“Share This” Icons

by Bob Plankers on December 5, 2006 · 4 comments

in General Rambling

In reply to Alex King’s discussion of potential “Share This” icons, I posit, “what about arrows?” Plus it’s a good excuse to learn more about Adobe Illustrator, which I spend very little time in. No particular reason I picked blue, other than I sorta like it.

I have some other ideas but they need some work…

Update: here are some other thoughts. I didn’t change the color yet, though blue is the color of OPML. We can worry about that if we get a design that doesn’t suck. Green would be good.

We could tip it up so. “Up & out” == sharing, right? Plus the serendipitous shadow arrow pointing back down. You get what you give?

up-128.gifup-16.gif

Stars are nice. Who doesn’t like a star? Say “this post is a star” by sharing.

star-128.gifstar-16.gif

This is my favorite but it looks too much like a window close control at 16×16.

cross-128.gifcross-16.gif

Maybe a star with a hole in it? This reminds me of a logo from somewhere, maybe Carl’s Jr.?

star-hole-128.gifstar-hole-16.gif

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Alex December 5, 2006 at 5:29 PM

(cross-posted to my site)

Looks nice. I kept my root node in the middle rather than the bottom left was to avoid having the icon “grow” in the same direction that the feed icon does.

One of the reasons I didn’t choose blue was that the OPML icon project is already using blue.

http://www.opmlicons.com/

Alex December 5, 2006 at 7:13 PM

I think the arrow-heads are too small to be recognized at 16×16. I like the star idea though. Concept posted on my blog.

Alex December 22, 2006 at 1:50 AM

If you’d like to put these on Flickr and tag them with ‘share-icon’, they will show up as concepts on the Share Icons web site:

http://shareicons.com

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