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

About the Class

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.

More Information

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

School: Design

Related Subjects: Digital Illustration, Adobe Illustrator, Icon Design, Badge Design, Graphic Design

At a Glance

  • 9 Video Lessons (2h 51m)
  • 2.3K Students
  • 100% Positive Reviews (64)
  • Self-Paced Online Class

About the Teacher

Dominic Flask

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...

100% Positive Reviews

Tristan Chesselet

Tristan Chesselet

Design Student // Freelancer

Really learned a LOT from this class. Thank you Dominic! Please do another class sometime!

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