Monday, January 16, 2012


Welcome to the blog for the Intermediate/Advanced Digital Darkroom class.

Your first assignment, starting today, is to make an icon for yourself – something that could be displayed on a smart phone or tablet device. We'll be using illustrator to create the icon – it'll give us a change to brush up on the illustrator interface. The icon could literally be for yourself – as if I were to make a "Chris Lanier" icon – or it could be for a service you provide, or for a fictional app you could imagine developing.

Here are a few references we'll look at:

How to Design App Icons for iPhone and iPad

Official Apple iOS guidelines

Illustrator icon tutorials:

Design Float Circle Icon

How to Create a Vector Safari Compass in Illustrator

The icon should be bold enough that the image is comprehensible at 29x29 pixels, the minimum display on an iPhone "spotlight search." When officially making an icon for use in the iOS, you don't need to create the "sheen" or the rounded corners, but for the sake of this exercise, I'd like you to include those design details.

If you'd like a syllabus, you can download the "advanced" one here:

And the "intermediate" one here:

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