Topher Edwards

Graphic Designer at Lovesocial

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Vancouver Map Icons

Introduction:

I've been working with my boss to create a map / guide to Vancouver where our head office is and I thought I'd take this class as an opportunity to start with the icons that will be featured. I have been wanting to do this for a long time and this class will really help push it forward so thanks to our great teacher and those students who help with their feedback.

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Inspiration:

Some of my favourite designers have been featured in my favourite magazine, Monocle. Here are some really amazing sets that I want to look to for inspiration and motivation:

There you have it! Ty Wilkins, Matt Lehman, Lab Partners and Always With Honour.

It's a start. I'll have a mindmap over next.

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List of Icons to Draw and Design:

Still working on some sketching but will post later today. For now - here is a list I am working off of at the moment.

Landmarks:
• Science World
• Steam Clock
• Stadium
• Chinatown Gate
• Library

Categories:
• Shopping
• Wanderings
• Good Coffee
• Food & Drink
• Neighbourhoods
• Entertainment

Not sure if I am going to do all of these this week for class but I'll start with the landmarks so I atleast have a style to jump from.

Next up, sketches!

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Sketches:

The sketches! Okay so they are all pretty complex for icons at this point but I figured once I get everything transfered over to the computer I can flatten, subtract shapes accordingly and focus more on the geometry. I am condering unifying all the icons with shape behind them and scaling the Steam Clock down so it matches the heights of the other icons. Since most of these have spectacular lighting, I may make a night colour pallette to enhance the landmarks in a way they are come nightfall.

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Laying Down the Basics:

Playing a bit with colour and getting the icons digitally laid down. Currently deciding how this should be cropped and setting up a style to follow for the next icons.

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Finalizing Science World:

Alright - I got a little carried away with my excitement on the texture but hey, it happens. I took Brad Wordard's class and it seems to be carrying over. Anyways, I learned a lot about shape and composition so once I had the courage to move forward I did. I'll be working on the rest to make it a nice set of three maybe more!

Until next time!

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Finalizing Gastown's Steamclock:

Not completely content with this one but it's getting there.

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