Jon Hicks is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Oxfordshire, UK. Originally trained as a wildlife illustrator, his career has covered a broad spectrum of mediums, but is most well known for his logo work for Firefox, Mailchimp and Shopify or icon design for Skype and Spotify.
After a two year break leading the Opera Desktop Browser design team, Jon is back in stock as a freelancer, and has been working with DuckDuckGo, Invision and several new internet startups. Designing a clients visual language from scratch is something that makes him very happy.
He is the author of The Icon Handbook, the go-to guide for all things icon, as well as podcaster with his music show, Troika.
The Icon Design Process
Icons are more than just pretty decorative graphics for sites and applications; they are little miracle workers.
They summarise and explain actions, provide direction, offer feedback and even break through language barriers. Whether you design icons yourself or just need to be able to work with them, this session will take you through the whole process of designing and deploying resolution-independent icons. From the initial brief to using SVG sprites for scalable and lightweight distribution, via choosing the right metaphor and achieving visual balance.