Have you ever had that fear of designing your first set of icons?
Icon Designing may not take you long but what actually grips your mind is how to start? There are a series of thoughts that keep making rounds in your head, as what should be the underlying theme or what should be the color scheme?
There is no doubt about the fact that the first step is always the hardest. And, it is also the most effective. How about starting small? Starting for yourself or for fun!
Yes! let your first set of icons be not for the clients or for any commercial purpose. Let it just be for fun. Get your hands on it first before you produce your first commercial masterpiece, designed just to knock everyone off the feet!
Let us make things easy and try to iron out the complexities of the process.
To begin with, it will be interesting to know what an icon actually stands for?
We all have seen icons flooding our screens and have used them immensely. Coming up with revolutionary icon designs that will just take your whole game to a new high, if you spend some time reflecting on what an icon basically does, it will really help clear a lot of air in your head.
An icon from a digital aspect is a graphic representation of a program, an option of a window on the screen. The first set of icons was designed in 1981 by David Canfield Smith and Norman Lloyd Cox had come together to design the GUI for Xerox Star 8010. Entrusted with the task to make user interaction easier, they came up with these compact symbols of fun. These icons were then set to be a reflection of real objects to which a user could relate to. Inspiration seemed to have come from the everyday office objects as computers at that time were restricted to offices.
Hence, the ground for the most advanced and popular GUI was laid, unknowingly.
Why do you think, they became popular?
Icons as we see them today almost stand to serve the same functions for which they were conceptualized almost 38 years ago.
Now you know where is it all coming from. How did icons make it to such heights in popularity? Now you also probably are close enough to design your own icon design.
Let us then begin!
Icon design is a strategic field but it is fun. If done right, you can get the untold visual perception. It can make the whole game easier and more enjoyable. Hopefully, this helped you in your quest for the perfect icon design strategy. Do share your experience.
Anuja is the Co-founder and CEO of RedAlkemi Online Pvt. Ltd., a digital marketing agency helping clients with their end to end online presence. Anuja has 30 years of work experience as a successful entrepreneur and has co-founded several ventures since 1986. She and her team are passionate about helping SMEs achieve measurable online success for their business. Anuja holds a Bachelors degree in Advertising from the Government College of Fine Arts, Chandigarh, India.