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MajereXYU
Jul 19, 2009, 01:08 PM
Hello!

I was wondering if the power switch icon - that is used on most every computer and piece of electronics these days - is free of rights? Meaning, can someone use it for a business logo, for example?

In the specific case I am thinking about, the symbol would be modified a bit but would still retain the familiar imagery. Could the business face trouble for this?

See here for a picture of the power switch icon:

Linky (http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/2001fp/GRAPHICS/icon-power-button.gif)



Designer Dale
Jul 19, 2009, 05:00 PM
I really doubt you need permission to use such a universal symbol. I looked
around and found these links. the quote is from the link that follows it.

BeatnikPad (http://www.beatnikpad.com/archives/2004/02/03/the_power_on_icon)

"The design of the Power icon doesn’t communicate “power” on its own. Its origin is a mystery, the subject of many questions and few concrete answers. Nevertheless, through repeated use on many devices, the Power icon is a success."

DesignerCorner (http://designcorner.blinkr.net/History_of_the_Button/2007/01/30/Printer_icons:_Design_by_habit)

Dale

no.1 Apple Fan
Jul 19, 2009, 05:22 PM
I highly doubt it. If something like that does exist you just draw one up that you changed a little bit in PS.

MajereXYU
Jul 19, 2009, 05:24 PM
Thanks for the quick replies!

Macrumors enjoys such a helpful community!

Both your answers confirm what I was thinking but a little reassurance is always welcomed.

kockgunner
Jul 20, 2009, 12:31 AM
I always thought it was a combination of | and O for on and off of vacuum tubes old computers or something.

Pixellated
Jul 20, 2009, 03:18 AM
I always thought it was a combination of | and O for on and off of vacuum tubes old computers or something.

I thought that too, actually.

Unibody5
Jul 20, 2009, 03:21 AM
I've thought of the "O" being a complete circuit (wire), and the "|" being something to break it?

pesawyer
Jul 20, 2009, 11:59 AM
I'm not sure but I think the origin is in binary "1 and 0" for "on and off" respectively. Then with common use of momentary push button switches this has evolved into the 1 inside the 0 to create the familiar symbol we see on everything today.

eellingb
Jul 20, 2009, 12:23 PM
The symbol is from ISO/IEC 5009. Quote from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_symbol

"IEC 5009, the standby symbol (line partially within a broken circle), indicates a sleep mode or low power state. The switch does not fully disconnect the device from its power supply. This may appear on a toggle switch opposite a power on symbol, alone on a pushbutton that places the device into a standby state, or alone on a button that switches between on and standby.

Alternatively, under IEEE 1621, this symbol simply means "power".[2]"

Consultant
Jul 21, 2009, 03:52 PM
I am sure many sites already have the same idea. Such as AppleGeeks comic.

The symbol is from ISO/IEC 5009. Quote from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_symbol

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Cool info. Thanks.