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General guidelines of icon design

1. Look at Icon Design Holistically
Icons are used inside the graphic systems. If they are crafted for desktop applications or Web pages, an icon is one of many graphic elements that need to work together harmoniously. Carry this logic across icon sets as well. Icons can be appreciated for their original visual appearance, but they can not work alone. Evaluate your icon designs relative to the graphic interface you're using them in. Make sure that each icon is different from it's neighboring images, while still working in union as a whole.

2. Remember About the Audience
You will have different considerations if you're creating an intranet for a small company, in comparison toa product that may be sold internationally. When creating icons, cultural considerations are vital. Images may vary for typical elements you way want to use in your designs.

3. Draw for the Size the Icon will be Used At
If you go vector and draw your images in Illustrator, there is strong temptation to resize the design, and try to use it at all the sizes. This can't be done with icons. What looks good at 512px will be a messy smear at 16px. Icons should carry a general design that is used as a guideline, but each produced size needs to contain its own modified design.

4. The Icons Should Remain Simple and Iconic
With operating systems now promoting icons that can be resized to large sizes (512px by 512px is extra large for an icon), the you are increasingly tempted to get creative with your images. While a certain level of realism can add interest to an icon design, it should not restrict its ability to work clearly and effectively.

5. Cast Consistent [Lighting, Reflections, and Shadows]
It's important that the realism you add to your designs all function in the same way. If you apply a light source coming from one direction then stick with it. Or you will loose the integrated design of your icons. Also consider the light source of the interface your icons will be placed in. If the lighting of the icons is at odds with the Web site or application design you're placing them in, then the design will be unrealistic.

6. Use a Limited Perspective
The range of perspective within your icon design pack should work in union. If you have objects being looked at from straight ahead then keep this concept. If you rotate one at a certain angle, then be sure all the icons will look good at that angle also. Imagine a photo camera being placed at a constant vantage point and looking at all the objects with the same perspective. This helps to maintain consistency in your icon designs.

7. Design Consistent Icon Set Styles
Lighting and Perspective certainly contribute to the style of an icon, though there are many other things that can contribute to the style as well. If you're intending to fit your icon into a grunge-style Web site design, you'll probably be applying texture to the style of the icon's design.

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