Profile of an Icon Designer – IconDock – Free and Premium Quality Icons

IconDock is managed by Nick La, a Toronto based illustrator and web designer, who also runs N.Design Studio, Web Designer Wall, and Best Web Gallery. Both the stock icons and free icons are designed by Nick La. Being a web designer himself, Nick knows what kind of icons you need for most of your projects — whether a blog theme, web app interface or general website. His icon designs are simple and versatile, which can be applied for both web and print work.
To make it affordable, IconDock offers icons in vector and bitmap format at a low cost. Nick also realized not every client need a complete set of icons, so he initiated to sell vector icons individually. No minimum purchase is required. With the Ajax-powered shopping cart, IconDock makes your shopping experience fun and easy — you can add items to the cart by drag & drop or with a single click. Check out IconDock to see yourself!

Latest Premium Icons from IconDock

BlockieBlockie »
This vector set is provided in 3 different versions that can complement most of your projects. You can use them separately or combine them together to create mouseover effects.
You will receive 307 color vector icons, plus a free set of the solid and grayscale version.

HiGlossHiGloss »
Drafted with glossy and minimal elements, this style is a ultimate match for designing dark color themes.

WebProWebPro »
Over 170 vector icons that you can use for print (brochures, user guides, etc.) and web design. This vector set is specially designed to let you scale to any size from 16px to 128px and yet retain the details.

SimplyBoldSimplyBold »
Over 150 icons designed with simple elements, this set consists various icons that can be used for CMS and blog designs.

Latest Free Icons from IconDock

Mini PixelMini Pixel Icons »
The package includes 320 icons (available in various color theme) for general web design such as: blog themes, forums, eCommerce sites, and CMS application. They are designed at 14×14px with transparent background, which is suitable for footer or sidebar navigation buttons.

I Love FavoriteI Love Favorite Icons »
This icon set includes 27 of “I love” favorite icons (in GIF and ICO format). Designed at 16 x 16 pixel, you can use them as web icons or brower favicon. There are various themes in the package and hopefully you can find one that matches with your site. A layered PSD is included in the zip, just in case you want to design your own.

OrigamiOrigami Icons »
Origami Free Set is a set of 15 icons, originally designed by Jack Cai from Double-J Design, and brought to you by IconDock. All icons are completely free for both personal and commercial use. Resell and distribution is not allowed. The icons are available in 5 different sizes (16px, 32px, 48px, 128px, and 256px) and come as Windows ICO and 32-bit transparent PNG files. The icons are also available in vector format (Adobe Illustrator AI format).

Four Step Icon Design Process

processJust like most other designers, Nick starts his icon design by drawing the concepts on paper.

processImport the sketch in Adobe Illustrator. Trace the icons in basic outline.

processFill the icon with color & gradient. Fill the icon with color & gradient.

processFine tone the color. At this point, you should have a theme or style (a theme is the overall appearance of the icons throughout the set). Illustrator tips: use the Eyedropper tool or Graphic Styles to ensure the stroke and color are consistent.

Design process images




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