I am designing a spacial automation player that can run trough:

  1. a single instruction
  2. a single step (a group of instructions)
  3. a section (a group of steps)
  4. script (running all elements)

I am trying to create icons that will explain the relationship between them as well as the meaning of each icon. I tryed to avoid using literal meaning icons, like a footstep icon for steps, because I think that it's missing the point.


This is the wireframe

And this is the initial design I made

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    This question would be better placed at User Experience ux.stackexchange.com – Westside Jun 18 '17 at 8:06
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    No, its not a UX issue, it's a design issue, I am trying to build a visual connection between a set of icons @wesrside – Eran Bar Jun 18 '17 at 9:21
  • I'm immediately confused about the difference between steps 2 and 3. I fully understand the paradigm: One instruction, a predetermined group of instructions, all instructions... but where the fourth choice comes into play I am confused. – mayersdesign Jun 18 '17 at 10:12
  • To expand on that, I don't think your mixing the nouns "instruction", "step" and "element" is helping. Are they all the same thing? – mayersdesign Jun 18 '17 at 10:20
  • @mayersdesign Thanks for the notes, it is indeed confusing, so let me try to clarify it: instruction is the most basic unit. every step contains a batch of instructions. a section is a group of instructions, and script describe a mode that runs all of the sections. for example, lets take pees: each pea is an instruction, each pod of peas is a step, each plant is an instruction and the entire field is the script. – Eran Bar Jun 18 '17 at 11:06

I don't think either set of icons explains your situation yet. What I understand the icons need to convey, in order:

  1. Single
  2. Several
  3. Many
  4. All

Some of your icons are already known symbols, like the folder. I would avoid these that already have meaning.

I think your first code symbol is successful, brackets with a slash inside.

Maybe for Several you can make brackets slash dot dot slash and for many . For All you can use the good old infinity symbol.

One, several, many, all, I can help think of more possibilities to convey this.

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