Star Wars Icons/Badges

Sept. 29, 2014


Ever since I started designing, I always wanted to do some sort of a Star Wars design. After hearing about this class, I started to check out the project gallery to see what kinds of topics and ideas everyone had been working with, and decided that this was the perfect opportunity to create a Star Wars-themed series.

At first, I wasn't really sure what direction I wanted to take this series. I had all of the movies, TV shows, comics, books, video games, and endless amounts of Wookiepedia pages to pick from, so I spent hours racking my brain about where to start. With my Mindmap, I decided to just throw every word that came to mind while thinking about Star Wars and then tried to keep branching out with each idea:

After seeing how many ideas I had with the "Locations" theme, I decided to theme my series around some of my favorite Star Wars settings. I made a "Mindmap Part 2" to start listing off ideas I had for each location (and I was also running out of room on my first map).

I felt like I had a pretty good list going, so I wanted to go right into my first sketches!

Initial Sketches

Sketching these out gave me a pretty good idea of which locations I could turn into the badges, so I went through and circled the ones I liked the best. They may or may not be the finals, but they're just something to run with for now.

Oct. 4, 2014

Color Palatte

Because each location has such unique color schemes, I had a hard time trying to figure out a palatte based on the locations alone, so I scrapped that idea. After doing a little more digging, I noticed that the movie posters used very similar color schemes:

I loved the different shades of blue, and I loved how the browns, whites, and oranges stood out against them, so I decided to use the posters to come up with my palatte.

I'm still deciding if I want to mix and match some of the colors between coloumn 2 and 3, or maybe add a few more, but I think it'll be easier to decide on the fly.

As far as the "frame" for the badges, my initial idea was to make them look like luggage tags for each location. However, after looking up some examples, I couldn't figure out how to put more emphasis on the illustration than the layout. I did a little more research to find some shapes from the Star Wars universe and I stumbled across the emblem for the Star Tours ride at the Disney parks:

Since the whole point of the ride is to "visit" the different locations, I figured I would give a nod to the ride, and use the diamond shape as my frame.

Oct. 6, 2014

Badge 1 - Hoth:

I struggled a bit with the mountain/ion cannon shapes and placement, but I'm pretty happy with how they came out in the end. I would love to get some feedback and hear what you all think!

Oct. 9, 2014

Endor! I was really dreading having to work on the trees, but I feel pretty good about them after spending some time tweaking them.

Also, I went back and added some clouds and a few details to the cannon for Hoth. I felt like they were too bland when compared to the Endor badge.

Oct. 12, 2014


Oct. 21, 2014

I've been a little slow with uploading everything, but I did finish the rest of the series!


The Death Star throne room!

And Tatooine!

Now that they're all finished, I have a few edits to make as far as cleaning up the badges, and possibly recoloring a few of the frames. I would love to hear what you guys think, and maybe even get a few suggestions!

Once they're all edited, I'll make a little background to display the series on.

Nov. 16, 2014

So I put this project off for a while, but after revisitng it, I wanted to recolor a few of the badges to give each frame it's own color to keep any two from looking similar.

I'm fairly happy with the end result, and I think I've reached a good stopping point for this project. Thanks for checking it out!


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