One of the most eagerly-awaited design elements of the London 2012 Olympics was launched today – the pictograms To many designers, the Olympics pictograms are one of those dream projects: Otl Aicher’s set for Munich in 1972 and the Mexico ’68 collection both figure in most designers’ mental lists of most revered works. Tough gig then, but you can evaluate them at CreativeReview.
This high quality, hand made, icon pack is full with nine Extreme Grunge Social Media Garments. Each icon is in .png format with transparent backgrounds, sized at 256×256px. Icons are free for commercial and personal use. Go to DeviantArt.
Yes, they are free. Yes, they are stunning. Yes, they are icons. Go get ‘em at Technomoz.
PixelResort often stumbles upon the confusion between icon and logo design. While logos may use the same visual vocabulary as icons, let there be no doubt; Icons and Logos are two completely separate design disciplines requiring different tools and different mindsets.
Social Networks give flexibility to connect and share websites, news, articles, videos and images with friends. Bloggers use social network links on their pages so that readers can share articles with their friends. AcrisDesign has collected some social networking icon sets to spice up your website.
IconShock has designed a set of icons specifically for DesignM.ag readers. The set includes five icons that were created for use in eCommerce websites. The icons are free for personal or commercial use.
They started WeLoveIcons because, well… they love icons! Their sole purpose is to provide you with ONE place to go to find links to the BEST freeware icons on earth.
The most important aspect of designing an individual icon is that it has to be instantly recognizable, you have to know its function, and you need to know exactly what it is. If you are designing a set, the actual design becomes a lot harder, the designer has to face two initial challenges: each icon they design has to be individual and distinctive from the other, and, they also have to have similar features to show that they are related, completing the set. Not an easy task. Perhaps that is why we love those small indispensible graphical images so much, it’s an appreciation of the hard work, creativity and talent of the designer. Nicely catalogued at SmashingMagazine.