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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Alternative symbols to represent Valentine's Day?

Anyone have ideas other than heart shapes?
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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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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 ...
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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 is the recommended method of creating these icons?

To learn the fundamentals of interface design, I am trying to replicate some better known app interfaces. The 'flatter' layout of many iOS7 applications makes it relatively straightforward. However ...
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Header for free, Open Source plugin (translates UI into user language)

We're about to publish a free, open source plugin that translates the WordPress admin UI into the users language. This plugin will be freely available in the official wp.org plugin repository. Now we ...
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New generation of 'Edit' icon that is not a pencil?

I was jotting down some notes for a future project, sketching some simple icons for functionality etc, but all I could come up with for an icon to represent 'edit' was a pencil. The pencil seems to ...
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News Feed? Activity?: What are some ways to represent this term as an icon?

I'm working with a team on an app that deals with events(conventions, meetups, weddings, etc) and travel. The closest competitor would be Epilogger. One section in this app is called Activity(ies). ...
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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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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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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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What icon fits “navigation”?

I just thought about the this: We have dozens of well known icons for nearly each and everything. All those icons normally are inside some sort of "navigation" (bar/menu/etc.). But what's the icon for ...
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How do you make an Android loading icon in Illustrator?

I'd like to know how to make an android style loading icon in Illustrator. Can anyone help? It doesn't have to spin, i'd just like to know how to create the opacity on the circular object. This is ...
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Need a neat way to show availabity (e.g. working hours)

I need to show service availability for a service catalogue I am putting together. I want to do this as economically (in terms of real estate) as possible. For example, a service may be available: ...
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How can I spice up my flat iOS icons?

I'm making an icon for a speed reader app for the iPhone. These are more or less the designs I've been toying with: Looking at them though, I just find they're a little boring. With the iOS 7 ...
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Where can I find assets and the terms of use for creating buttons/icons with various social network logos?

Sharing icons/buttons are a big thing these days: (From here) Are all/most of the icons you see around the web created without explicit permission? If there is permission granted for the logo, ...
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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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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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Super-thin UI Trend: Is there a name for this “beyond 'flat'” style?

I really like the look of this screenshot on Dribbble: And I'd like to employ a similar navigation for both desktop and mobile devices. I’m looking for a similar UI set – large (X) to close out a ...
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What could be most indicative icon for “Blog”?

I'm really stuck thinking on what could be the most friendly way to represent "Blog" as icon. Google search led me here but it doesn't indicate a blog completely. I have designed this: but it ...
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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 or Illustrator for Icon Design

Photoshop and Illustrator compared, both expose nearly the same possibilities to create icons except that Illustrator uses a vector based system. In which situations is which product more reasonable ...
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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 ...