Challenge: Spooky Icons & Tastes of Tokyo | Skillshare Projects

YiRan Carroll

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Challenge: Spooky Icons & Tastes of Tokyo

October 28, 2013

Here's my submission for the Spooky Icons Challenge!

I had a lot of fun coming up with my topic. There are so many fun aspects to Halloween. Here's my mind map:

I landed on Halloween candy almost right away. Candy has always been my favorite part of Halloween, and I have many wonderful memories of pouring out my candy stash and comparing/trading with my friends. Everybody knows that there's candy that makes you go,"Score!" And the ones that you're like, "Aw, man!" So I thought it'd be fun to do icons for best and worst Halloween candy.

While I have my own candy preferences, I decided to do a little research. This HuffPo article was very helpful.

I found a bunch of Halloween images to inspire my mood board:

Then I moved onto sketching...

I tried out a few badge shapes before I landed on the triangular one (on the bottom right). I liked how the triangles fit together nicely, and the way that you can indicate up or down (for good or bad).

Then, I picked out 2 color palettes that are loosely based on Halloween colors with the help of Adobe Kuler.

The orange palette I assigned to the "good" candies, and the blue one to the "bad" ones. I decided to assign a number (purely subjective, per my personal preference) that indicates how "good" or "bad" the candies are.

Then onto drawing them out in Illustrator. Here is my artboard.

This is what it looked like when I was done in Illustrator:

And then I took it into PhotoShop to apply a subtle texture over the whole thing. Below is the final!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this project - as well as any thoughts on Halloween candy in general - below! Thanks for reading, and happy Trick-or-Treating! :)


Tastes of Tokyo

I started this project during the few weeks I spent in Tokyo recently. I wanted to create a set of icons that would help me remember the trip in a fun way.


After doing a mind map, I decided on doing a series of food items that I consumed on the trip.

Initial Sketches

I had fun sketching out things I ate.

Deciding on a badge shape

After doing a badge shape exploratory, I decided on the shape on the right. Although, once I put it into illustrator, I modified the bottom ribbon a bit.

Color Palette

I used Adobe Kuler to help decide on a color palette. The way I used it is by finding an image whose colors I liked, clicking on the create from image button, and uploading the image. The program spits out a bunch of color palettes to choose from, and you can tweak if you need to.

Below is the color palette I settled on.

Final Illustration

I found it challenging to use geometric shapes to create all of the food items, but overall am happy with the result. Using the limited color palette was also challenging, and I relied somewhat on shades and tints. I hope I didn't overdo it in that department.

I would love to hear any feedback you have. Thanks!

Update Oct. 27, 2013

Tried 2 effects over tis set of icons.


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