Icon Creation for Web, Mobile, and Multi-Device Design – by Jon Hicks at An Event Apart

Icons are more than just pretty decorative graphics for sites and applications; they are little miracle workers. They summarize and explain actions, provide direction, offer feedback, and even break through language barriers. Whether you design icons yourself or just need to be able to work with them, Jon Hicks's "Icon Design Process" at An Event Apart Boston will take you through the whole process of designing and deploying resolution-independent icons—from the initial brief, to choosing the format or method to deploy them. On the way, it will cover choosing the right metaphor, achieving visual balance, and using SVG for scalable and lightweight distribution.

No one is better suited to lead this session. Jon Hicks (@hicksdesign) quite literally wrote the book on Icons: The Icon Handbook for Five Simple Steps Publishing. A graphic designer based in Oxfordshire, UK, Jon runs Hicksdesign with his wife Leigh, and is most widely known for his work on the Firefox, MailChimp, and Shopify logos, as well as recent projects such as the Skype emoticon redesign.

Jon is just one of twelve extraordinary speakers appearing at An Event Apart Boston 2015. See them all! Following the two-day conference of twelve great sessions comes A Day Apart: Everything You Wanted to Know About Responsive Design…And Less!, led by Brad Frost (Atomic Design). You can register just for the two-day conference, just for A Day Apart, or save $100 when you sign up for all three days. Check the schedule for details, and save an additional $100 if you register now through March 16.