Icon Designs are fun to create. Fun to make and fun to use. There are endless images to enjoy. With countless joyous treatments.
The SEO icons created for the Asheville Web Design firm IrishGuy.info.
My Icon Design Process
I manage my design project with three easy steps.
ICON DESIGN – Discovery Stage.
Successful design projects begin with research and discovery. Unlike other items of graphic design. The Icon has to bashfully obey two functions.
Functions of an Icon.
- Be able to stand out alone.
- Remain part of the group.
The modern icon is not a one trick pony. A thoughtful icon will both visual unite and stand solo. The aesthetics of the icon design makes it engaging. Icons rarely function alone. Icons work harmoniously within a larger design system.
My design research begins by considering the audience. Who might use these icons? If I am designing for a company in the UK or Europe, I may reconsider some of the case symbols. Establish cultural and traditional visual guidelines.
ICON DESIGN – Design Stage.
The design problem of creating icons. An Icon has to stand apart while being the same. Keeping icons simple and easy to understand is essential.Overly complicated icons are difficult to grasp. Limit how many design elements to include.
Icon Design Perspective
Icons observation. Any which way. It is a good idea to keep your icon collection in the same Perspective. If you have your icon positioned at a particular angle – maintain the same angle for the icon collection. Keeping a consistent viewpoint will help establish a consistent icon set style.
Universal Icon design mistakes.
- To make elements or unnecessary elements.
- Unnecessary styling – perspective, bevel, shadows.
- Misunderstood metaphors.
- Misused national, international, and social characteristics.
- Use text in icons.
- Including interface features in icons.
- Insufficient individuality between icons.
- Lack of aesthetic unity.
ICON DESIGN – Implementation Stage.
The final and most important part of the design process. Does it work? The implementation stage is more than just getting the design out there. During the Implementation Stage, I am looking for ways to improve and strengthen the design message.
Questions I ask
- Are the icon design consistent?
- Do the colors come together as a unit?
- Do the icons look like they belong together?
- If used: are the reflections, shadows, and lighting consistent?
- Do the icons scale correctly?
Once I am happy with my answers, I then test the icons on real people. I listen carefully to feedback. And value the power of observation . I am always looking for that problematic icon – the one the everyone misunderstands. For the icon collection success all of the icons have to work together as one language.