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I am assigned with the task of developing weather icons. As you might suspect, many things in relation to weather are extremely similar with hardly any differentiation. I am running into the problem of how to creatively develop a difference in the design between snow and ice.

I am curious as to how others approach the task of creating a series of graphics with slight juxtapositions/differences. What do you think in order to develop without everything looking too similar or users requiring effort to differentiate?

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If your icons are too similar, you have to go farther afield to make them not similar. A snowflake is pretty obvious for snow; maybe an ice cube for ice. Or something which looks like a sheet of ice/pane of glass. Make your "slight" differences more significant. –  Lauren Ipsum Apr 21 '14 at 17:05
Your user name is incredibly clever. Bravo –  JosephMCasey Apr 21 '14 at 19:58
Why, thank you. :) –  Lauren Ipsum Apr 21 '14 at 20:56

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