Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am creating a portfolio website for a college class and my homepage content contains a Welcome, About and Contact paragraph. What are several icons I could use that appropriately represent the Welcome and About sections?

share|improve this question

closed as too broad by DA01, Benteh, Scott, KMSTR, Vincent Apr 10 '14 at 10:40

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Right now I am still planning my design and looking at icons. Not coding anything yet. – Helium87 Apr 9 '14 at 21:06
It's always helpful if you do a bit of legwork yourself to at least provide some direction as to overall design which may fit with the concept. Otherwise, answers simply become a random shopping list of icons which is rarely helpful to anyone. – Scott Apr 9 '14 at 21:08
Any search for "welcome/about/contact icon" will give you big piles of suggestions. For us to be even remotely helpful, you need to show and tell what you think would work/not work; examples and some concrete questions. – Benteh Apr 9 '14 at 21:21

You can start by making some research first. You can start with Icon Finder first to see what icons you get there based on your keywords and select a few for reference. You can use them directly but first read the licence and make sure you have the rights to do so. If you don't find what you need there, go to The Noun Project and do another search. Based on a simple research like this you can see what symbols/icons fit your needs and then dive directly into testing with them / designing your own set.

share|improve this answer

There are as many ideas as many designers. I agree with Ilan. Standards keep you away from incomprehension. Don't think too much and use ready-made.

share|improve this answer

If you look for finished icons I can suggest Shuttestock site...

in the searching window you can insert "welcome icon" "information icon" and choose one of thousands examples....

enter image description here

enter image description here

share|improve this answer

Welcome: welcome matt, handshake, smiling face, open door, open sign; About: 'i' for info, book, bulleted list, question mark, face, diary, résumé; Contact: letter, pen, speech bubble, phone, mouse, mouth, stamp, mailbox

This is just basic brainstorming and word association. Think fast and just write down any word that comes to mind for each subject--even if it's absurd or only remotely related. Spend no more than a minute on each word. That should give you a good few dozen ideas that hopefully will lead to a solution for you.

Before you go too far, however, perhaps rethink the need for icons. While they say pictures are worth a thousand words, that's not always true--especially when we're talking iconography. Often a single word is worth more.

share|improve this answer
I second the notion that sometimes a single word can be more than enough. – Benteh Apr 9 '14 at 23:09

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.