Hot answers tagged symbolism
Nothing special just a quick and simple thought. Without deep thinking.
Assumptions: We want to get across to new users that things can be restored from being deleted, trash can style (if not, or users already know, go with DA01's simple 'undo' icon) We want the focus to be on the action the button does (with the trash can element a minor secondary detail) Usual icon criteria: simplicity, uniformity, must work at small sizes ...
What about an icon depicting a set of praying hands? Edit: It seems that Civilization 4 uses something similar: Check out the seventh icon in the row of icons in the top-right corner of this screenshot, below "PM".
Forgive the absolutely terrible sketch; I had to make do with what I had. I prefer simple expression with little detail and understandable shapes. This intends to communicate recovery from a bin with a backwards arrow.
I'd show trash bin with papers inside and the arrow which begins from papers inside the bin to outside to pale paper silhouette. Like this one small one or this one EDITION (if you need a delete button)
Context is always key, so if this is already a list of deleted content, the user already will know that it's deleted content. As such, you probably don't have to have the icon represent 'trash' or anything that literal--as it's redundant (we already know these items are 'in the trash'. I'd suggest a more generic 'undo' or 'revert' icon would make more ...
Most airports I've seen that have a multi-faith room use, if not just text, some human figure in what you could call a prayer position:
I'd recommend not using a star, as stars are very often used for "favourites" lists or to mark the current content as a favourite. It sounds like you're trying to create something that looks like a generic brand logo, like an icon for brands and logos in general. This is tricky because you're looking for something that is common to logos - when logos ...
Even Google Maps does not have a single symbol: Patrick Hoffman is a user experience designer for Google - including Maps: "Google Maps visitors probably don't think twice about the little pictures that dot its maps, but an icon's creation can be a fraught process, he says. "Some of the best landmarks are places of worship because they tend to ...
While DA01's answer makes it's point that there are a thousand-and-one ways to do this, I'd like to suggest a specific style that exhibits simplicity and professionalism without sacrificing anatomic accuracy. You can access the source of these icons here. On the site, you'll see that there are versions holding and interacting with a phone in various ways; ...
Thinking outside the box on this; a simple triangle could represent Maslow's hierarchy of needs. I can't think of anything that would represent it better, that can also be captured and conveyed in such a simple icon. A simple triangle maybe with a few horizontal lines depending on its size would be a well thought out icon. It may be a little obscure but ...
Have the hand wear a glove. The first example that comes to mind is a white mime's glove, but there should be other possible colours and designs.
A spanner (for my US readers - a wrench) is usually associated with maintentance (tighening bolts and whatnot) perhaps you could cross this imagery with something computer or website related. Crossing the both images will give your user an immediate idea of what the icon represents. Could you perhaps post an image of one of your other icons, we may be able ...
the right combination of colors immediately makes me think of valentine's day. I'd say a pink ribbon/stripe through a rich red background is a subtle but effective reminder.
We don't do brainstorming here but we can help refining what the problem is and looking at the way to approach coming up with ideas for something like this. We're talking about visual metaphors that evoke the right kind of associations and that set the right mood, tone and associations. 'Cyber' in the late 90's and early 2000's generally evoked the ...
A trophy or a checkered flag would usually indicate the sporting event is over and the results are in. From Google Images
A gear Tools: hammer, screwdriver
I know you said that the icon does not have to utilize an airplane, but if we are talking about airline miles, I was thinking it might work anyway. I found a few images that might spark the creativity genius in your quest for an icon composition. Maybe try checking these out: Shows a map and ruler: Shows a map and GPS pin: Hope some of those might ...
The icon used for religious places will differ from country to country. Usually unique symbols that represents each religion is used. Here is an example from a Sri Lankan map where it's 4 dominant religions are represented with 4 different icons. I'm not sure how universally accurate this is, but in most countries putting your hands together symbolizes ...
How could I show hands that are race neutral? By not using literal hand imagery. Any actual photo of a hand will inherently have a particular skin tone. As such, turn to illustration:
I think what you are after, are some way of indicating "more, unspecific information". As @Cakey points out, not everything in the world needs an icon, so maybe some indication of editing might work fine. Luggage tags are usually used for tags as in identifying synonyms on additional information, mainly as a help for search and batch. Such as swiss ...
No, unless the work is for a scientific or technical publication. In that case, it would be accompanied by explanatory text, which a usual design would not. Since we're not going to be around to explain the weird shape you put in your design ("No, really. It's a raindrop!") to everyone who sees the finished piece, designers stick with what is recognized, not ...
The things that come immediately to mind are: envelope with a no entry symbol overlaid; envelope with a green check for "included" and a red X for "excluded"; and green envelope for inclusions and red envelope with a slant mark across it for the exclusions. Hope that gives you some ideas.
Yep, that's a drill. A ray gun is not "newfangled and risky." It's either "dangerous assault from outsiders" or "futuristic protection against dangerous assault." I am a Trekkie. Trust me on this. "Science" would be represented by a beaker or a flask. What about a beaker with a question mark in it?
Leonardo Da Vinci was the pinnacle of art, design and science of his time. Thinking along those lines, objects that are similar to being a nice combination of the three, assuming authority, could be the wonders of the world, especially the pyramids. The pyramids represent an interesting idea since the three sides which coincides with your three criteria as ...
Since we're lacking quite a bit of context here, let me make an assumption that you are referring to using an icon on a map. what is best? We can't say. There likely is no 'best'. what are some options? Nearly anything. As long as the icon stands out from the map itself. A dot may suffice.
Undelete is nothing but Restoring, I would not recommend using an Undo icon, as if the entry can be editable or some other actions can be made on that record, user would certainly think that the Action can be Reversed, rather than you icon showing that it's for Untrashing/Undeleting. So I've got couple of ideas here.. You can show a Recycle icon, which is ...
Of course, you could always use an image of an actual branding iron (there some good ones on the internet which could be adapted for use as an icon). After all, the modern day "brand" came to us from the practice of branding goods with branding irons to establish ownership. Who knows? The idea might eventually catch on!
I'm not sure of a general library, but this is the symbol for centre of gravity in engineering. You also see it used on crash test dummies and vehicles, where apparently it's a danger symbol.
[...] what is an effective research process for looking into the existing meanings of a symbol you might be using in a drawing or icon? If you don't recognize the symbol and you can't easily locate it using methods like Googling for "symbol" or "symbols" or using other reference material you have available, then perhaps the symbol has no traditional, ...
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