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Generically, it's called a "fleuron". Some specifically call it an "aldus leaf". A fleuron is essentially an ornamental typographic character. The Aldus Leaf being a commonly used one. More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleuron_(typography)


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Method one - works with any shape. Create a no-fill, no-stroke rectangle and place a $ sign in the middle of it. $ sign must be on top of the rectangle. The amount of space between the $ sign and the rectangle edges will determine the spacing between the repeated $ signs. Drag all that to the Brush panel and choose Pattern Brush when asked. Then click OK ...


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How one can represent several grayish materials in 6 by 6 px using realistic colors? Well... you can't, at least if they're supposted to look different. Personally I'd stick to using just the three colors bronze, silver, gold which have a fairly well recognized order, known from sports-medals. As soon as you add more metals or elements you start to assume ...


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In general, no, you don't want more than one 'aha' element in a logo. That's not to say you can't, or no one has, but it's a tough thing to pull off successfully. In this particular example, you actually have 3 things going on...the 'bike', the 'saddle' and the 'speech bubble'. And I do think they are all competing. None of them stand out in terms of scale ...


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This is probably most likely considered a "rosette" and the style of the time period would be probably be called "Romanesque." As far as this particular design, I don't know if it is a class of design, but it was built up using some very basic geometrical manipulation. The cross is an obvious choice from a cultural perspective as well as a geometrical ...


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Yes! It's called GREP styles, and you'll find it under paragraph styles. It allows you to enter a "regular expression" ( code-based super powerful advanced search), then, it applies a character style of your choice to anything that matches those criteria, instantly and automatically. If you edit text so a snippet no longer ...


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The issue with silver, platinum and diamond is that they are all usually represented with similar colors. Color alone would not be enough, but shape can go a long(er) way. You mention you want your icons to be really small, if that's the case, only way to go is very simple shapes, like Stein mentions. I don't think it would be a good idea to have two ...


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I like the II sign depicting pause on the players. Its advantage is that you can place a "stop" square or other signs of similar style, so the all bunch of signs will be successive.


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how about #1 and #2? Or from the noun project: this icon for drops labled #1 and this icon for poop labeled #2


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Asterism - ⁂ - "[U]sed to 'indicate minor breaks in text,' call attention to a passage, or to separate sub-chapters in a book." Currency Symbol - ¤ - "[U]sed to denote a currency when the symbol for the particular currency is unavailable." Interrobang - ‽ - "[U]sed in various written languages and intended to combine the functions of the question ...


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Make sure you've looked at the ticks and crosses available in Arial Unicode MS, Wingdings and Wingdings 2. Can be difficult to find in Character Map though, as they don't appear at consistent points in the Unicode table. These are not free fonts of course, but given you're producing an image sprite rather than embedding, this is not an issue.


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Another approach to this particular situation is to use a relatively obscure (in my opinion, anyway) feature of the Transform Effect. It's under Effect > Distort and Transform > Transform and not under Object > Transform. The Transform effect doesn't create copies of your object, so it's light on memory. It is also a live effect, so if you change ...


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Window > Symbols (Shift+Ctrl+F11) It's probably already open in a tab by your Swatches and Brushes Then you can just select your objects as a group and drag them right onto that window and it will prompt you to make them into a Symbol as a Graphic or Movie Clip.


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The question asks about prime and double-prime symbols for minutes and seconds, which have been used for ages, and even feature in a piece of piano music (or what would be piano music, if there were a note played). However it then veers off from the question title to ask about extending this to using degree ° for hours. Don't. Prime/Double prime ...


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No. It depends entirely on the font. Some fonts have the superscripting built in, others provide you with relatively full height glyphs. Among those that are predesigned, there are varying levels of optimization for varying point sizes. That last point is critical. The principal considerations are: Make sure the glyphs are legible (some go with the ...


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No. You can't have multiple, differing, iterations of the same symbol. You can use the Symbol tools, like the Symbol Stainer, but that won't allow specific color assignments within any symbol. If you need different colored symbols, you need different symbols. You can easily swap symbols. Simply select a symbol on the artboard and then use the Control bar ...


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Allrighty - I´ll jump in. You could simply use smiley-faces, or you could use a coloured bar of some sort. Another alternative is to simply colour the text, so that the least relevant is a paler colour. Target with or without dart. These examples are very crude, but I hope you get the general idea. Of course, you could combine them. (Should I come up with ...


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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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[...] 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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Edit: Anything depending on unicode characters depends on a) what characters exist in the fonts available to the client and b) what characters and unicode features are supported by the browser. Both are generally pretty bad. This is an example of something that works in Webkit browsers (Chrome, Safari... but not Firefox which mangles these characters) on a ...


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From user experience, I would not recommend to use metaphors in specialized software. Users need to be concentrated on specific tasks and metaphors require some mental work which can be distracting. For sure, people can addict to anything and don't pay attention anymore, but I think more "clear" icons will increase usability.


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I would go with coins, hands down. You do not have to make it a "pile" - a few shiny circles should do. Consider, coins as a term is not going to get out of "fashion", as exemplified by bitCoin.


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It sounds like you're referring to accent marks, also called diacritics. The link has a very thorough list. Each font has certain accented characters built into it. You can see them through a font management program (I don't know what system you're using). It will present you with a sheet of every character available in the font. If the one you want isn't ...


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I think the term you may be looking for is diacritic: a glyph added to a letter, or basic glyph. ... Some diacritical marks, such as the acute ( ´ ) and grave ( ` ) are often called accents. Diacritical marks may appear above or below a letter, or in some other position such as within the letter or between two letters. As the Wikipedia quote ...


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Why not use a male plug and female socket? Like a USB plug and USB port.


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Not by applying styles to the symbols themselves. THe entire purpose of symbols is that they are identical elements. You can duplicate a symbol, edit the specific internal elements and apply styles to those. Then use that new symbol. You would need a separate symbol for each different internal appearance.


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↺ ↔ ⇋ 🔃 🔁 This question is really merely a matter of looking through the tables until you find a symbol which is acceptable. Then ensuring you have a font available which supports that character. On my system, unfortunately half of the above are not supported (at least not in my currently active ...


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↻ ↱↲ ↷ over reversed ↷ (you can get that in HTML & CSS3, alternative characters would be ⃕) ⃝ with ^ and reversed ^ put onto the circle to simulate arrows (again: requires CSS3 to mix&match these) ѻ and hope noone will look too close ;) Sorry, but there isn't a character that matches exactly your requirements.


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I/O means input-output, right? Something that is traditionally conceptualised using flow diagrams? So why not, a box subtly styled to vaguely resemble your company's products (e.g vent-like lines on the edges? plastic/brushed aluminium texture?), a jagged electricity-like or curly cable-like arrow from the left going in, and the same arrow on the right ...


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After you insert a new symbol you can right click on the layer and "Detach from symbol" Now scaling it will only effect that one instance.



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