About iopan icons


The main purpose of iopan icons is to showcase all of the icon designs that I've been working on over the last three years. It started as a small side project - and initially I just wanted to make some astrology icons, simply because I couldn't find any that I liked. I would set to work on these astrology symbols when there were quiet periods during the week. Gradually the icons progressed into multiple collections on different themes and when some of the collections started to grow quite large I thought that it would be a generous thing to give them away online.

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For these icons, I really wanted to make the most of the colour pallet - so they are all quite bold and brightly coloured (of course, if you choose to download the SVG you can re-colour the icons however you wish). The long drop-shadow gives the icon real weight - transforming the flat image to a more three dimensional one. There is no essential theme to this set, so you will find all sorts of different icons here.
For some time now, I have been on the look-out for decent astrological icons. Considering how popular astrology is, astrological symbols do seem few and far between. So, I decided to draw my own set of symbols and make them available free for personal use. I've included all of the zodiac symbols, the major aspects, planets and the larger asteroids, there are also a few other symbols that are essential for a chart, such as the lunar nodes.
From a generic 'face' template, I have developed a community of different faces. The whole point of this icon project is to be as inclusive as possible - and to draw faces from all over the world. To remedy the general trend for light-skinned dominance over the internet, I have drawn images of all races, creeds and colours… and - of course - people with impairments and disabilities are represented too.
This is a set of grayscale icons ideal for online shopping/banking. The set includes all the traditional shopping style icons and a few more future-proof icons such as 'contactless paypoint' and 'bitcoin wallet'. I kept to the grayscale to make the icons fit with the majority of colour schemes. However, if you download the SVG, you may colour the icons as you see fit.
This is a slowly growing collection of "Alternative Lifestyles" icons. Find here a combination of New Age and alterative, left-field concepts. Yoga is in there a number of times, as is meditation, palmestry and LSD. I'm trying to capture the essence of the hippie and drop-out generations.
Post-modern icons (or small illustrations if you prefer). The term postmodernism has been applied to a host of movements, mainly in art, music, and literature, that reacted against tendencies in modernism; usually self-aware and self-referencing, postmodern ideas often reject the mainstream theories and 'meta-narratives' in favour of a mixing of styles and a collection of narratives.

7 Principles of Effective Icon Design

  • Approach Icon Design Holistically
  • Consider Your Audience
  • Design for the Size the Icon will be Used At
  • Keep Icons Simple and Iconic
  • Cast Consistent Lighting, Reflections, and Shadows
  • Utilize a Limited Perspective
  • Create Consistent Icon Set Styles

10 golden rules for digital icons

  1. Design on purpose
  2. Know your audience
  3. Planning is essential
  4. Size really matters
  5. Use a single icon family
  6. Don't reinvent the wheel
  7. Be familiar with formats
  8. Leave other brands alone
  9. Keep icons in their place
  10. Balance form and function

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