An apple a day…
Recreating icons from a set of something real is a unique challenge. You don’t want it to look realistic, but rather hint at the details of the object. I wanted to create fruit icons that were incomplete, simple, and appealing to the general audience. I wanted them to have a certain design with a certain set of rules. I sketched out a few different set of rules, as you can see below:
I wanted the fruit to be incomplete shapes, and to have minimal detail. I started designing the third idea (third sketch of each fruit) and quickly realized I didn’t like it and that it wasn’t going to turn out like I wanted. I designed the first set, and quickly fell in love with it’s simplicity and style. This is the black and white draft I came up with.
I then showed my draft to several other classmates and designers to gather feedback. They noticed that the dark side isn’t always on the left, but I knew that problem would be solved when I added color. It was also mentioned to have the fruit all be the same in thickness. For example, the pineapple at the end is much thinner than the raspberry next to it. That was something that bugged me as well, so I went in and made these changes and came up with this final draft!
I thought they turned out great! They all have a bright colorful color scheme which appeals to a general audience, as fruit is meant to be colorful and delicious. The icons are simple, and each fits in with the same style and set of rules. I added in the offset lines as well to give it more of a styled look and to create unity between the icons. It’s challenging to design in such simple ways and ideas!