Hello Everyone! This week in the Visual Design section of my blog I am going to be talking about the icons that I have been making with the Illustrator program that Adobe offers. This post is going to be really similar to the Magazine Spread post that I made a couple of weeks ago. This class is really geared around these programs and it has been good to be learning these programs for future use. Once again this was another program that I had absolutely no experience with! However I think I fared far better this time when it came to figuring out what I needed to do and what I needed to learn. This The last two weeks our teacher assigned us the task of creating 4 icons that centered around a certain topic of our choice. I decided on Christmas because I felt like it was something that adults and children could relate to and would enjoy seeing.
As far as the overall design goes, I wanted to focus on Christmas because it was something that I felt like everybody could relate to. I think when people see Christmas they are filled with warm feelings and happy memories and it brings them back to either their childhood or family times. The shapes used for all the characters were similar and I wanted to model the faces in a similar manor as to show the consistency of the icons. I debated on a couple of different designs. My early designs had full bodies but I decided that they would be better suited as icons if they had simply their heads. As far as the colors go, I decided that I wanted them to be warm and welcoming. I just feel like there is a certain warmth that comes from Christmas and I wanted that to be replicated in every aspect of these icons. As for my target audience, I really wanted to gear these towards children. I think children are the driving force behind Christmas a lot of the time and I feel like they are the ones that really get the parents excited about Christmas. That is why I wanted to gear these towards kids everywhere.
In closing I decided that this entire project was enjoyable as well as a great learning experience. I really hadn’t ever had the opportunity to use this program and I noticed that there were a lot of similarities between using Illustrator and InDesign. I hope everybody is able to see the theme and meaning behind these icons. They were enjoyable to make and I feel like the theme is something that everybody would be able to identity with and relate to.