Make text look like it’s part of icon

I’m trying to create a ‘Delete History’ icon. Here’s how it looks now:

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There are two problems:

1 – I feel something doesn’t look right.
2 – How do I get “History” to look like it’s there, and not that I just inserted the text? I tried using Warp in PhotoShop, but I didn’t get the desired effect.


As @Kurt pointed out, I made rounded corners, and I changed the font to a rounder font. How does this look?

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Icons are made to not include text within it for many reasons.

  1. First, Icons could be smaller and any text in it could be hard to read
  2. Second, Icons are made to relate and connect a certain function with well know visual representation to man mind, without thinking or even reading.
  3. Third, what would you do when somebody in other country wants to localize your Icon in his native language? you are making hard to localize your application to other languages.

So it is not preferable to represent any text within the icon graphics.

For me History could be representing with clock.

Source : Link , Question Author : Horay , Answer Author : hsawires

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