I’ve been pining for an all black timepiece for some time now, I haven’t found anything I like however, possibly because I have no particular idea of what exactly it is I want. I have articulated it to myself or anyone for that matter. So for my day four entry of this challenge I decided to start sketching some watches. To see what it is that I like or don’t like.
I haven’t sketched anything but wireframes since I left college. My background is in Industrial Design that was my major and I minored in Human Interaction Design formally known to the rest of the world as User Experience Design.
I am rusty for sure but some habits die hard, I can accredit homework assignments of 100 sketches a night to that.
This was a 15min sketch on drawing paper with 0.5 ball point pen. A prodigal industrial designer…
Decided to start playing around with the design of icons for Trainer By Sport. Instead of using a drop down of words, I wanted to use as many icons throughout the app as possible.
Creation of icons is a design practice within itself. You need to understand how to balance negative and positive space. The soccer ball proved a hassle. The lines where too frail or too thick, with a solid background, making the patches and stitches negative space. There wasn’t even a border at first.
The rules I learned in storyboard and product design then came into play. Use of thick lines around the edge of an item definitely made the soccer ball pop, I switched the roles so that the outline, patches and stitches where made of positive space.
Now the set, the football not being round was tricky to size. Too small and it looks well…too small. Too big it looks strange since it is not at all as tall as the football/soccer ball in reality.
Mad props to anyone who makes icons for a living!
Made in Illustrator.
I then brought the icons into Photoshop and was initially going to make them some bright color but turning them into an overlay and picking up on the texture of the background was dope. A nice touch to bring out the grunginess.
I added some states of the icon selection process and created a dropdown.