To begin with, I used the photo manipulating software, Photoshop to create png icons that reflect a teenage alternative theme. The photographs below show the process I went through to complete this task. Firstly, I imported images from google then changed the opacity (transparency) of the layer so that I am able to make a cartoon effect on the image. The cartoon effect on the icons are sone so by using the pen tool to make a path around the outline of a specific feature, then using the select tool to chose the path you drew and filling it in with a colour. I also used the pen tool to form basic pin point shapes that act as a border for the icon and enabling it to point to the location on the map.
The link below leads you to the final Google icon Project
The picture on the left is an example of an approach I could take to make my icons. These icons are in a very basic form and they feature little illustrations of the activities related to each location
Apple’s ios features a wide range of icons which range in different colours and iillustrations. for example, the camera icon is a very recognisable shape and straight forward for the user to understand. This technique of simplicity speeds up the user experience
The map icons to the left represent the most common form of pin point icons used across a lot of maps
Therefore, I thought It was best fitting to base my Google Icon Project on this evident theme.
- Vintage Clothing Store
- Horfield Skatepark
- Banksy Art
The 4 items above are what each I con shall be based on therefore, it is important to collect images that show the symbolism of each element as clearly as possible, so that the performance of the icons are as effective as possible. The 4 different elements come together to compliment that teenagers in bristol would be interested in.
Is it relevant to visit the location, take photos / draw?
For this project, I didn’t feel that it was necessary to visit the each of the locations because, the title of the location gave me enough information to base on the concept. Primarily, the aim of this project is to create a theme of icons that complement each other in terms of colour scheme and relevance to the City of Bristol.
Bristol is known to be an alternative themes city in general, with the influence of the Graffiti artist, Banksy as well as the skateboarding and hippy lifestyle.
What keywords are relevant for your idea?
Alternative, Teenager, Bristol, Lifestyle, Freedom