Let’s Talk Icons
By Michael Flarup

In December 2013 I was asked to give a talk about my passion for icons at a school in Malmö, Sweden. After a short train ride from Copenhagen I found myself in a classroom with 30 apprentice designers looking at me. As people where still trailing into the room I started talking about my own design work, what icons are and where they come from. I talked about icons in interfaces and app icons on mobile platforms. I focused on what exactly I believe makes a good app icon and what makes a bad app icon. A camera stood on a makeshift tripod and recorded the entire session. Here’s the abridged version.

In the 30 minutes I talk about my own design work, what icons are and where they come from. I talk about icons in interfaces and app icons on mobile platforms. What makes a good app icon? What makes a bad app icon? Finally I let’s everyone in on the secret behind becoming an icon designer.

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