一個失敗的兩周一聚 icon 設計

May 1st Update: Check out the really cool icon design (and process) from humptidumpti and banner design from Nankin.

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When I tried to design an icon for 兩周一聚, in my mind, I thought the key idea was “聚”, it was the gather/gathering. Too bad the Chinese word “聚” is much too complex for a 16×16 icon. So I fell back to letter “g” for “gather”.

Instead of using the simple letter “g”, I came up with the idea of breaking apart and pulling components from each of the four Chinese words 兩周一聚 to design the letter “g”.

  1. The word “兩”: I used it for decoration as I knew it would be too small to show in the icon but would still contribute to the icon.
  2. The word “周”: I thought of using the “口” component to make the circular shape in the “g” very early on.
  3. The word “一”: I simply turned it in at an angle to make the right edge of the letter “g”.
  4. The word “聚”: I used one of the bottom left strokes of the word “聚” to make the bottom of the letter “g”.

兩周一聚 icon 設計 - step 1

The following is the letter “g” after unneeded parts in the above picture have been “cleaned up”.

兩周一聚 icon 設計 - step 2

To add some colors, I picked the colors red and green for “紅男綠女”. This red color was picked from one of the reds in the red lipstick color in 揚眉女子的”化妝桌上 之五” picture. And this green was picked from one of the green in 周游’s plant in her blog header photo.

I have also thickened the strokes to make them stand out more.

兩周一聚 icon 設計 - step 3

Concluding Thoughts

While the above story may sound lovely and thoughtful but I have to say the final resulted 16×16 icon looks remarkably unimpressive and “not that pretty” (at all). Here is what the 16×16 icon looks like,

兩周一聚 icon 設計 - step 4 (The icon)

I hope what I have done here have inspired better designers to come up with more interesting and effective icons.

This 兩周一聚 icon design exercise was very enjoyable to me and gave me a needed excuse to step away from my investigation of a technical patent application (for tar sands oil extraction) and other fun stuff that one who has too much time may do. (smile)

9 Responses to 一個失敗的兩周一聚 icon 設計

  1. michelle says:

    thanks for the trying Kempton!! indeed the word 兩 is be too small in an icon and disappeared…

  2. Haricot says:

    Suggested caption to your icon:

    Bloggers ploughing the field of knowledge.

  3. gwenzilla says:

    interesting try out!! most of the designers did so many concept drawings before the products finalize, maybe you can still come up sth interesting later on.

  4. kempton says:

    michelle,

    thanks for your kind words.

    Haricot,

    cute caption.

    gwenzilla,

    thanks. I think this is it from it as I do have lots of things to take care of in April before the end of the deadline.

  5. kempton says:

    gwenzilla,

    > most of the designers did so many concept drawings before the products finalize […]

    On a totally unrelated note. Do you or Ian know Bill Buxton? His Sketching User Experience is a great book (about experience design) that I highly recommend. Sketches (or drawings) are very important.

  6. hevangel says:

    Neat. In the small icon, green somehow looks like black. Maybe you should try a lighter shade of green.

  7. kempton says:

    hevangel,

    I’ve actually tried a lighter shade of green and it didn’t look much better.

    Would you like to give the icon design a try? Have some fun with it.

  8. 周游 says:

    i dun think it’s a failed design, your process of thoughts deserves a hurray:)

  9. kempton says:

    周游,

    Thanks for your kind words. I enjoyed the thinking and design processes much much more than the final resulted icon. :) So I hope someone else with better design skills can come up some neat idea.

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