Questions about the use of elements to represent, mimic or suggest an idea, an action or an object. In graphic design, this is usually visual objects, but can technically also include sound, words, numerals or names.

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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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I need suggestions for an 'undelete' icon

Trying to come up with a undelete icon, the best ideas I've come up with so far are an upside down wastebin with rubbish underneath it. It is going to be placed on a user profile page that lists user ...
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How could I show hands that are race neutral?

I'm creating a graphic with a hand holding a phone, but I don't want to show any hand of race(black/white). I've seen once google use a a non-realistic hand and gray-scaling a hand looks even more ...
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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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Logos with avatars (mascots) vs anything else

Has anyone seen a study on how users react to logos that contain alive things like birds vs just geometric shapes or really anything else? I assume everyone will grow to love a mascot more then just a ...
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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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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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What imagery and symbolism would you associate with authority, knowledge and creativity?

Usually those three things tend not to go together and I'm struggling to come up with concepts that combine all three. Any ideas? This will help me with research on an identity project I have coming ...
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How can I visually represent the concepts “invincible” or “winning without fighting”?

If you were asked to represent "invincible" or "winning without fighting" in pictures, how would you do it?
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How can I create imagery for cyber security and cyberspace general while avoiding that late 90's early 2000's look?

If you were to do a google image search for cyber security you'd see exactly what I mean. Even the slickest images representing cyber security or cyberspace seem to fall under a style that IMO is very ...
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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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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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What graphic can be used to represent a maintenance category?

On my site I have some categories. One of which is "Website Maintenance". I want to create a graphic (about 300x by 250y) that represents the Website Maintenance category. But I'm at a low right now, ...
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What Icon Can Be Used to Represent “Attributes”?

I am looking for a comprehensible icon/a visual metaphor to express "arbitrary attributes", in the sense of additional information. In my particular case, each record represents a word, or a name, ...
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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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A graphical design to generically demonstrate art as a concept

I am looking for a way to graphically represent a collection of art without showing any particular piece of art because they all vary in style and to not exclude or embrace any particular style in the ...
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Is a cross for a “clear all” button acceptable?

I am testing an application where there is a button with a cross on an "add new contact" form. I was expecting the cross to close the form (cancel the new contact request), but instead it cleared all ...
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How to convey the idea of an “API” as an icon?

I've been assigned to design an icon (or logo) for our API (Application Programming Interface). In programming, an API allows programmers/developers to access, or "hook into" functionality located on ...
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What is a good icon to indicate that a given item is NOT part of a list?

I need to place an icon next to an email address to indicate that the email address is NOT a member of a given mailing list. This could be abstracted as: What icon best indicates that the entity it ...
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What icon conveys “results”?

I'm looking for an icon to convey results. There seems to be a lot of them online, but the vast majority of them fits the concept of financial results. I'm looking for one that will fit in with ...
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How to create a pictogram representing “experimental therapy”?

I work at university. Our department has a student's day, where we all show posters presenting our research. Of course, the poster isn't supposed to be text-only. But we have to take care of any ...
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How can I visually represent the concept of “planning”?

Trying to create a logo. The customer provides assistance to homeless people by giving them resources and access to providers for help. The word planning is in their name.
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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 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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What is the best icon to represent the shopping cart for an e-commerce store?

I'm looking for an icon that will clearly identify the "shopping cart" for an apparel store. A shopping bag? A Cart? Is there any other specific icon? If we go further, do you think it is better to ...
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How should I design a monochromatic flag

I am in the process of making a web page and I have a "thanks to" section which shows the logotypes of different organizations. The customer wants these logos to be monochromatic; as in white ...
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Icon to represent product menu tree?

We're rebuilding an online platform for online commerce and are thus contemplating hiding the product menu (represented as a tree, usually with a depth of three or so) and only making it appear on ...
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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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How can I symbolize credit? [closed]

I'm trying to think of a way to graphically represent the idea of credit, as in money owed. Are there any conventional solutions to this?
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What icons can be used to represent variable data types?

I am looking for icons to represent data types in a tree (e.g: string, number, date, array, object etc.). Are there any open source/commercial icon sets for this purpose? All my Google search keys ...
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Representing “My” in Logo Design [closed]

What's a good way to represent "My" or ownership in a logo? Specifically own ideas. [Edit:] The logo is for a web app called Mypothesis, it's for people to put their own personal theories out there, ...
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Best symbol for store location? [closed]

Have you experienced any symbols for store location? Any advice, tests or experience user? My common sense would say the Google Maps location symbol works perfectly. I'm also thinking about a house ...
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What kind of design is this? [closed]

i want to design a style, which is classic one and we saw them in movies and old games. I don't know what exactly it is called but i have draw a sketch of it. Thank you.