This project was fun, and interesting. It showed me the process of design. Before this class, I thought that we could just sit down at a computer and crank out a design. Little did I know that that’s not how it works. If you jump straight into the computer, you’ll get creators blog very quickly. Sketching allows you to get all your ideas out there so that you can get rid of the bad ideas, and refine the good ones. I started brainstorming about what I like, and about what I am passionate about. I eventually came up with sports and so I was thinking about thaw tI could do to unify all the sports. What do they have in common? Most all have balls of some sort. So I went to work designing the balls of each sport, unifying them as I went.
As you can see, I went with 24 different ideas for the balls. 12 sports balls each, with different scenarios of them each time. I wanted to create motion with the small ones, because I knew they would easily get lost in the midst of the rest of the icons if they were a third of the size. So I added some strokes to make the small icons look to be about the same size as the bigger balls. I didn’t want them to be perfectly round balls, because that was too boring looking. So I tried squeezing the bottom of them, as if they were in motion.
Noticing that it didn’t really work with the squeezing of the bottom of the balls, I went with them being stationary. I put them in grass, which was fun to design using the pen tool. I then added shadows and glow-spots from the sun to the balls, to make them seem more life-like. The dark blue background compliments the rest of the colors in this project better than the beige did. I was told I need to make sure the little blobs created on the corners of the balls were hidden or blended into the background from the draft icons, so I made sure to do that. I also was told that the shapes were too basic so I added the highlights and shadows. This set of icons meets the objectives in the assignment because we were told to create icons that are unified, and these are all unified with the grass and the sports balls. They are also perfectly aligned, which was also an objective.