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[Design] Weekly Challenge – Pin Icon

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Yeah, it’s weekly challenge day again ! Today I want to design something looks simple but with some details inside. Again, after searching for a while in Dribbble, I pick two designs out of them and they are all about icons !


Location icon

Yes, they all look simple but there are really some details inside. For the first design, it uses shadow to make the image jump out with a little bit 3D effect. While for the second one, you can notice the designer only use few colors, bold lines to make it flat and clean. So here comes my brainstorming time, is it possible to make a pin icon like the second design and also it still has shadow inside to make it not so boring ?

Instead of starting to open my illustrator at once, there is also another idea hitting my mind. I want to make the pin icon different from the others with some personal ideas. After seeing so many pin icons from Google, I noticed that they all miss an important concept – What happened in the pinned place at that time ? Is it possible to provide information about Geo location and some random screenshots at that place ? If yes, for users, this may be more friendly to use when navigating the online map.

So here comes my design :


Yes, it is a pin icon but with some functionalities I want – a placeholder for images (with 15% opacity), shadows to make it 3D, and  itself – a pin which makes you pin the place you want on the map. And I also make image about the real use case for this pin :


It may look not so clear, so you have to click on the image to check the real size (still compressed, but bigger).

Some Thoughts

From this challenge, I learned some skills about how to put shadow on images and how to make an image mask to showcase part of content you really want. And also, it is important for designers to think more about the real use case of what they designed before turning on illustrator. In this way, you won’t live in your own ivory tower.

That’s it, hope you guys like it and I would keep practicing on the way to design. Can’t wait to accept coming challenge next week, cheeeeers ! 😛


Written by EragonJ

June 21st, 2014 at 1:14 pm

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[Design] Weekly Challenge – Fire and some sketches


Another special day for weekly challenge ! After continuously practicing on drawing and illustrating these few days, I think I am addicted to these stuffs ! I still remember the time when I was still a sophomore  student in the university, I was planing to take double majors on Computer Science and Industrial Design. Haha, but I didn’t take action in the end and still stayed on the CS fields.

After so much passing times, I am curious about the reason why I had such a plan in my mind then. Does it mean I love design ? Not sure, but it may take time to verify hmmmmm

Whatever ! Here comes today’s design challenge, this time I got a plan in my mind that I want to practice sketching and icon-designing, so after scanning dribbble, I found a simple logo here :

Branding | Exploration “Heated Speech”

This time, instead of jumping into illustrator directly, I planed to do a rough sketch on my sketchbook first. (Yes, I bought it few months ago but I didn’t use it to sketch anything haha) This is what I got finally :


Yes, it’s fire with some sharp curves and that’s it ! So after doing this prototyping, I used illustrator to make a real one based on it !


In this logo, I spent so much time on drawing baselines on intersections of curves to make sure I can make the original sketch to real. In addition to this, in order to make it look really real, I realized the color is god damn important. So, I also spent more than half an hour on picking colors for the logo and took other’s works on the internet for references.

From my side, this part may be the most difficult part when designing this logo. I am not good with color so I had no any idea about what color to use ! (You would definitely agree with me when you see my wearings -_-) But as a programmer, we all have to solve problems on our daily jobs, so I decided to use some default linear colors and add some additional colors. Although I still don’t know how to choose, this is a good start for me, isn’t it !? haha

I think that’s all for today’s challenge ! Here comes some random sketches by following some online tutorial on how to draw objects. Hope you guys like it and any feedback and suggestions would be appreciated ! Stay tuned with my next work :)

Random Sketches



My iPhone 4s


Written by EragonJ

June 16th, 2014 at 1:06 am

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[Design] Weekly Challenge – Flame Flag

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Yeah, today is weekend ! It means I can put more time and efforts on stuffs I like. After coming back from the swimming pool, it’s kinda a good time to practice designing something. After doing a quick grep form dribbble, I noticed two interesting works :


Fort York

The first work is a fire composed with word fire while the second one is waving flag. These two works like may not be so related at the first glimpse, but I think that would be interesting to combine both of them into one specific work. Based on this concept, I made another design called Flame Flag.


In this work, I learn how to use ruler to measure the length and degree of specific line, get more familiar with some hotkeys and do a sketch before drawing on Illustator. Although the image looks simple and without too much details, I still spend more than 2 hours on making some baselines, measuring details and some other stuffs.

I think I can finally understand a little bit of designer’s lives. The devil is definitely in the details. That’s it and hope you guys like this ! Any feedback or responses is appreciated :)

Written by EragonJ

June 14th, 2014 at 6:15 pm