Yesterday we introduced the art of icon design. Three iconographers — Jory Raphael, Zach Roszczewski, and Anne Ulku — provided us a few big-picture concepts. Today, Jory gets particular. Tune in later this week to hear from Anne and Zach.
For Symbolicons Air, I wanted to create an icon set that was both hollow and meaty. I wanted it to have a sense of weight while still being open. Each icon was designed on a 32px grid, with two line weights. The thicker stroke was treated as an object outline, while I used the thinner stroke for detail work.
All of my icon sets start with a real-world use case. I’ll typically need a few icons for a specific project, and once their style has been defined, I fill in the missing pieces in order to create a full set.
Year of Icons
As part of a personal side project, I’ve been designing one new icon every day in 2015. I did a similar project in 2013, but limited myself to glyph-style icons. This year, I’ve been playing a lot more with color. But one of the most fun things about a daily icon project is the ability to explore themes. For instance, I’ve spent a lot of time this year creating fun, pop-culture-based icons. The superhero icons in this shot (above left) are a result of that.
I’ve also explored James Bond icons as well (above right). The hardest part is staying consistent, both in style (though I have much more freedom as these icons can be loosely related) and in schedule. Creating something new every day is a challenge. But it’s also extremely rewarding. In fact the daily project this year has already spawned a new icon set: Symbolicons Color (above center). You can keep up with the daily project at Sensible World on Instagram.