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The circle (or otherwise white mark) is a meant to be a reflection. The reflection makes it more realistic and understandable as an icon. As seen in a google image search, our eyes are pretty reflective and we often perceive this even if we don't consciously think about it. As Andrew H notes, this reflection is called a catch light. Below is one for ...


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Those icons are entirely serious. Modern design, consistent enough style and obvious to a passerby. Maybe not the money bag to me, but I'm sure its more obvious in the context of the application. However in my personal opinion, icons often get bad reputations for being "Clip-art", when they absolutely serve an important purpose. They are easily recognizable ...


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I think it is, psychologically, to do with the eye looking more "alive" and animated. If you can see reflections in an eye (which this circle represents), it must be well-moistened, which means the subject is blinking, perhaps looking around, etc. The latter, without the reflection, looks kind of dead, or perhaps in a zombie-like stupor. I think this is ...


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You can desaturate your icons or convert them to grayscale to take out the color, which many will feel gives them a more business-like appearance. You can also overlay the icons over gray and reduce the opacity of the icons to gray them somewhat and mute the colors.


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It’s a “catch light” from portrait photography. That is literally a reflection of the photographer’s flash, or in some cases, a special light that is meant to light up the eyes. When you look at the portrait, the catch light draws you to the eyes, making the eyes pop out. Illustrators look for details like these so that they can draw simple shapes, and yet ...


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\e61e is technically this character:  in UTF-8 encoding (the default encoding for CSS - this can be changed using @charset). So that's the literal answer to your question. But as Joonas mentioned in the comments, a font can map a character like this to a symbol, in this case an icon, of their choosing. So in actuality, what you're seeing is likely ...


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these icons aren't representing the company, they are tools used for software that the company produces. You can educate your bosses/decision-makers with examples from your competition's software (or other modern software). You certainly need additional information before you waste everyone's time with a redesign. Find out what the goal is regarding a ...


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I am not a graphic designer, nor I do play one on TV, but I learn things from the ones who work in my office. In his answer, Simon White detailed some ways to have the font less colorful. Instead of opacity (which in this gase makes the image more gray given the background) I'd use darker colors: grey or grayed out icons often mean inactive buttons when ...


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The Noun project can give you ideas. Here are some ideas Image 1-2: Search for Erase, by Chris Robinson and Dan Hetteix Image 3-4: Search for Clear, by Ilsur Aptukov. Search for Empty by Sergey Demushkin. I'm sure you can get more ideas by searching yourself. You can combine ideas, for example clipboard with a eraser symbol etc.


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How about some sort of cleaning device? A sponge A window cleaning thing (squeegee) A car frontwindow cleaning thing A eraser or my favorite: A Skull with crossed bones ;)


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As a metaphoer for "Authenticate" you could also use those "Hi my name is" shield which are used on conventions or networking events. These shields (I don't know how the are called) "authenticate" the person with his name. Or something like a "Passport Control". Where the user badge is validated and then approved. Or you could make a "Stamp" icon you ...


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If they don’t like the lock icon, which is kind of a universal for access or no access, then maybe try something like these. Forbidden: Access Granted: OR Visible: Not Visible: There’s also the universals More Info icon to give initial access to a pop-up:



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