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
Or lined icons as they are sometimes call are typicallly one color and are clean and modern. Glyph Icon Style.
Glyph Icon Style
Often called monochromatic style, focuses on simple shapes and smooth curves for quick and easy object recognition.
Colored Icon Style
Add a little color to your outline icon and you have a filled outline icon.
Two-Toned Icon Style
A 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
My 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.