10 Mistakes in Icon Design

Michael Beckwith michael.d.beckwith at gmail.com
Wed Feb 13 20:36:54 UTC 2008

I didn't have any specific criticisms going myself, but I figured since 
we have people making icons, it'd be a good idea to share in case we 
were making some of these mistakes.

Martin Sourada wrote:
> On Wed, 2008-02-13 at 14:03 -0600, Michael Beckwith wrote:
>> http://turbomilk.com/truestories/cookbook/criticism/10-mistakes-in-icon-design/
> Thanks for the link,
> from my experience with Echo icons we usually tend to be aware of these
> mistakes, but:
> ad 1. especially in 16x16, this goal seems to be sometimes hard to
> achieve, I personally believe the package-x-generic icon I am working on
> ATM (see the other thread here) might have some problems with this.
> Luckily mostly only places/status/mimetypes/action icons are usually
> displayed at this size.
> ad 5. yep, we were criticised a lot about having 3-D icons for 22x22,
> the article specifically talks about 16x16 and smaller. Yet, we decided,
> to drop perspective for <= 24x24 action icons. A compromise between
> usability as slickness I'd say...
> ad 6. yes, this one is crucial. We need to use widely recognised
> metaphors, but I believe so far there are not much icons (maybe none)
> that violates this
> ad 10. this one is the most problematic, people usually forgot (or don't
> care?) about this step, which results in a blurry icon, and that's the
> reason why you see my comments about pixel grid alignment in nearly
> every thread related to new icon creation...
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