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Well I am no graphic designer, but what I have in mind is an open garbage bin with a person finding something in it. Since it will portray the user actually looking for something he threw away, it would look more appealing :)


To visualize an undelete operation I guess you would want to convey returning something that is missing. Maybe something along these lines?


Opened penknife or pocket tool gear. Of course for better legibility you should simplify it. However it might be too much detailed for something you want to place into a tab.


If it is for tabs, I would use icon symbolizing cluster of all things, either something more relaxed or less relaxed , depending on overall app style. Also the target audience is important for the decision, because some audiences may already have their 'all' symbol. For example for advanced computer users, 'all' can be expresed by asterisk (wildcard *).


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 ...


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 ...


Nothing special just a quick and simple thought. Without deep thinking.


I think a "regular" trashcan icon with the classic red "circle-slash" would work well. I would read that as "this is not trash".


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 ...


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)


Personally, I think it is hugely dependent on your audience. Children for example love characters, cartoons, animations, smiles and general rainbows, sunshine and happiness. (or at least that's what we condition them to like/like to think they like). So responsive characters and smiley faces are rampant in logos aimed at children. E.g CBeebies this is ...


I don't have any studies, but years ago I came across a website called Suicide Food. I don't advocate the viewpoint, but I think it is relevant to your question. Once you see what they are talking about it is hard not to see it in logos etc. everywhere. My personal reaction is humor and laughter, but I suspect the people who run/ran that blog are earnest ...


I don't think you can assert a matter of perception as a "law" which applies to everyone. I personally like shapes and symbols better than personifying everything - it gets a little cheesy after awhile. I think it is all about preference and execution. If you have a crappy mascot, it won't fly. If you have a crappy geometric logo, it won't fly either; but ...


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 ...


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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