30 articles & tutorials to improve your icon design skills
While it’s easy to find free icons on the Internet these days, the best way to make your website’s design unique is to create your own custom icons. If you have never done it or have little experience, you should definitely take a good look at these icon design tutorials and articles.
Getting started with icon design
While these articles are not really tutorials, they are great resources too understand the basics of icons creation.
1. Icon design explained (quickly)
A presentation by John Hicks, a great watch for designers who want to understand some concepts before creating their first icons.
2. 7 Principles of Effective Icon Design
Great pieces of advice in this article on PSDtuts, a must-read whether you’re a seasoned icon designer or not.
3. 10 Mistakes in Icon Design
While it is good to know what to do when creating icons, it’s also good to be aware of mistakes to avoid.
4. Icon Design: Bitmap vs Vector
An article that answers the following question: “Why do you deliver your icons individually sized in PNG or GIF files, when a single vector file like SVG or EPS can be made any size we desire?”
5. 10 Tips for Effective Icon Design
More tips to help you understand how icon designing works.
6. The making of an icon
A complete walkthrough the creation of an icon, gives a great overview of the process.
Icon design tutorials
For a more practical approach, here is a list of tutorials that will help you to understand how icon design work by doing it.
7. How to Design Mini Icons
8. Create a shiny icon lock design
9. Drawing A Pencil Icon
10. Creating an XP Style Monitor Icon
11. Create a closed book icon
12. 3D Mp3 Player
13. Design a calendar icon
14. Create An Aperture Style Camera Lens Icon
15. USB stick icon creation
16. Photoshop Electronic Torch Light Icon
17. Custom Hard Drive Icon tutorial
18. Design a Detailed Compass Icon in Photoshop
19. Create a Custom Mac OSX Style Address Book Icon
20. How to Turn Glasses into a Great Geek Icon
21. Wii mote controller tutorial
22. Anatomy of an icon
23. Make a Handy 3D Vector Calendar Icon
24. Creating a Cool Yellow Helmet Icon
25. Create a computer icon
26. Laser Printer icon creation
27. How to Create an Alarm Clock Icon
28. Paint brush icon in Photoshop
29. How to Create a Van Icon in Photoshop
30. How to make a Calendar icon
Icon search engines
If you’re not going to create icons by yourself but still want to use it in your design, no worries. There is plenty of icons search engines out there: