Web Icon & App Icon Design Services
Graphic elements for the design. Icons and graphic buttons. Icons are one of the most used graphic elements in web design in general and graphic buttons are a fundamental part of any web application.
In this part of the Practical Course of Web Design, we continue addressing the graphic elements for the design.
Now let's stop at two important elements of any graphic design and that are widely used in the web in general. The icons are fundamental for any design since they allow us to graphically add visual information. On the other hand, graphic buttons are one of the fundamental pieces for interaction with the user.
The icons are one of the most used graphic elements, not only in this our digital age but from the remotest antiquity have served as key points of varied information.
It should be as simple as possible, with enough details to express what you owe, but no more. The convoluted, complex icons with many strokes only create confusion.
You must follow the models already accepted by the public type that will display them. There are characteristic icons within a community or country, as well as others assumed worldwide. Leaving this accepted model makes the icon lose its clarity, condemning it to failure. It must be perfectly designed for the specific information that it will represent. Small differences in the design of an icon can create big differences facing the viewer.
In the real world, icons are widely used, giving people varied information quickly through a visual language understood by all. In the design of computer interfaces, the icons are used for two main tasks: In the program interface, identify folders, applications, files, menus or tools. These are the usual desktop or program icons in Windows or Mac.
As graphic elements in the documents and in the web pages. The icons here serve to identify sections, locate interactive visual points, expand the information of textual links to those that accompany, etc.
The creation of icons is a complicated process, not because they require a lot of development work, but because it is very difficult to design a simple figure that expresses a given message clearly.
Initially, if there is any already standardized icon representing the information we want to convey, that's the one we use, although it is entirely feasible to make small changes in your style to adapt it appropriately to our project, but always maintaining its basic design original. This is the case of icons and "normalized" as the arrow to indicate a path or direction, magnifying glass or binoculars to "Search", the casita to access the home of a website, the packet to indicate sending an email, etc.
In case there is not previously a universally accepted model for the icon we need, the possibilities of own design increase, although the work becomes more difficult. The most effective paths then may be direct representation, analogy and metaphor.
Direct representation is based on conceiving the icon as a direct graphic representation of the message. A clear example will be the drawing of a telephone to represent where there is a telephone booth or where the user can find information about the telephone numbers of a company.
Through analogy we look for a simple image that resembles directly the core of the message we want to convey. As an example we have the typical envelope used in web pages to indicate an access to information about email addresses or a direct link to the writing of a message of this type.
Finally, the metaphor is based on the design of the icon that although it does not express literally the message to be transmitted, it does suggest a comparison with the basic concept of the same, facilitating its understanding. An example of this type of icons would be the icon that presents an open door to indicate the exit of a computer application or a clip to indicate a file attached to a form or mail message.
The easiest way to create an icon is by using any program of painting or illustration, with the latter being preferable, by allowing the designer to work at the desired scale, change the size of the images without any loss of quality and freely manipulate the images. shapes. When everything is ready, the icon is saved in the appropriate format.
Icon design for usability
We are not wrong to say that a good construction of icons can help in the consolidation, consistency, and communication of meanings for users. In IDA we review the bases to design icons that do not hinder usability and allow us to have a nicer product.
Icons have become a fundamental factor in the last time. Responsive design and adaptation to different flexible screens, allows us to generate a restructuring of its elements, without losing the ability to communicate what is needed. When an iconography is well developed it can replace text labels and save space for mobile visualization.
However, other icons are used with an aesthetic sense without being aimed at improving usability. Similarly, it is important not to fragment the consistency of the site by generating different phonographic families.
In the age where everything is automated and can be replicated in seconds, what will make your product or website stand out among the rest? It starts with the letter D and not everyone is initially talented with it. It’s DESIGN. Not everyone is born a designer but everyone can be trained to be a designer. The design of your product or your website will create the first impression of your client. It is important to consider not just the usability and functionality of your product, but also to prioritize its design.
When to use the Design Icon
The Design Icon can be used if your website has the capability to customize some things. This can refer to logos, banners, images, codes, and others. The design icon will let the reader know that their file or your file can still be designed by them.
How to use the Design Icon
The Design Icon can be used instead of the texts “Design” or “Edit”. The icon should be placed in a strategic location so that the reader will no longer need to look at it anymore. In as much as you like our Design icon, here are the other variations: