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Icon Design

Icon Design is fun and challenging at 64 px square. Icons are are small graphical representations of things or concepts. They are used in a variety of ways. Operating systems use them to label link buttons and they are used for graphical user interface (GUI) to help navigate around a website or application. You might find them sprinkled around magazine articles to help guide the eye to the next important message or in games design to identify components of the game.Icons are fun and challenging to create. Typically made at anywhere from 32 to 100 pixels square we make ours at 64 px square. Icons are the definition of simplicity. You must be willing to simplify, or leave out entirely, details that won’t fit.

There are several different styles of icons too.

Icon Design by Type:

Outline Icon Style

lined icon light bulbOr lined icons as they are sometimes call are typicallly one color and are clean and modern. Glyph Icon Style.

Glyph Icon Style

glyph iconOften called monochromatic style, focuses on simple shapes and smooth curves for quick and easy object recognition.

Colored Icon Style

snail mail icon Add a little color to your outline icon and you have a filled outline icon.

Two-Toned Icon Style

Thumbs up iconA variant of the colored icon using 2 shades of the same color.

Flat Icon Style


Flat icons are the colored counterpart of glyph icons and are known for their subtle use of highlight and shadow.

Badge Icon Style

Mid Century Modern House IconMy personal favorite. This is the style where I get to play with color and textures. The badge icon typically has a solid round or hex shape in the background.

Photorealistic Icon Style

These take the longest to create because of their high fidelity. Now we are moving closer into the realm of illustration and out of icon design,

Of course there are other design styles for icons. Each designer has a style they love or specialize in. As illustrators we do them all and apply them depending on the client’s specifications and brand.

Joy Bezanis

Joy Bezanis takes a holistic approach to organic growth by integrating your brand, website, social media optimization (SEO), and social media content targeted to your market demographics.With her formal education in Graphic & Web Design, and her legal and marketing experience, she is passionate about helping small businesses create a cohesive and comprehensive brand and customer experience.3rd Power Creative is a full service creative agency located in Phoenix. We work with small businesses to create outstanding logos, branding, marketing campaigns, websites and more.

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