There’s no doubt that we’re integrating with devices at a staggering rate, and it follows that icon design will become both more interesting as well as increasingly important as the need to quickly transfer meaningful graphical forms increases.
Traditional text can be amplified or completely done away with in favor of these charming little guys, allowing for more spatial legibility, negative space and general graphic appeal.
One of my favorite things about icon design is that you can express yourself by personalizing your devices and online presence (my desktop is inhabited with catfaces) – almost everyone has one or the other.
To get you started with icon design, here is a collection of adorable and fun graphic design tutorials that I’ve rounded up.
Don’t have Photoshop or Illustrator?
No problem! It’s never been easier to download a trial and start making your own icons (grab a trial here): http://www.adobe.com/downloads.html
Create a Jaguar Style Folder Icon
Jazz up your folders with this sumptuous and animal friendly tutorial
Create a Cute Panda Bear Face Icon
Pandas are almost universally cute, so why not embrace their power and learn to create one of your very own
Create a Cute Shop Icon in Photoshop
Openin’ up shop somewhere? This simple, sweet store facade could be a totally awesome custom folder icon.
How to Make a Fillable Folder Icon
A bit more subdued, but certainly not useless – create a more traditional folder icon jam packed with whatever you like
Create a Cute Twitter Bird Icon in Photoshop
Aww! Learn to create an extremely cute Twitter bird – strike at the hearts of the public and acquire followers with empathy
Design a Cute Rocket Icon Logo in Photoshop Tutorial
Take off in your very own adorable rocket icon logo
Drawing a Pencil Icon
Although a bit more advanced and thorough, a truly useful (and charming) design tutorial, and who couldn’t use a pencil?
Create a Vector RSS Icon with Illustrator
Perhaps you have a blog or site and want a custom rss button? Start with this and add your own flavor
Design a Coffee Mug Icon
Create a cute n’ chubby coffee cup icon, perhaps for time-sensitive projects, business or just morning stuff
How to Create a Christmas Bell Using Illustrator
Despite this being titled a Christmas bell, surely a simple color change will give it many uses
Hope you have as much fun with these as I did!