the task of developing weather icons. As you might suspect, many things in relation to weather are extremely similar with hardly any differentiation. I am running into the problem ...
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Feelings icons that are not emoticons?

For a particular project, I've got to come up with a set of a ten small one-color icons meant to represent certain feelings. However, these icons must not be emoticons, or faces, of people for that ...
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How can I get the “swipe down” icon from control center - iOS 7

I would like to use the swipe down icon: from Control Center of iOS 7 : in my iOS 7 app to indicate that you can swipe down this pop up : How can I get this icon. Am I allowed to use this ...
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Easy, Fast, Secured Icon Recommendation

I am trying to do a new website and there are 3 key points to it (Easy, fast, secured). I have already been thinking of using icons for those 3 words but I am not so sure yet. The site that I am doing ...
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What are some good tools to create 3D icons?

I really like icons like those created by SoftFacade.com: I read the interview from one of their founders, where he mentions that they use "3d tools" without going into specifics. Now I am looking ...
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How to represent “all”/“all options”/“show all” as an icon

This to go in a tab. The other tabs show quite separate groups the user might find interesting. This tabs contains all of them. I've thought about writing "ALL" (capitals seemed more recognisable in ...
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Icon design etymology?

Is anyone aware of any resources for Icon design etymology, or the history of icon design? I'm talking about icons like Wi-Fi/Ethernet/Bluetooth status indicators, add, save, and similar simple images ...
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Photoshop layers to batch icons?

I am trying to save out 24 rasterized layers to icon format. Is there a script to do this? I have tried greenfish but it does not let me set a custom size 100x100 I have also tried batching as png ...
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Is there a standard color for a 'Share by email' icon for web?

This is a question which has always been floating around my brain when putting the final touches on a website. (And I couldn't find much about it on the web) When using social icons in the context of ...
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Critique: Amateur looking buttons with icons?

I am working on a cms with the feature to 'follow' and also the option to see stats. There are 2 buttons, and the stats value becomes 1.2k etc after it reaches over 1000. I have added some icons, ...
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Editing a bitmap image

I have these two icons: Image without a tick sign Image with a tick sign I want to add a tick sign on the top image which is without a tick sign. I am a developer extremely novice in graphic ...
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Simple icon to represent vibration?

I'm looking for a simple icon to represent vibration. It can't be too similar to the sound icon because I'm going to put it right below a sound icon (the speaker shape). I was thinking something with ...
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How do I create a cursor (.cur) image file in Photoshop CS4?

I'm using Photoshop CS4 and I need to create a .cur image. The actual process of doing so is simple enough but I cannot find the necessary Photoshop CS4 plug-in to do so. Can anybody help me either ...
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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 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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Icon to represent a music mix?

I'm building a music application which can create a mix of songs to play for you. What icon can I use to represent this feature?
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Best icon to represent “I need help to remember this”

I am building a flashcard web application and I want to give to the users the possibility to ask some help (mnemonics) to remember of something. I'd like have a little icon that would represent in the ...
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Modern UI icon - Blur

In an imaging app I'm working on, I want to enable the user to apply a blur filter to the image. Bit creating an icon for that filter isn't easy. Should I Draw a white circle and just apply a blur ...
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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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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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App icon design feedback

I am designing an app icon for an industry-specific business app that does primarily job management. The name is very likely to be called "JobCheck", which may become a part of a collection, or suite, ...
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What is a good icon for expressing sarcasm?

I created smiley for happy, sad and neutral event. Any suggestion for sarcasm? Here is the image for above three expression: Can someone suggest an icon for sarcasm?
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Icon to Signify “search products” or “products”

I'm trying to design a search box for products searching and I can't seem to think of how to represent search for products. My client wants his website to look like this http://www.hipmunk.com/. I'm ...
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How can I improve this icon/design?

Been working on an icon for a blog called Bitcrate which focuses on tech/media stuff. First off, what I have so far: I didn't want to do some rehash of playing off computer 'bits' but thought the ...
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Symbols for two levels of progress in educational software: Pass and Mastered

I need two symbols: Passed the Lesson Mastered the Lesson (earned maximum extra credit) CRITERIA Universal Clear that Mastered is "superior to Passed" Maybe there's nothing better than what ...
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What is the difference between an icon and a button?

Since we are getting more UI questions here on icons and I didnt see this question here I thought it would be on topic to ask what the difference between an icon and a button are other than an icon ...
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How to make a circular zigzag in Photoshop?

For weeks, I have been trying to achieve how to make this. I know how to do the gradients and the fonts and everything else EXCEPT for the zigzag circle. I only use Photoshop to design as I am ...
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How can an Icon symbolize “Search Relevance”?

What's a relatively simple image that could be used as an icon to symbolize "Relevance", such as Search Relevance? I really can't think of anything that would be instantly recognizable, or even that ...
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What is the best way to represent show and hide in icons?

I have a web page that has a list of columns of information. All columns have names and then some of the columns have items in them. I want to have an icon to represent Hide all empty columns ...
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What icons can I use to represent “Essential” or “Desirable”?

I'm putting together a brochure for a job spec, and want to put a table with "Desirable" or "Essential" attributes on it. Not sure what to go with for the icons for Essential / Desirable though. It's ...
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product images/icons for printing company?

I work for a printing company, and our webshop is missing icons/images for our products. So, I've finally convinced my bossman to buy a pack, but we really can't find any... here are a few examples of ...
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How can I design a domain-specific “actions” icon?

We are writing an application for road construction management. Think of the guys that plan the lane expansion or road resurfacing that ruins your day. :) All throughout the application, we have the ...
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What kind of icon should I use for requests?

I work on a platform where users post requests and other users are connected with them, so they come and solve the first users' problems. Pretty much like a freelancing website. I need an appropriate ...
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How would you represent i/o as an icon?

This has caused me to lose sleep and not get my weekly pat in the back from my boss. We have a web hosting related product that consists of database, bandwidth and I/O sub-products. To represent the ...
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Where would I be able to download/purchase stencilled background artwork? [duplicate]

What I mean by "stencilled" artwork is cartoonish glyphs for the background of a graphic, visible on this app page for Things or in the background of this graphic the Ember app page in the top banner. ...
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Icon idea for the air line distance between two places?

The user is allowed to enter an address. After that he is (next to other information) shown the direct airline distance to that place. I just can't come up with an icon that fulfills following: ...
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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 ...