How should I visually distinguish between the different types of keys available for the end user?

So far the common keys I've come across are

  • Private key (not to be shared)
  • Bitcoin address (to be shared, and may or may not have a backing private key)
  • Compressed public key
  • Casascius keys (where the private key is split in half totaling 3 keys)
  • Multi signatures
  • I'm just looking for an official or preferred standard I can give to my graphic designer. Lacking that she'll just come up with something based on Armory and QT. Dec 17, 2012 at 13:26
  • Please do not use the term Public Key. That isn't a good term to describe what a Bitcoin address is. It is a Bitcoin Address. A Bitcoin Address is a hash of the private key, but calling it a public key is confusing it with PKI. Programmers working on the code might use public key, but outside of that, Bitcoin Address is the preferred term. Dec 18, 2012 at 1:01
  • @StephenGornick I updated references to public key and replaced with Bitcoin Address Dec 18, 2012 at 1:17
  • Bitcoin is new, there isn't any recurring standard that I've seen. Come up with something interesting and it'll probably catch on
    – ryan.ralph
    Jan 30, 2014 at 13:57


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