Bronlynn Thurman

Illustrator. Photographer. Cartoonist. Writer.

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Coffee Icons/Badges

In the beginning, I created a mind map for this project. I tossed around everything from cities, my favorite hobbies, and my favorite books. But, I kept going back to the idea of drinks, so I played around with a few drink ideas. I ended up settling on coffee because it's a huge part of my life. Some days I feel like I can't function without my daily dose.

After creating the mind map I started sketching out idea for the icons. I wanted to illustrate what was in each beverage, so I decided to make the coffee cups cut out. At this point I haven't decided what shapes to use or even which cups to use. I also have no idea which ribbons I'm going to choose or even if I'm going to use ribbons.

After I scanned in the sketches I started going through Dribble and Pinterest to create mood boards. I've provided a couple screenshots of each mood board in addition to the links above.

I'm a big fan of vintage design. There's just something about it that draws me in. Many of these remind me of Williams-Sonoma's design work which I adore. 

I scanned in my sketches and have been playing around with the style of the coffee cup as well as the circle that it sits in. I'm really feeling the to-go coffee cup, but I haven't finalized anything yet. I'm not sure which circle I'm going to use or even if I'm going to use a circle. I'll sit on it for a little while and hopefully inspiration will strike.

I decided to use the to-go cups since I think they're more uncommon for a project like this. I'm still trying to figure out what color palette I'm going to use. But this is where I'm at for the moment. I am very happy with how the espresso drinks turned out.

Here's my final project. I decided to go with a lighter color palette than what I originally started with and I believe it made it a bit more fun to look at. By incorporating some of the tips and tricks the instructor gave us, I was able to add some dimension to these flat illustrations.  I really like how they turned out. It's informative, but not dull and boring.

This project brought out the perfectionist within me. I used my guides quite often and I've probably uploaded this final picture 4-5 times before saving it because I kept tweaking something. I really enjoyed working on this and have already made a list of other badge ideas I would like to work on.

Let me know what you guys think!

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