Questions tagged [symbolism]

Questions about the use of elements to represent, mimic or suggest an idea, an action or an object. In graphic design, this is usually visual objects, but can technically also include sound, words, numerals or names.

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What can be done to avoid your design having a second meaning?

Occasionally, you hear about a graphic that has been published, but unfortunately the designers missed a second way interpreting of it. For example, this ad that was actually published: Source: A ...
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What symbols have been used to represent planets (in the solar system, or other)

The Wikipedia page on gender states that the male and female symbols are symbols for the planets Venus and Mars. I wonder whether other planets in the solar system or other also have planet symbols. ...
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What is a suitable icon for nonspecific spirituality?

Christianity can be represented with the crucifix icon, Judaism with a Start of David, Bhuddism with a Dharma wheel, etc, etc. What icon would be suitable to represent spirituality in general, not ...
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Have any Unicode symbols reached archetype status for indicating good, bad, and neutral or winner, loser, and tie?

I am looking for a way, preferably with symbols, to denote a winner, loser, or tie—or, thought of another way—good, bad, or neutral. For instance, in a table of features, to indicate that the feature ...
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Is there a symbol representing “Focusing on one thing at a time”?

I am not sure I am in the right sub of stackexchange, but I couldn't find a better fitting place - if you know a more fitting sub, please tell me! Some symbols have become universal - like the usb ...
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How do they make illustrations for the functional programming?

Here are some samples from "Learn some Haskell" Here are samples from "Learn some Erlang" Here are "Illustrated Monads" And here is Bartosz Milewski's Category Theory caffe I wonder, how do they ...
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Anotate a List within a Presentation: As good/ok/bad

I want to get away from: ticks & crosses - crosses give an impression something is wrong; red/amber/green - red gives the impression something is wrong; Thumbs Up, down and sideways - its not the ...
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Is there an icon for the word “ICON”?

Is there an icon for the word icon? I am trying to build a website like flaticon, and made me wonder, is there an icon for icons? Like there are icons for settings or database.
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Is there a symbol for the concept of “other”?

I'm creating a list of locations/objects, separated into categories. I'd like an "other" category, but I'm struggling to come up with an icon for it. Has someone ever created a generic "other" symbol? ...
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How to represent a general movie in a cover picture for illustration purpose?

I'm making a SaaS landing page, and in the upper section there's an interactive illustration of the product (a web interface) in a browser, showing what you can do with the product. This interface ...
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Icon for ‘backwards compatible’?

How can I represent backwards compatibility in an icon? Our company makes building control systems and we are currently developing a whole new platform/range (hardware and software) which will ...
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How to convey the concept of “Clear Communication” with an icon or simple illustration

A client is requesting that I illustrate a concept for a brochure. The literal verbiage that was provided to me was "Be Intentional and Transparent In Our Communications & Decision-making." It's ...
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What is a symbol showing support for Gay Rights that makes it clear I am a straight supporter?

In light of the horrific tragedy that took place in Orlando, FL (Pulse Nightclub Shooting) I would like to design a banner for my balcony to show my support of the LGBTQ community. I know the Gay ...
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What is the best Icon to use for an item's state of: “I need to borrow” and “I already have it”?

I am working on an interface which let's a user select an item's state of ownership. The states may be "Buy", "Borrow" or "Have". What are the best Icons to describe these options visually? The "...
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how to use golden ratio and fibonacci to improve a shape's form?

I'm trying to improve my skills and make this X look more appealing, the logo icon is an X, and it's related to tracking technology, I'm trying to it more interesting like these
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How can I elegantly represent Gravity?

I need to represent 4 things in a simple, pictographic form. I've got the first 3, for Wind, Water and Ice - but I need one for gravity in the same style. I'm struggling because gravity is not visible....
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Icon for clearing ALL values in form

What icon should I use for clearing all values from textboxes, selectors etc in my form on aspx website. I don't want to use the reload button icon, because I'm not going to do postback I will just ...
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What is the status of numbers in the Mollerup's taxonomy for trademarks?

I am wondering how are numbers treated within the taxonomy of trademarks by Per Mollerup which is explained in his book Marks of Excellence. Numbers are not explicitly defined and I believe there ...
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How to document a double click?

I am writing documentation for a software program. To open a document, it must be double clicked. Considering readers skimming through the screenshots only and not reading the text, how to design the ...
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What should I choose for an icon for “praise”?

I want to make an icon that symbolises action such as praise. Thumbs up icon for "Like" is great. But it's just a casual thing to do. I want something that we do for something like Show appreciation ...
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Icon representing juniors, age 7-15

I am trying to find an icon suitable to represent kids between the the age of 7 ~ 15. So far I have come across this: 1) 2) I was wondering if there is a better option out there?
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What icons can represent the concept of “already purchased”?

I am doing an iOS app that shows recommended products to identified customers in a brick and mortar store. The customer can tell an associate, "Oh, I bought that already", the the associate can so ...
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Icon to represent smooth?

I am looking for icon ideas on how to represent a smoothing quality. The icon will be used for a tool that will smooth out points on a jagged curve.
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Icon to represent transparency?

I am looking for ideas on how to iconically show that an element has an opaque quality.
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How can I visually represent and make a good contrast between Mechanical Stairs and fixed stairs?

The title says pretty much it. But here a little more context: There's a EXIT sign I want to improve. I should look something like this: Fixed stairs <= EXIT => Mechanical Stairs My questions: ...
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Icon to represent “usable offline”

I have two versions of my application: online: Requires Internet connection to function properly offline: Can be used offline, for instance in the plane QUESTION: How to represent the fact that an ...
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What can symbolize both beauty and relaxation?

I am looking for a symbol that suggests beauty, and connotes relaxation as well. The context is that I am making an icon for a spa and salon finder service. At the beginning it seemed like a rich ...
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What's a good icon to represent “fit” on an apparel site?

I'm implementing a fit visualiser which uses an existing product that the user owns to estimate the matching size to select when buying something. The fit visualiser is is called "Virtusize". The ...
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Icon for “manual ping”

I have an app that connects to a server (a computer) over bluetooth. Once the connection is made, there are chances that the connection drops (because the user can physically switch of bluetooth) so I ...
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Icon to designate use/usage

I'm looking for suggestions for an icon to represent 'use' e.g. leather can be used for shoes, clothing etc or shell can be used for scraping, cutting, adornment etc. So in this context usage is ...
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What generic icon could be used to symbolize a brand (McDonalds, Apple, etc..)?

I need to use an icon in a web application that will represent "Brand" as an object. The "Brand" could be "McDonalds", "Apple", "BMW" or any other company/brand. What generic icon would represent "...
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Is it our task to teach people new scientific discoveries?

You know how a raindrop looks like, don't you? Well, maybe not... While the German Wikipedia doesn't list that fact yet, it has reached the English version: Whenever designers refer to rain drops or ...
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Is there a better visual than the infamous generic stock photo employee for a human connection? [closed]

We have a strict corporate policy against publishing any photos. In fact one magazine requested a head shot for the cover of their issue and we had to decline that part of our contract. What are ...
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A graphical design to generically demonstrate art as a concept

I am looking for a way to graphically represent a collection of art without showing any particular piece of art because they all vary in style and to not exclude or embrace any particular style in the ...
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What Icon Can Be Used to Represent “Attributes”?

I am looking for a comprehensible icon/a visual metaphor to express "arbitrary attributes", in the sense of additional information. In my particular case, each record represents a word, or a name, ...
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What kind of design is this? [closed]

i want to design a style, which is classic one and we saw them in movies and old games. I don't know what exactly it is called but i have draw a sketch of it. Thank you.
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Is a cross for a “clear all” button acceptable?

I am testing an application where there is a button with a cross on an "add new contact" form. I was expecting the cross to close the form (cancel the new contact request), but instead it cleared all ...
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Icon that visualizes hiding/showing empty columns? [duplicate]

What would be the right icon for a toolbar button that triggers the following functionality in a spreadsheet application? Toggle the visibility of all columns of the current sheet that currently don'...
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How could I show hands that are race neutral?

I'm creating a graphic with a hand holding a phone, but I don't want to show any hand of race(black/white). I've seen once google use a a non-realistic hand and gray-scaling a hand looks even more ...
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I need suggestions for an 'undelete' icon

Trying to come up with a undelete icon, the best ideas I've come up with so far are an upside down wastebin with rubbish underneath it. It is going to be placed on a user profile page that lists user ...
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Logos with avatars (mascots) vs anything else

Has anyone seen a study on how users react to logos that contain alive things like birds vs just geometric shapes or really anything else? I assume everyone will grow to love a mascot more then just a ...
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Universal Icon for Religion [duplicate]

Is there a culturally-universal symbol to represent religion or a place of worship? I would like to avoid having an icon containing multiple religious symbols because that opens up a whole mess of ...
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How should I design a monochromatic flag

I am in the process of making a web page and I have a "thanks to" section which shows the logotypes of different organizations. The customer wants these logos to be monochromatic; as in white ...
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How to represent craftsman services / manual work as icon?

Our application helps creating invoices and allows to insert an item into an invoice that represents a service performed by a craftsman. A typical service could be paperhanging or installing ...
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What is a good icon for expressing sarcasm?

I created smiley for happy, sad and neutral event. Any suggestion for sarcasm? Here is the image for above three expression: Can someone suggest an icon for sarcasm?
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Symbols for two levels of progress in educational software: Pass and Mastered

I need two symbols: Passed the Lesson Mastered the Lesson (earned maximum extra credit) CRITERIA Universal Clear that Mastered is "superior to Passed" Maybe there's nothing better than what I've ...
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What icons can I use to represent “Essential” or “Desirable”?

I'm putting together a brochure for a job spec, and want to put a table with "Desirable" or "Essential" attributes on it. Not sure what to go with for the icons for Essential / Desirable though. It's ...
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Icon to represent product menu tree?

We're rebuilding an online platform for online commerce and are thus contemplating hiding the product menu (represented as a tree, usually with a depth of three or so) and only making it appear on ...
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Icon idea for the air line distance between two places?

The user is allowed to enter an address. After that he is (next to other information) shown the direct airline distance to that place. I just can't come up with an icon that fulfills following: this ...
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What is the best icon to represent the shopping cart for an e-commerce store?

I'm looking for an icon that will clearly identify the "shopping cart" for an apparel store. A shopping bag? A Cart? Is there any other specific icon? If we go further, do you think it is better to ...