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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 ...


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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.


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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)


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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 ...


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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 (a submissive or relaxed position, maybe?):


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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A trophy or a checkered flag would usually indicate the sporting event is over and the results are in. From Google Images


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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 ...


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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?


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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 ...


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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.


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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 ...


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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.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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A star A thumbtack a push pin A dollar sign A building Then you could go more specific depending upon the type of store... Clothing (Apparel store) Food (grocery) Drinks (bar) Shoes (Footwear) Tires (automotive) Scissors (haircutting) Wrench (Tools/hardware) Paint Bucket (Home improvement) Leash (Pet store) Plug (Electronics) The list could be ...


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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.


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An API can also be an abstraction of a complex process, so that the end the user will get the desired output without having to go through the complexity of the application programming after using the interface (API). Now, having considered this , any symbol that provides this idea will be good to go. For example, a connector of headphone, start button of ...


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I like thebodzio's idea. I also wonder: Do you HAVE to make an iso icon? I'm asking you this because not long ago someone wanted to design programming languages icons, and I instantly thought of HTML5. You could do something that includes the word API and has a graphic element as well. Something in the line of these images below, but perhaps including also ...


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My first thought: a list with lines simulating different text strings. One of this lines highlighted. Over, and a bit to the side of this list would be a "scrap of paper" with "text" looking exactly the same as highlighted piece. Above all this: a "check" sign. Yes, I know… simple… maybe even dead simple, but I hope this will help even a tiny bit :).


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I would look at classical forms. In architecture we studied how Greeko-roman architecture has been re-employed by empires and institutions (think government, banks etc) of all forms to conjure a sense of stability, security and authority. Additionally the historical period was one where great minds pushed the boundaries of the arts and sciences. This is ...


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It's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's.. SUPERMAN! Go for something bold and simple, like the Superman logo! Although this specific logo may have certain associations with invincibility built up over many decades, the imagery of bold logos also has the same, and will inspire the message you're trying to get through. Also for winning without fighting, ...


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Of course there is a silver and gold badge option, though for mastered, you could use a trophy. (I'm going to put a Googled image for each suggestion for clarity sake) Since it's to do with education you could use scroll icons with silver/gold ribbon. Or a scroll for pass and a graduation cap for mastered. There's also the option of a sash which you ...


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I dont see sarcasm in any icon provided. By the wiki "Sarcasm is "a sharp, bitter, or cutting expression or remark; a bitter gibe or taunt." I would use a tongue on the first image which smile I would change to a one similar to the image below - for me it is very sarcastic...


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Here are some loose ideas. Bluecollar: window cleaning/billboard hangings: paper roll: Brush: Spirit level:


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After Google and symbols.com, it looks like graphicdesign.stackexchange.com is probably your next best bet. The term for the symbol you posted depends on the field it's being used in: In print, it's usually known as a registration mark. In architecture it's described as a position mark. In recorded crash testing, it's referred to as a calibration mark. ...


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[...] 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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