I thought it would be fun to make icons for a travel guide (I had just come back from a trip when I started this project, and thought this would be a practical use). I image these along side a list of places to go so it is easy to see which is what, or even for sections of a travel blog. I had a bunch of icons I thought of making, but then thought it would be most practical to narrow it down to these 6 categories: drinks/nightlife, coffee, food, shopping, nature attractions, and non- nature attractions such as historical landmarks and amusement parks.
I did several more sketches in my sketchbook (at least 2 per icon), but these were the ones I settled on as communicating the idea most clearly.
I actually built the shapes in colors similar to the tutorial, so I didn't get attached to any colors, but after the basics were built, I started searching for a color scheme. I wanted something that was relaxing and sort of neutral, but with enough variety to make them pop. I also needed a brown, because any other color for the coffee looked pretty gross. So I found this "design seed" and they played around with it a bit until I found something that meshed better. This is also when I added the shadows because without (sorry no pictures), the icons looked too simple/flat.
Travel Icon Set
Still getting the hang of Illustrator--this was my first real project with it--so I'm not 100% satisfied, but I think it's a good start. And it was definitely a fun and challenging way to jump into the program!