Best Icons of the Month! (June 2018)

Best Icons of the Month! (June 2018)

As I do every month, I collected the best icons to give you this essential pinch of inspiration and keep the fire inside of you burning. Take a peek into these different styles and unique approaches towards icon design! It’s always a great pleasure to discover them. I’m pretty sure that you will find some fantastic icon designers and icon sets amongst the ones I selected for you this time. Feel free to pin and share the ones that you love the most. It will help these great icon designers to get discovered. Stay inspired, stay curious.   Need more inspiration? Check out Best Icons of the Year here: Best Icons of the Year 2017 Best Icons of the Year 2016   Want to learn how to create icons as awesome as these ones? Check out my Free Icon Design Guide. It will teach you everything you need to know about icon design to get...
Medical Icons Design Process + Download Free Healthcare Icons

Medical Icons Design Process + Download Free Healthcare Icons

Today, increasing numbers of healthcare institutions are embracing the Internet to share helpful health information, create professional communities, and to provide online patient care. However, like many other conservative industries, healthcare suffers from a lack of progressive web design, with a well-elaborated UX and detailed approach. Not least are the icons, which can improve usability and make medical website or software recognizable. In this article, Agente unveils some design secrets and shows how to create healthcare icons and make them effective. In the end, you’ll have a chance to download a free medical icons set developed by their design team. How to get ideas for your medical icon sets? Every design process has its unique workflow, and icon design is no exception. To make an icon set sharp and elegant, just sitting and drawing is not enough. Only a lot of research, preparation, and iterations will bring your work to perfection. Let’s check the basic steps towards designing an icon set for healthcare. Define real-life objects in healthcare that you need to illustrate We all recognize the famous “send” icon in messengers illustrated by a paper plane. The paper sheet which represents mail is combined with the shape of an airplane which constitutes an act of sending. The same should work with healthcare icons to make them recognizable and intuitive. Research the industry or the needs of the specific company to reflect the action by the relevant object. Example: object—first-aid kit, action—buy medicals; object—radiation sign, action—warn about poisonous elements. Visualize these objects as sketches. After you have decided on the set of objects, try to visualize them on paper....
No more excuses – create your own icon set today!

No more excuses – create your own icon set today!

You like icon design, don’t you? Those cute little thingies. Once you notice them, you instantly know what it should mean and this brings a smile to your face. You browse through Dribbble and Behance every day, pinning and favoriting icons you’ve loved the most. But you’re not making our own icons yet. Wait, what? Why? I’ve stopped counting how many times I’ve been asked about how to start and the tools one can use. All those questions and doubts instead of simply starting to actually work on icons! Let this be the wake-up call for you. This time rather than fantasizing about that awesome icon set you will make one day – create it this instant! (Right after you are done reading this article, of course.) If you’re feeling stuck, the first thing I’d recommend doing is checking out my Free Icon Design Guide. There I’ve put everything you need to know about icon design to get started. May you still have questions, keeping reading! I’ve collected a few questions that people have been asking me throughout the years and tried to answer them shortly but comprehensively. Do you see the question that has been eating you away and stopping you from creating your own icon sets? What Program Should I use? Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch – which one to choose? Which of them is better for icon design? Truth is, it doesn’t matter. Choose whichever you know best, and create killer icon sets in it. Personally, I’m using Adobe Illustrator, but if you know nothing about the Illustrator’s workflow, you won’t be able to create icons there, right?...
This will help you to sell more stock icons

This will help you to sell more stock icons

If you’re selling or planning to sell stock icons online, this article is a must read! The amazing team from Iconfinder was so incredibly kind to have shared their data to help icon designers like you and I to succeed in selling stock icons. If you have ever tried to do it, you will already know how important it is to pick the right niche. Of course, you can always try and guess what customers want, but you don’t want to spend hours creating an icon set just to see that nobody is interested in it, do you? That is a waste of time and your energy. I would get up the nerve to say that doing proper market research might be even more important than creating the set itself. Here is a practical example: A long time ago, I published a love-themed icon set prior to St. Valentine’s day on Creative Market. It was doing good for a niche topic like this, but nothing special. One day, guys from Creative Market decided to share their data with all the most popular things their customers searched for. I noticed that “wedding” was trending. That was when I got an idea to have an experiment. I changed the name of my set from “Love/Valentine icons” to “Wedding icons”, and the sales just ramped up! After that, I added a couple more icons, made the presentation more wedding-related, raised the price and published it as a new icon set. Guess, how much did the sales grow? By almost 600%! So you can see how “doing your homework” could benefit your career as an icon designer. The...
The key to success is deliberate practice

The key to success is deliberate practice

It is no secret that to get better at something, you have to practice. A lot. It, among other things, applies to iconography and design in general. Have you ever heard of the 10.000 hours rule? According to it, if you want to become an expert at anything, be ready to practice it for at least 10.000 hours. A cognitive psychology professor John Hayes wanted to examine successful composers, so he listen to thousands of musical pieces and eventually came up with a list of 500 most popular creations that were frequently played in symphonies all around the world. What he discovered was that virtually every single “masterwork” was written after the ten-year mark of the composer’s career. (Out of all 500 compositions, there were only three exceptions that had been written on years eight and nine.) This research definitely shows that in order to be great, you need to practice. I personally am a huge believer that the best way to learn something is to practice, and do it a lot. You can read thousands of articles, watch hundreds of guides, attend dozens of conferences, but never ever will you actually learn it, if you don’t practice this thing daily. You have to put a lot of hard work in it! But does that mean that if you want to become an expert in iconography or any other field, you have to put at least 10.000 hours into it? Is this some kind of a magic number after reaching which you become great in the field? 10.000 hours is a long time even if you’re working every single...
How to find your own unique style.

How to find your own unique style.

I was saving this article for my icon design guide, but eventually decided I didn’t want to wait. I’m also getting plenty of emails regarding the developing of your own style and creating unique icons, so I think it’s high time to share it with you!   So how important is it to have your own unique and recognisable style? How to discover it? And what benefits could it bring? First thing to remember is that icon design in general shouldn’t be unique. It doesn’t mean that the style shouldn’t be either, though. You can recreate the same icon in a million different styles to find the one that would fit the project perfectly. However, your icon metaphors shouldn’t be unique. Unlike the logo design, where you need to come up with a smart, catchy and interesting mark. In iconography, it’s important that a person can recognise the icon in a split second. And this can only be done by using the time-tested and well-known metaphors. So don’t be afraid to use the good old magnifying glass to indicate “search” just because it’s not unique. Your main purpose as a designer is not to be unique, but to solve problems. Tweet This!    If you manage to solve a problem by creating something unique – kudos to you! This is how the world is moving forward. But it sure is not easy.   A lot of people tend to worry about discovering their own unique style too much. To the extent where this fear stops them from creating anything at all, simply because they think it’s not unique enough. They...

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