Unit 2 Finding Your Passion Creating Icons

Step #3 The Style

Remember these from the other day? Well, to recap icons can be segmented into plenty of different styles and style variations. The most common among them are these:

Filled Icons

The next logical step you can take after the outline icons are filled icons which basically means incorporating colors into plain outline ones. This style is quite new, but it is becoming more and more popular these days.

Filled Icons

 

Outline Icons

As you can say from their name, these icons are created out of outlines. From my experience, this is the easiest style for beginners to start with.

Outline Icons

Glyph Icons

Most commonly, solid icons are called glyphs.

Glyph Icons

Flat Icons

Similar to the filled icons, this style is a variation of the outline icons. It is the next step from the glyphs that imply different color combinations usually “flat” colors.

 

Flat Icons

Hand-Drawn Icons

As you might guess, this style is an imitation of icons drawn by hand.

Hand-Drawn Icons

Skeuomorphic Icons

Skeuomorphism is the design concept that concentrates on creating items resembling their real-world analogs.

Skeuomorphic Icons
Skeuomorphic Icons

 

It’s usually the best idea to choose your icon style based on the branding or a logotype. Usually, I research the brand I’m creating icons for and try to find the elements that represent it the best way. You must take a better look at shapes, colors, typography, etc. What is their tone? Is it corporate and serious, or colorful and cheerful? Does their logo have round or sharp shapes? All of these things will dictate what style you should be choosing and will add a lot of constraints to your workflow and stylistics.

But none of this matters if you’re creating an icon set about your passion — pick whichever style you like the most. You will have way more motivation to work on the icons of your favorite topic in your favorite style. So to start out we are going to be creating the easiest icons – the outlines.

Outline Icons
Outline Icons

From my own experience, outline icons are the easiest to draw. So I recommend that all beginners start with the outline iconography. Moreover, if needed, the outline icons can easily be redone into glyphs. Remember we are keeping it simple for our first set. If you happen to gander at Google UI icons, you can see that they are a great example of the right minimal icons. Each icon is reduced to its minimal form, with every idea edited. Icons should be eye-catching and have some kind of charm in them. It’s up to you. Have fun with it.