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Communication Arts on Icon Design

For the Communication Arts Interactive Annual #21, I was asked the question “What are the challenges or joys you face when creating an icon set?”. The answer had to be short, so the angle I took was…

We’re getting into very exciting territory with regards to what technology we have to play with! SVG is finally becoming widely adopted and with it the opportunity to provide scalable and responsive icon sets. Higher pixel density screens will also mean spending less time making artwork conform to a pixel grid. The days of fuzzy bitmapped icons are almost over! Until then, the challenges are in providing fallback options, and getting decent SVG export and optimisation in apps like Adobe Illustrator.

I didn’t get time to explain what responsive icons were (maximum 75 words), but it was nice to get asked to be in such a venerable tome. (The photo didn’t get the proper credit though, which was by Jeremy Keith)

Design in Flight #2: Creating Interface Icons

Design in Flight Issue 2

Issue 2 of the excellent PDF magazine Design in Flight is now out, including my article on creating the interface icons for NetNewsWire 2. This is my first ‘proper’ article, and I found the process rather daunting, especially after reading the first issue, where the quality of the articles was so high.
The question I get asked the most is ‘How do you create icons?’, so hopefully the walk-through will be useful.

At $10 for a year’s subscription Design in Flight its a snip, and Issue 2 contains articles by Eric Meyer, Keith Robinson, Eris Free and many others.

Computer Arts Projects

The current issue of Computer Arts Projects (“Typography”, #57 April 2004) features an article on icon design, which includes a couple of excerpts from an interview with me, next to luminaries such as Susan Kare and Gedeon Maheux (Iconfactory). I feel like a bit of an imposter next to these gurus, but its real nice to get my first ‘real’ bit of press.


(I got a very wee mention in MacUser last month, but this one feels like the first.)