Kris Black asked what the beautiful G+ icon by Alvin Thong might look like at 16px, so I thought I'd take a quick look at it. It probably only works as is in the context of that dark background.
over 2 years ago
Yeah. The icon looks great at a large size, but the icon isn't very practical as it doesn't work well in reduction and isn't very recognizable as a G+ icon, especially at a reduced size and without staring at it.
Manually reducing the scale of the larger icon is not the best way to make a smaller icon. I would bet with a little tweaking this icon could work at 16x16 pixels.
Kris, what tweaking would you do exactly? This was remade from scratch with the intentions of keeping the proportions very close and the highlights quite similar (as close as I could get at such few pixels) and to mimic that texture. Shrinking the original image looks like this: http://cl.ly/8Ofq
I agree with some changes it might be able to work. I tried resizing the border to make it thicker in the proportions than the original icon and it doesn't look right. I tried a thinner plus symbol (1px lines) and that only works in a 15px width.
I could never mistake this for anything other than a G+ icon. Job well done in my opinion.
I think the shadowing and highlighting is not needed as much at the smaller level. What's unique about this icon is that the colors wrap around the + instead of Google's icon having all the colors at the top.
I think you did a great job with the reduction. Just little tweaks to simplify it some more would probably be a good idea.
Thanks guys :) Definitely agree that pulling back on some of the highlights would make the best 16px icon. This being a pure experiment, I enjoyed the challenge of trying to get most of them in though!
almost 2 years ago
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