Illustrate Your Day: An Intro to Symbol Design

Edward Boatman, Co-founder, Noun Project

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5 Lessons (1h 28m)
    • 1. Creating Your List of Referents

      6:51
    • 2. Design Techniques for Your Icons

      19:37
    • 3. A Crash Course to Adobe Illustrator

      29:36
    • 4. Designing a Symbol in Adobe Illustrator

      21:25
    • 5. Creating the Final Product

      10:04
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About This Class

Symbols are incredibly powerful communication tools. They can communicate faster than words, in memorable and powerful ways, and in a universal way that transcends cultural and language barriers. They are the one language we all can understand. 

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During this class you will learn how to create these amazing communication tools using vector editing software, and use symbols to tell the story of a day in your life.

What You'll Learn

  • Selecting Your Referents. We'll start off by bubbling ideas for icons we'd like to create and begin sketching them.
  • Design Techniques to Maximize User Comprehension. We'll cover some basic elements of icon design then apply design technique to our referents to create more refined sketches.
  • Drawing Symbols in Illustrator. We'll use Adobe Illustrator to create digital vectors of our icon designs. 
  • Polishing Your Designs. We'll finalize our icons and share them with the world.

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What You'll Make

You will start off the class by documenting what your daily routine is. After you think through this, you will narrow down these items to a list of the 20 essential activities or objects that define your daily life. Once you have these 20 referents you will learn how to design a symbol that visually communicates the essence of each one of these concepts.
Once the designs are completed you will create a linear timeline using your symbols. This will serve as a visual representation of your life. 

This class is perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about Adobe Illustrator, graphic design, iconography, illustration, and creative storytelling.