Icons and indicators

Icons and indicators are pictorial representations of objects. They can visually identify your application and also convey meaning to users quickly.

Best practice: Designing icons and indicators

  • Use application icons and simple graphics that clearly represent the application, action, or component.
  • Use imagery that users are likely to recognize. For example, for an email message icon, users are more likely to recognize a postage stamp than a rural mailbox. Be aware that graphics can have different meanings in different cultures.
  • Use a similar perspective to existing application icons. Align your application icon with other application icons.
  • Include negative space around each icon and indicator. For example, if the icon appears on an 80-by-80 pixel canvas, create an icon object that is 68-by-68 pixels.
  • Limit the number of colors in your color palette.
  • Use colors consistently.
  • Avoid text and numbers in icons and graphics because they require localization.

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