Icon Design: Create a Cohesive Icon Set

Adam Whitcroft, Designer, Iconographer

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26 Videos (1h 59m)
    • Trailer

      0:58
    • Introduction: Overview

      0:48
    • Introduction: Adam Whitcroft

      7:06
    • Illustrator Basics: Setup

      2:04
    • Illustrator Basics: Functions

      5:29
    • Concepting: The List

      3:17
    • Initial: Tent

      5:08
    • Initial: Lantern

      4:23
    • Initial: Backpack

      5:29
    • Iteration: Tent

      4:16
    • Iteration: Lantern

      5:02
    • Iteration: Backpack

      9:34
    • Presentation: Roughs

      3:36
    • Photoshop Basics: Icon Workflow

      0:47
    • Photoshop Basics: Functions

      3:57
    • Remaking: Tent

      8:59
    • Remaking: Lantern

      7:31
    • Remaking: Backpack

      9:35
    • Expanding: Compass

      9:01
    • Expanding: Sleeping Bag

      3:53
    • Expanding: Coffee Press

      9:45
    • Presentation: In-Progress Set

      1:16
    • Final Touches: Details

      1:30
    • Final Touches: Path Cleanup

      3:54
    • Conclusion: Final Set

      1:05
    • Explore Design on Skillshare

      0:37
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About This Class

Create a custom set of icons that complements the needs and feel of any project. In this short class, designer Adam Whitcroft provides a behind-the-scenes look at creating a cohesive set of outdoor-themed icons.Ā Using Illustrator and Photoshop, he shows how to develop a theme, iterate on initial sketches, and polish a complete icon set that's perfect for clients, colleagues, or personal work. Whether you're a designer or an illustrator, this class is great forĀ strengthening skills in observation, design, abstraction, building an aesthetic, and designing icons that match your creative vision.

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Just a heads up - this is more of a hands-on course, and you need prior experience with Illustrator or Photoshop to follow along, since the instructor doesn't say what he's doing step-by-step. I followed along and filled in the gaps on my own, not trying to follow exactly as the instructor did it. Also there isn't much theory on how to create a cohesive icon set - it's just like we are drawing really simple line icons so it just ends up being cohesive since its the simplest way possible.
Although I really enjoy Adam's personal anecdotes and explanation of his mood-boarding process, I must say that this is not a course for complete beginners to Illustrator as Adam doesn't fully describe each step he takes. This is mostly fine, but I found myself tapping the '15 seconds backward' button several times per video, just to watch where he moves his mouse to know what tool or function to use. Otherwise, if you've a bit of time, its a fun 'follow-along' tutorial!
Good to see his decisions as he thinks and talks about them. No wasted fluff.
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Adam Whitcroft

Designer, Iconographer

Adam Whitcroft is UK-based, South African-born iconographer and designer well known for his website, icon, and app design. Before transitioning into a full design career, he studied at the London International School of Fashion.

Online, you can follow his work on Twitter, Dribbble, and Instagram. You can also explore a number of his side projects: Batch, Climacons, City Icons for Offscreen Magazine, Wirekit, Apaxy and Proto.

In a 2013 interview with The Industry, Adam offered ad...

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