I'm trying to think of a way to graphically represent the idea of credit, as in money owed. Are there any conventional solutions to this?

  • Currency sign in red with a negative in front of it. Apr 25, 2013 at 13:49
  • @LaurenIpsum not a bad suggestion, but won't work in my case as there is no currency symbol in the country I'm designing for.
    – bernk
    Apr 25, 2013 at 13:53
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    Generic coins/bills in red? Apr 25, 2013 at 13:55
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    There actually is such a thing as a generic international currency symbol, but, well, nobody really uses it. That said, in the absence of a suitable local currency symbol, you might be able to get away with just using the dollar sign; it's pretty well recognized worldwide. Apr 25, 2013 at 14:19
  • @IlmariKaronen I'm proud to say that I ''do'' know about the currency symbol! :) I learned about it a few years ago while trying to figure out different currencies in an accounting software. Good point about the dollar sign, I'll consider it.
    – bernk
    Apr 25, 2013 at 18:22

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When I thought of someone owing me money, the first thing that came to mind was a hand extended forward, palm up. As in, "give me the money." From there, I thought of the bill collector at the door. Not sure if that idea can be converted into whatever you want to do or if that's the kind of connotation you want to carry, but I thought I'd throw it out there.

Also, if the target is more accounting-oriented, I remember that debit and credit were literally defined as 'the left and right side of the ledger' in my college accounting class. As someone who knew little about accounting, I thought this was a tremendously meaningless definition, but if you're in that world it makes sense and would be recognizable.

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