doesn’t work with icons. What looks good at 512 px looks like a
blurry smear at 16 px. Icons should have a base design that is used
as a starting point, but each output size needs to have its own
The temptation grows to get illustrative with your icon designs.
While a level of realism can add interest to an icon design, it should
not supersede its ability to function simply and effectively.
Keep icons simple and iconic. Try not to overcomplicate icon
designs. Be wary of placing too many items into an icon design, or
overly illustrating an icon.
Line icons are a direct evolutionary branch of the original pixel art
icons, and one of the current popular styles due to their ability to
portray powerful imagery using simple shapes and outlines.
From a design perspective, a glyph is a visual style where the
objects are represented using monochromatic shapes or strokes
that can have subtle empty spaces separating their different
composing sections. While simple in its nature, the glyph icon can be
really effective, especially when used in smaller sizes, since you can
depict the object using a minimalist but still comprehensible result.
Several glyph icons are used to create infographics – not line icons.
Design for the size the icon will be used at.