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Sunday Illustration Inspiration #32: Hand-Drawn Icons

The purpose of this series is to inspire you creatives out there for a fresh inspirational start on Monday. Mondays are usually the worst days of the week as you have to get out of your weekend routine, however with some inspiration things could be different. Well this is the Sunday Illustration Inspiration series, bringing you inspiring content every Sunday. Enjoy the inspiration.

Editors Note: The purpose of this article is to inspire designers out there to grab a pen and paper as part of the design process. When designing, many of us spontaneously turn to our keyboard and mouse but, Newsflash! It is time to go outside into the sunshine with a pencil and drawing pad and let the creative juices flow in the old traditional way. Make yourself comfortable on a bench in a park or on a beach with the sand between your toes or at a table in a coffee shop and start scratching. You will be surprised with what can come from such a break-away. It is also good to have a pocket sized drawing pad with you and while waiting for an appointment, start creating! When you browse through the hand-drawn icons below, do two things… first, determine their value as is and secondly determine their value as part of your planning process and just maybe, if you haven’t tried this yet, you will consider the possibility of trying this method in the future.


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Pieter Els is a graphic designer at Inconcept Media, Jeffreys Bay. He kicked-off his career with extensive research and design of learning material for print, presentation and online learning. After a successful career in this field, he decided to turn back to his original choice he studied for and gain experience in both print and online design for the retail industry. After running his own studio for a while, he decided to join a team in a ever growing technological environment.

One Comment
  1. Reply Stewart Plant September 12, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Fantastic, I love the last one (Cornell University) where it shows the icon in a physical context. Great work and wonderful designs.

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