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 "Borrow" state should indicate that the user knows someone that has that item, and so they know they can borrow it.

The "Have" state should indicate that the user already has or owns that item.

I have already created icons for these options, but I'm still not 100% on the design. My icon images are attached below.

Icon indicating the state of "Borrow".

Icon indicating the state of "Have".

6/1/2016 3:59:00 PM

Accepted Answer

If you want the icons to stay as uniform as possible, I'd suggest sticking with the same shape language throughout.

The idea here is that using the same shape unifies this icon set and makes it immediately understandable.
Borrow and Have Icon

5/20/2016 12:49:00 AM


Arrow pointing to a hand

Arrow pointing to a hand

Have an arrow pointing to a hand, this idea is you getting something.


I think using a green checkmark would work well for this. I think the idea of checking something off your list with a checkmark is pretty common. To show that you don't have something, you could even have a grayed out checkmark.