Previously I shared some tips for creating your own great looking flat design eLearning. A recurring trend in flat design is the use of simplified icons in lieu of detailed drawings, images, or photos. Many icons can be found by inserting symbols or certain Clip Art images from within PowerPoint. Creating your own icons from scratch is also not terribly difficult. As an alternative, I'd like to share a fun (and free!) tool for quickly creating and customizing icons for use in eLearning.
Iconion is a free download that is still currently in Beta. After you've downloaded Iconion, you can choose from a large array of icons from four different icon font sets: Typeicons, Linecons, Font Awesome, and Entypo.
To create an icon, simply select an icon from the left of the Iconion window, preview it in the center panel, and then add a style from the right panel. The styles are many and varied and, in addition to looking great in your eLearning, would blend seamlessly with Windows and iOS. After you've chosen a style, you can make stylistic tweaks to fills, background colors, gradients, blurs, etc. From there you can save your icon to your desktop in a number of fully scalable sizes. Fast, easy, and great looking!
Here's an example of how I incorporated some icons from Iconion into the slide deck for an online training course here at IconLogic:
This is a very useful resource. We had put together a list of interactivities that can be built to make an e-course more engaging - http://www.gc-solutions.net/blog/creating-interactivities-in-e-learning-10-ways-to-challenge-and-engage-your-learner/ and the resource can be useful in creating the e-learning design for interactive courses as well. Thanks for the tip!
Posted by: Akanskha Garg | August 12, 2014 at 06:17 AM
Yes, indeed it is a very useful thing specially for the persons who are not familiar with Adobe photoshop or illustrator. So for UI developers, its really great tool. Nice tip!!
Posted by: Muxions | August 19, 2014 at 03:19 AM