Unit 1 Icon Design

Designing icons introduction-What is an icon?

Did you ever think about how an icon of a heart can mean more than one thing? How it can be a literal stand-in for the anatomical organ in our chests, but can also be used as an analogue for what that organ represents? As Huey Lewis so aptly put it, “that’s the power of love.” Or, the power of an effective icon. Whatever.

From health apps to wayfinding signage, icons help us navigate the world. Icons guide us, warn us, and inform us. They track our pulse, they point the way to the train station, and heck, they even let us know how to change a hawk into a little white dove…