Icons are everywhere! Take a look at the screen you are staring at right now. You will find icons on your desktop, even on the website you’re reading this. Icon design forms a crucial part of any website or app design. Icons are universally understood. We all know an ‘X’ indicates closing the window, a camera icon indicates clicking of a picture. Let’s
What are the icons used for?
Icons are used to present blocks of information visually. Instead of writing, ‘Clicking this button will close the application you are working on right now’ in small text over a small button, they just design it as an ‘X’ icon. That ‘X’ icon indicates the entire message visually, doesn’t take up all the space needed, and, most importantly, provides a cleaner user experience.
So, we can define the primary objective of an icon to communicate the message very rapidly and effectively.
What can be some other ways icons be used?
1) To express Brand Identity
- If we notice the different icons used by a single brand, you will see patterns or similarities between them.
At this point, those icons are not just providing visual information at a glance but are now used to express the brand and its brand identity.
- The brand identity patterns help the icons to indicate the same meaning and stand apart from each other.
This helps bring visual consistency and identification in the brand language.
2) Enhancing the visual branding
Icons are more accessible to look at and more relatable than just plain text.
This is the reason why icons are used to improvise the visuals of any branding activities.
For example, Striking aptly placed icons on a brochure, pamphlet, etc. will brighten up the visual branding.
It will grab the attention of the user and communicate the message to him rapidly, thus leading to proper retention of the user’s attention.
What is the website icon?
An icon accompanies all necessary actions on a website. It ensures a quick and better understanding of its actions and effects. Icons take up less space on a website than if displayed textually. It makes the website interface look cleaner and more comfortable on the eyes.
Icon design for applications
Your phone’s app drawer. It shows so many icons to you at the same time, and yet you never fail to recognize the app icon of the app you were looking for. The app icon is the visual anchor for your app. App icons are often confused with logos, which isn’t correct.
If the applications represented the same information by a scrollable list of text, without any visual identification, it would have been a nightmare to search for anything.
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