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When Metaphors Retire

When Metaphors Retire

I was surprised to find out one’s still able to buy floppy disks. Just checked it on Amazon. Although, all of them are labeled with “discontinued by manufacturer” and seem to be sold mainly to collectors. Why am I talking about floppy disks? You got…

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ANIMATE AIGA 2014 Exhibition

Iconka’s animations (by Denis Sazhin) are presented at ANIMATE AIGA 2014 Exhibition taking place in Philadelphia, April 1 – April 30. http://philadelphia.aiga.org/current-exhibition/ Watch the opening video and you can glimpse a couple of kitties on move.

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The Friendliest Interface

The Friendliest Interface

I’ve read this article today. Not that I don’t agree with the author about excessive complexity of washer panels, but I didn’t really get his version either. For example, I find “Put your dirty clothes inside” a little bit too much. And “Is it soft?”…

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The Birth of Aphrodite

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How it is done

Here is another video I made to show the process of icon creation.

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Potboiler

Potboiler

This text is not intended for icon designers but for those who have to face them. Customers. Here as in any professional area there is often a situation when a customer can’t (and should not) understand subtleties and nuances of the work done. To some…

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Size does matter

Size does matter

This article is not for icon designers, but rather for users: customers, developers and all those good people to whom we give our icons. Why do we ask you about needed icon sizes? Why so insistently? And not just sizes, but different kinds of them:…

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Dribs and drabs

Dribs and drabs

Under this pompous title I’d like to answer a question that was raised in the blog a long time ago. The question is well formulated and describes the typical problem faced by many icon designers. Here it is: “Hello, I also do icons, and I…

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Video-tutorial. A “Shopping Cart” icon.

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Put in a word for a perspective

Put in a word for a perspective

Nearly every icon beginner faces a problem of the wrong perspective in his work. That happens basically because being enchanted by details, highlights, shadows and outlines he doesn’t want to “waste” time on preparatory “spade” work. He likes to skip the basement construction phase and…

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