As an icon designer, I work with multiple sizes (above 16 pixel) for different platforms, so my regular work is quite complex. What gadgets recommended (like monitor, wacom, apple mouse, etc.) for reduce my effort and time?
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I've been working as icon designer as long as I can remember, I also sell some sets out there.
REMEMBER, TOOLS WON'T MAKE YOU A GOOD DESIGNER / ARTIST INSTANTLY
There's no constant formula for it, all you need is understanding your goal. I always use
- my Windows PC
For gadget, there's nothing fancy you need to have, you just need a computer to produce a digital vector icon. Mouse, regular mouse could do the trick, I used it everytime I design an icon. Wacom? Nah, that's too much, I mean the point of having wacom is make you could drawing with a freehand, if you wanna achieve a "Freehand" style, go for it then.
I use Photoshop, because it can show you how pixel perfect it is, I'm not suggesting you to use illustrator because the output mostly just give you a blurry pixelated (half pixel) result, because illustrator allow you to move your object freely, and sometimes it's not snapping into the grid.
Try to design from the smallest size, then resize it. It's much easier than the other way around