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Icon Design Guide Landing page is Live!

Icon Design Guide Landing page is Live!

Hey, hope you’re doing well! You probably noticed that I haven’t been posting as much as I used to. Well, that is all due to lots of work I’ve been occupied with recently, and all my remaining free time I’ve been devoting to the upcoming free icon design guide. So that you don’t think I’m making excuses, I thought I’d update you on the progress with the guide. I’m really giving it my all because I want it to be a complete and best source for everyone in icon design, regardless of whether you are only thinking about taking up designing icons or already have some experience. And believe me, the Guide is so worth waiting for! It is going to be massive. Anyways, over the last week I’ve managed to put together the landing page for my Free Icon Design Guide. Check it out! Now when you can see what it’s all about and what it will be stuffed with, I definitely encourage you to sign up to be notified when the Guide is all done and ready to be spread. I reckon it will be an amazing source for anyone who is about to start out as an icon designer as well as for those of you who want to improve their icon design skills. I’ll also be doing some giveaways on the launch day so you don’t want to miss out! Stay tuned....
Do we need a new Save Icon?!

Do we need a new Save Icon?!

There have been a lot of talks around the well-known Save icon. Every now and then another article about kids not knowing what a floppy disk is pops up in my news feed. The point of these articles is that using a floppy as a Save icon is no longer relevant, so we need to immediately change it. But do we really? I keep track of the icons that everybody suggests to replace it with, but I haven’t yet come across one that would look better than the floppy disk. Honestly, a floppy disk may be the ideal object for an icon, and here is why: It has a recognisable shape; It’s square, which means it perfectly fits into an icon grid; It doesn’t have any tiny details so it’s distinctive even in small sizes; Everybody knows its meaning already. Kids may not understand what that is, but they do know what that icon stands for; It means only one thing – save. Unlike some other icons such as a magnifying glass that can mean both ‘search’ and ‘zoom’. So why change it? If you look carefully at your desktop screen, you will notice a bunch of other antique symbols. I mean, do you remember the last time you used an actual magnifying glass? And do kids really know what that strange curvy thing we press to call somebody on a smartphone is? My daughter just asked why we say “hang up” the phone and now I feel 90. — Jason English (@EnglishJason) June 2, 2015 A Settings gear, folders, etc. There are tons of objects you would rarely...
Icon Design Guide – I Need Your Help!

Icon Design Guide – I Need Your Help!

Hey! Hope everything is going great! If you follow me, you know that I spent the last month and a half traveling around Thailand exploring its magnificent islands. I needed this time-off to evaluate what I’ve achieved with Icon Utopia thus far and think of where I should go with it next. I talked briefly about my Thailand trip in the previous article if you want to check it out. So as mentioned there, I have some big plans for the blog. I decided that weekly blog posts are not enough anymore and I want to give the people who are willing to learn icon design more value. With that in mind, I started working on a bunch of exciting stuff like interviews, videos, tutorials, and so on.   And now it is time for you to step in and help me with it! Here is the deal: I want to create an awesome, value packed from the first to the very last page “Icon Design Guide” that would contain everything you need to know to start working on your first icon set or simply to learn something new about icon design. I’ve written a good deal of blog articles about that, and I know you have learned a lot from them too considering how many positive emails I’m getting. This is fantastic and really motivating. You guys are incredible, and I don’t think I will ever stop telling you this. But also, going through your feedback I understood how extremely helpful a complete guide with all the necessary information about icon design would be. Just imagine a guide...
What Stops Me (And Probably You) From Publishing Regularly?

What Stops Me (And Probably You) From Publishing Regularly?

Hey! How are you doing? Hope everything is well! You may have noticed that I haven’t been as consistent with my output as I used to be. Every now and then I find myself skipping my weekly blog updates or putting a blind eye to the “Discover the best icons of the week” series. Of course this influences me negatively on both professional and personal levels because I’m that type who believes that consistency is the key ingredient when it comes to progress. I’m certain that you need to be persistent if you want to go forward and get better at something. But staying persistent is a hard job in itself, let alone when you feel accountable for delivering the best content about icon design. The responsibility is huge and the last thing I want to do is disappoint you guys. Since I have been struggling with keeping up with the schedule, I thought it would be productive to analyze why I have been delaying the work, and share my thoughts with you to help all of us be more obligated in the future. So let’s take a look at the issues that stop me from publishing regularly. By no means I’m trying to complain here. My aim is to examine the problem and suggest solutions to overcome them, because I know that a lot of people struggle with the similar issues. I’ve distinguished three main problems: 1) Not preparing work in advance Since I don’t prepare any articles in advance, I don’t have any buffer to rely on, which means I have to write all the articles a...
8 Tips For Creating Icons For Great User Experience

8 Tips For Creating Icons For Great User Experience

You, as an icon designer, should not forget that nine times out of ten the icons you create are going to be used in some context rather then on their own. It could be an app, a website, a flyer, a book, a sign at the airport, etc. This means, the icon will make a huge contribution to the overall user experience. And great user experience is something you don’t want to underestimate. Your job is to make sure that your icons make it as pleasant and easy as possible for potential future users. So, that being said: What should you keep in mind when designing icons to assure great user experience? Does it convey the right message? Icons should communicate a very clear and easily understandable message. Make sure you avoid icons with conflicting meanings. Does it communicate with the target audience? If you don’t have the specific target audience, you have already lost. Every app, website or service has their target audience. You should create icons that will talk directly to that audience. Icons don’t have to be too sophisticated The icon’s meaning has to be as clear as possible. This means no hidden connotations, nothing too complicated that could mislead the user. It should take a couple of seconds to recognize and understand the icon. Design icons within the context If it is possible, always check how your icons looks like in the context they will be put in. Icons may look really nice and distinct on white background, the real question is though, is it as clear and good on a cluttered website or on...
Tips On How To Create a Responsive Icons

Tips On How To Create a Responsive Icons

What are responsive icons?! You might wonder. Although the responsive web is an absolute norm right now and the first responsive icons appeared a couple of years ago, not everybody knows what they are. The fact that they are not so widely spread these days raises a few questions. Are they really necessary? Do they provide good user experience? In today’s article we will analyze pros and cons of such icons, as well as what you should have in mind when creating them. What are responsive icons? First things first, responsive icons, just like the responsive web, react and change depending on what screen size you’re using to look at them. To put it simple, it’s a set of usually 2 to 4 different variations of the same icon. Basically, what changes is the amount of details used in the icon. When your screen gets smaller, the icon loses some of its details. But why are responsive icons so important? Everyone who has designed at least a few icons in their career knows that if the icon looks good on 128px grid, it won’t always look as good on 32px. It requires a lot of skill to create an icon that will look equally good in different sizes and will still deliver the message clearly. And this is where the responsive icons step in. You take one icon and create different variations of it to look good in different resolutions. So, implementing responsive icons is a little bit like cheating to make them look good in different resolutions and screen sizes. The best way to understand how they work...

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