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The three stacked bars for a menu (known as a “hamburger menu”) seems like a pretty new concept. Is there any canonical information out there about who created this icon?

I’m curious because it has become a pretty famous and widely used icon for “menu” in the past few years.

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Here are a couple of great resources that explain the origin of the hamburger menu: Who Designed the Hamburger Icon? & A Brief History of the Hamburger Icon . As the articles state, the original designer is a man named Norm Cox who designed it for the Xerox "Star" personal workstation.

An image of the original from the Xerox Star

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    Oh wow! It goes back to the very origin of GUI based OSes. – slebetman Jun 6 '15 at 5:21
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    +1 Hamburger... Really?! Gimme a break... I have never seen it that way. I thought it was just a simple pile of stuff... – Armfoot Jun 6 '15 at 15:25
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    @Armfoot That name is ubiquitous. – TylerH Jun 6 '15 at 18:23

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