I have seen a growing number of nice icon sets throughout the years. They have fine tuned their icon sets to make it pixel perfect, well-ratio. I wonder if I want to start design my own icon set, for example a line icon set. Is there any starting point that I should start with? Like any specific grids, rule of thumbs from your experience ?

What tool will you use? Thanks

  • This is simply too broad of a question and mostly opinion. There's no one answer to this. For me, I start with a need for a particular icon and build from there. As for tools, that's really more of a personal preference. Also, don't put too much weight on grids. They can be useful, but can also just get in the way.
    – DA01
    Apr 17 '15 at 7:59
  • It depends to the target also: are you planning to design icons for a specific application or platform? Flat or 3D or artistic looking? To be released as Open Source or not? See for example here, here, here, here, here, here, ... Apr 17 '15 at 11:06
  • ... the beginning :)
    – Scott
    Apr 17 '15 at 15:51

Before approaching icon design, there are some guidelines and principles that are worth studying. If you want to create effective icon designs, then you should take a holistic approach to issues such as audience, size, simplicity, lighting, perspective, and style. This article gives you a good starting place for creating icons that work well together and fit seamlessly within your designs.

1. Approach Icon Design Holistically

2. Consider Your Audience

3. Design for the Size the Icon will be Used At

4. Keep Icons Simple and Iconic

5. Cast Consistent Lighting, Reflections, and Shadows

6. Utilize a Limited Perspective

7. Create Consistent Icon Set Styles

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