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 how to hone in on a idea, refining and crafting the details of a central concept before moving on to sketching. Then I'll dive head on into my actual 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 while working through color palettes, details and consistency to finish a complete set of graphics that are both cohesive and individual.
What You'll Learn
What You'll Make
You will create a series of at least 6 icons or badges that focus on a central theme. That theme can be anything of your choosing. Animals, Robots, Spaceships, Buildings, Food, Social Media, etc. We'll execute these ideas by drawing 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 so you can 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.
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 graphics, interactive 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.
Classes revolve around completing a project and collaborating with fellow students to give and get feedback on your work. Use Video Lessons and the Project Guide designed by your teacher to complete your class project.
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Never! Once enrolled, you have lifetime access to class materials. That means you can learn when and where you want. Learn at your own pace.