Icons are everywhere!
Theres a million icons on your phone, a couple dozen icons on your television remote control, maybe half a dozen icons on your cooker and a truck load of icons on the road.
We notice them and use them.
We look at them and understand them.
Yet we fail to take in their sheer beuaty and importance as communication tools.
You see an icon’s main purpose is to communicate clearly and to communicate simply.
We should be able to look at an icon for a single second and understand instantly the instruction or a whole story thats being communciated.
Icons are the basis and artform of all communication.
The earliets icons made came in the form of ancient heirglyps or ancient wall art, not to mention that lettering and typography is also an ancient form of icon design.
Since then pop culture, technological advances and current trends have moved icon design on from simple monoline designs to fully embelished and detailed works of art in a range of styles such as pixelated, flat, skeuomorphic and glyph.
Take at look at some of the most beautoful icon designs below.
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