Principles of Icon Design

I’ve never over-run on a talk. Ever. Usually I embarrasingly finish around 10 mins early, leaving plenty of time for questions.

Until last week at Future of Web Design that is. When it came down to the last 5 minutes, I realised I had a lot more to go, and had to really hurry the last couple of sections. Thankfully the feedback so far has been positive, but I promise this will be (probably) be the last time I talk on this subject.

The Principles of Icon Design was originally based on the talk I gave at @Media last year, Icons for Interaction, but soon started taking a different form. This one focused more on the process of icon design, although they both share similar examples and concepts. It features new work too however, such as some of the work I’ve been doing with Jolicloud, my first freelance project after leaving Opera.

As promised, you an grab the slides (with notes) here: Download the Principles of Icon Design PDF (17.3mb)

Finally, I must mention how much I enjoyed the conference. As well as meeting old friends, I got to meet new ones, as well as finally meeting design heroes Joshua Davis and Brendan Dawes. When I was working as a print designer at an educational publishers in Oxford, it was these chaps who inspired me to design for online. I always get a bit awestruck meeting such people. (There’s only one other hero I’ve yet to meet – Jason Arber).

A BIG thankyou to Carsonified (and Cat Clark in particular) for organising the event so well.

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Upcoming Talks

I sometimes pop up at conferences and waffle about design, icon creation in particular. Here's where I'll be next:

An Event Apart Chicago- "Icon Design Process" - 25-26th August 2014

Web Expo Guildford- "Icon Design Process" - 26th September 2014

Beyond Tellerrand Berlin – 3rd-5th November 2014

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