ARTICLE SUMMARY: Icons, who ever thought that an item so small would say so much and become such an integral part of design.

In the beginning no one could have anticipated the impact that icons would have on design. Now you’d be hard pressed to find a website that doesn’t have them somewhere in the design.

With such a prolific use of the icon comes the challenge of designing icons that are easily recognizable and user-friendly. A daunting task to the untrained.

Here’s How to Design an Icon From Scratch: A Step-by-Step Guide” by Maria De La Riva starts out by giving you the seven golden rules of the icon design process starting with

  • Minding the grid
  • Don’t go detail crazy
  • Be Consistent

Once you have a clear understanding of these rules she moves on to designing an icon from scratch. When designing icons some to the things you need to do is

  • Get familiar with your subject
  • Break it down
  • Start building

Knowing the rules and following the steps in this article should enable you to build a top notch set of icons that will enhance the user experience on any website you build.

For the beginner and old pro alike, this a must have resource in your tool box.

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