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Why use a white circle/spot in eye icons/logos?


Question

What is the reason behind using a white circle/spot in eye icon/logo in terms of visual or graphic design? Is there any specific meaning?

 white spot in eye icon

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2/11/2016 6:25:00 AM

Accepted Answer

The circle (or otherwise white mark) is a meant to be a reflection.

The reflection makes it more realistic and understandable as an icon. As seen in a google image search, our eyes are pretty reflective and we often perceive this even if we don't consciously think about it. As Andrew H notes, this reflection is called a catch light. Below is one for example:

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For comparison take a look at these two icons below. I'd argue that the one with the dot looks more human like and friendly.

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