Create an icon set of 12 icons using only Adobe Illustrator. These icons should all incorporate a similar theme and style.
Here is where I started the initial sketches. I wanted to do a theme I really loved. I decided that what better theme to do than Alaska. After brainstorming, I finally narrowed it down to animals of Alaska. I brainstormed every aspect of what I could put in this infographic and sketched away.
After these sketches, I went to work in Adobe Illustrator and started attempting my rounded square shaped vectors.
First attempt. Yay.
Plot Twist: Change of Plans
Here is where things got fun. I decided through my draft icons, that something wasn’t how I wanted it to be. I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to start all over, so I let myself just experiment with one. So I experimented with the bald eagle. I decided I wanted to go with more of a circular theme. I promised myself that I didn’t like the ONE new icon I was testing out, I’d forget about it and stick with my rectangle theme. Well, shortly enough, I realized I loved the new theme and so I started from square 1! *PSA: it turns out designing is a lot more fun when you like what you’re designing.
Here is the difference from my first bald eagle to my second bald eagle:
Color scheme: All of the colors I used were relative to each particular animal. Within that animal, I used value contrasts of the main color.
I wanted to implement symmetry, while still allowing creative ability to add the occasional non-symmetrical shape/object. (See rockfish/orca.) The concept of the large eyes, all looking to the top right was incorporated to establish a sense of fun and happy animals.
Although textures typically aren’t used within icons, I wanted to add some type of depth or contrast. So what I did was add some shadows and value contrast with different objects such as feathers or fur.
Here we have the finished final product. From left to right, top to bottom, we have: Alaskan Dungeness Crab, Wolf, Bald Eagle, Owl, Mountain Goat, Seal, Puffin, Bear, Alaskan Yelloweye Rockfish, Fox, Orca and Moose.
More of my work can be viewed at: www.briannahill.org.
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