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Is it okay to sacrifice exact country flag designs in favor of aesthetics?

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. That said, I don't believe a country would sue a designer for using a simplified version of the flag or that they have a say on what you should use to represent it in ...
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Is it okay to sacrifice exact country flag designs in favor of aesthetics?

Yes, style the flags as you see fit. I see the USA flag translated successfully with 2 stripes and 1 star. You see this done everywhere and yes it's legal, except perhaps for some new countries flags ...
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How to convert a square SVG to all-size ICO?

A command line solution: Export your SVG master.svg to PNG with Inkscape: # Install on Ubuntu sudo apt-get install inkscape # Other systems: make sure Inkscape is in your PATH inkscape -w 16 -h 16 -...
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How can I make this logo look more obviously like an icing bag and a crown?

An answer: The bag should output something - the text or something else in a cake. Let the business name be the biggest element.
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How to convert a square SVG to all-size ICO?

You can use ImageMagick right away: convert -density 384 icon.svg -define icon:auto-resize icon.ico [Edit] Since ImageMagick version 7, you need to add magick in front of the command (see doc on CLI),...
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Why use a white circle/spot in eye icons/logos?

The circle (or otherwise white mark) is a meant to be a reflection. The reflection makes it more realistic and understandable as an icon. As seen in a google image search, our eyes are pretty ...
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I can't save my files as a .png in Photoshop CS6

Ensure your document is 8-bit RGB. (Image > Mode) If that doesn't help, hold down the Option/alt key and choose File > Save as... this will save a copy and remove any non-png allowed formatting....
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How to draw a hierarchy button set and look less offensive than it is?

Your arrow concept and what you plan to use it for seem appropriate. And from what I can see, I guess you don't have much room for icons anyway. Maybe what could help you is simply to use thicker and ...
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Who first used three stacked bars as an icon for "menu"?

Here are a couple of great resources that explain the origin of the hamburger menu: Who Designed the Hamburger Icon? & A Brief History of the Hamburger Icon . As the articles state, the original ...
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What is the standard way for conveying vegan and vegetarian as separate icons?

These terms are too closely related to be differentiated by just using an acronym without any context. Without getting into too much detail, Vegetarian diet includes dairy, and Vegan is exclusively ...
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Critique: Does this logo portray a web-based control for a media player?

The WiFi part was immediately obvious to me. I think what's hurting the recognizability of the CD is the gradient. If you've looked at other CD renderings, the gradient is angular, not radial. via: ...
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How do you animate SVG for the web?

A lot of this answer is also posted in this related question on how to animate illustrations for the web. Avoid SMIL animations Sara Soueidan, probably the best animator of SVGs on the web, wrote "I ...
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What is the standard way for conveying vegan and vegetarian as separate icons?

The standard for vegetarian is generally just a "V", usually in a green circle or something similar, and that'll be pretty much universally understood. The Vegan Society has "the Vegan Trademark" ...
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How can I make this logo look more obviously like an icing bag and a crown?

Just to address the icon part of this, building on existing answers and adding a few things. I think the devil is in the details here. Quick blown-up sketch (n.b. the ratio of tip/bag is currently not ...
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What is the best Icon to use for an item's state of: "I need to borrow" and "I already have it"?

If you want the icons to stay as uniform as possible, I'd suggest sticking with the same shape language throughout. The idea here is that using the same shape unifies this icon set and makes it ...
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Are there any free emoji fonts?

Google's TrueType fonts Noto Emoji (284.4 KB) and Noto Color Emoji (6.5 MB) are very good.
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What generic icon could be used to symbolize a brand (McDonalds, Apple, etc..)?

I'd recommend not using a star, as stars are very often used for "favourites" lists or to mark the current content as a favourite. It sounds like you're trying to create something that looks like a ...
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Make text look like it's part of icon

Icons are made to not include text within it for many reasons. First, Icons could be smaller and any text in it could be hard to read Second, Icons are made to relate and connect a certain function ...
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Critique: Icon app redesign

Decide where your light source is, and stick to that. As you look closer at all icons in the example, they have their light source at 315°—top left. All shadows and shading obey that light ...
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Are there any free emoji fonts?

Open sans emoji should work Here is a link to a github repo https://github.com/MorbZ/OpenSansEmoji
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Need icon ideas to indicate "crane not working "

In cases like this it's worth brainstorming a bit first. After and during it might be a good idea to see what others have done with tools like the noun project (and search for broken and crane for ...
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Is it okay to sacrifice exact country flag designs in favor of aesthetics?

I would be careful. It's one thing for a government to use a simplified version of their flag as an icon; it's another for you to simplify it for your needs. I think there are some specific pitfalls:...
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How to avoid making icons and logos too minimal?

I've designed minimalist icon sets and there are three factors which, together, make for a pretty clear indication of where the line should be. In order of importance: Usability (which, ultimately, ...
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Are there any free emoji fonts?

I know this question is a bit old but no one mentioned Emoji One It's CC-BY 4.0. As of version 3 they are no longer CC BY 4.0... You can still download the last version 2.2.7 commit here but it's ...
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Does optical correction give a more aesthetic look to the SBI logo?

In typography, this is called an overshoot. And has been a very long-standing practice. In typeface design, the overshoot of a round or pointed letter (like O or A) is the degree to which it ...
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Does optical correction give a more aesthetic look to the SBI logo?

At first glance, this may look like a typographical overshoot, i.e., round bases and tops of letters extending a bit further up- or downwards than flat ones – which accounts for an optical illusion. ...
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How would you represent "religion" in an icon, neutrally?

Even Google Maps does not have a single symbol: Patrick Hoffman is a user experience designer for Google - including Maps: "Google Maps visitors probably don't think twice about the little ...
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Critique: Does this logo portray a web-based control for a media player?

I like it! And once I read the post, I completely get the wi-fi + CD. Having said that, I didn't get the CD the first time. About the remote not being there, I think the wi-fi symbol is a clear enough ...
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How to export to SVG from Illustrator using Artboards

In Illustrator CC - the Save As dialogue has a Use Artboards checkbox. Checking this will save each artboard as a separate SVG file (don't forget to select SVG format). If you have more icons than ...
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Exporting from Sketch for icon font

I figured out how to export SVG from sketch for icomoon correct importing: Step 1 Prevent SVG from being made out of borders by selecting the path group and clicking on: layer > paths > vectorize ...
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