Basic Geometric Shapes: Illustrate a Series of Icons or Badges

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Class Project

Create a set of icons or badges using basic geometric shapes

In the world of social media, blogs, networks, tweets, chirps and posts, graphic icons and badges are everywhere. Have you ever wanted to design your own set of icons or badges to contribute to this visual internet wonderland? If so, you've come to the right place.

We'll focus on honing in on an idea, refining and crafting the details of a central concept before moving on to sketching. Then I'll dive into my process and show you a ton of tips and tricks for using basic geometric shapes in Illustrator to craft complex visuals in a minimal amount of space. We'll work through color palettes, details and consistency. You will complete a set of graphics that are both cohesive and individual.

What You'll Learn

  • Building Ideas. We will begin exploring ideas for what you want to execute in your final project. I will share my brainstorming process with you and you will work on developing your own ideas.
  • Building Consistency. We will cover basic theories of graphic design for building visual consistency, including shape, geometry, and color. 
  • Building a Series. We will discuss how to create a balance of unity and variety within your badges.

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What You'll Make

You will create a series of at least 6 icons or badges that focus on a central theme of your choosing– animals, robots, spaceships, buildings, food, social media, you name it! We'll execute these ideas by drawing them out with basic vector shapes as an exercise in restraint and simplification.

You'll be working with other students to refine the visuals and hone in on the best possible outcome and craft something unique for your portfolio. I'll also explain the basics of form, shape and gestalt design principles that will help take your work to the next level.

Prerequisites

Vector-based graphic software, Adobe Illustrator recommended. You can download the 30-day free trial of Illustrator from Adobe. A free alternative to Adobe Illustrator is Inkscape. You could also use Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw, or Google Sketchup if you like.

Level: Beginner

Dominic Flask

Independent Designer and Illustrator

Drawing and design give me the creative outlet that my existence requires. That outlet has provided unique and interesting opportunities for me to continue my mission to make the world a more beautiful place to live in, one small piece at a time.

Currently I'm an independent illustrator and designer working and living in Wichita, KS. I have an MFA in Graphic Design from Fort Hays State University and spend my spare time educating students at Wichita State University. I have experience with illustration, motion graphicsinteractive design, mobile applications and branding and identity design. I have created work for everyone from international corporations to local small businesses, including American Airlines, GoWalla, Flight Track, Sonic, Country Music Television, SyFy, The Science Channel, The MLB All-Star Game, Quicken, Dell Computers and Sprint.

You can also find me on Dribbble and Pinterest and see my work in my portfolio.

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