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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Are there any universally accepted icons for Gold, Silver, and Bronze?

This is an additional question to one which I had asked on UXSE for making the Badges inclusive by providing unique icons for Gold, Silver, and Bronze Badges. Are there any universally accepted ...
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Icons or symbols for asymmetric (public-key) cryptography

I need some graphical representation of the elements of asymmetric (public-key) cryptography. I have not been able to find any established convention in this area, and struggle to find good candidates ...
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Can someone please help me do a visual analysis of this advertisement [closed]

** Not a homework question I recently stumbled upon a very interesting advertisement by an organization called "World for all" . I was thinking of writing an analytical paper on analyzing 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 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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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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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 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 ...
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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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How can I create imagery for cyber security and cyberspace general while avoiding that late 90's early 2000's look?

If you were to do a google image search for cyber security you'd see exactly what I mean. Even the slickest images representing cyber security or cyberspace seem to fall under a style that IMO is very ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 imagery and symbolism would you associate with authority, knowledge and creativity?

Usually those three things tend not to go together and I'm struggling to come up with concepts that combine all three. Any ideas? This will help me with research on an identity project I have coming ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Small character or image to represent code?

Now I want to put something in a logo which can represent that we do coding or at least signifies coding or something that's related to code like { P = () * etc What's the smallest character or ...
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Need concept or pictorial representation “thinking code”

I need to insert a small logo where I can convey that code can think or thinking code. Is there way to represent that in very small logo form?
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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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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 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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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 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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What icons can be used to represent variable data types?

I am looking for icons to represent data types in a tree (e.g: string, number, date, array, object etc.). Are there any open source/commercial icon sets for this purpose? All my Google search keys ...
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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 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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How would you represent “religion” in an icon, neutrally?

I am involved in a web application where items in a list have a category. Each category of an item is shown through the use of an expressive icon. One of the categories is religion. My coworker, 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 ...