The Icon

 

If you are planning to make a logotype that consists of the name of your project combined with a visual element then what you will be looking for is an icon that symbolizes your project in a very clear way.

The last thing we want to do therefore, is to make a picture. Symbols are not pictures, they are visual condensations of a concept, an idea, an activity. While pictures tell stories that are part of a timeline, symbols show a single condensed instance - there is no "before" and "after". Symbols therefore give an indirect or abstract reference to what it is that they represent, they do not tell stories. Big big difference from a picture, and you should be aware of this difference so that you don’t end up painting pictures instead of making a logo symbol or an icon. 

The icons below should give you an idea as to what it is that we are in search of: Very light on detail, clear form, good volume, and visual definition. 

Selection of Icons found on the Noun Project.  (I am showing them white on black for better visibility, but obviously they are black on white by default)

Search Terms: Nature, Organic

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nature-1.jpg
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nature-4.jpg
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Search Terms: Food, Gastronomy

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food-5.jpg
food-4.jpg
food-3.jpg
food-2.jpg

Search Terms: Happy, Fun

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happy-4.jpg
happy-3.jpg
happy-2.jpg
happy-1.jpg

Search Terms: Coffee, Cafe

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coffee-1.jpg
coffee-3.jpg
coffee-4.jpg

Search Terms: Communication, Internet, Network

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communication-3.jpg
communication-4.jpg
communication-1.jpg
communication-2.jpg

Search Terms: Gaming, Computers

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gaming-2.jpg
gaming-1.jpg
gaming-4.jpg
gaming-3.jpg

Search Terms: Sports, Activity

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sport-2.jpg
sport-1.jpg
sport-3.jpg
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