Icons are everywhere. From app icons on home screens to graphic representations that lead users through a design, icon design is a big deal. There’s a fine art to good icon design. Not only does the element have to render recognizably at the smallest of sizes, good vector-based icons can be scaled to use in oversized proportions as well. Some designers are even using icon-style images for dominant visuals. So where do you start? Here’s a guide to designing a better icon in eight (somewhat) simple steps. 1) Start with a grid Good icon design starts with a solid foundation. A simple square block grid is all you need to start sketching an icon. Use the same gridded paper you worked with in grade school to create icon sketches with pencil and paper or start with a square pixel grid in design software. You should probably design on a square canvas, as most icons end up needing to fit in in square spaces. (This includes everything from icons for apps to icons in website designs or for

Source: 8 simple steps to better icon design | Webdesigner Depot

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