Joen Asmussen on The Making of a Gridicon

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Great iconography taps into a universal language we all understand. Like the dove of peace or the red cross on hospitals, the very best of icons communicate thousands of words in a single graphic form.

In much the same way, icons can augment a user interface. If the icon speaks enough on its own, it can free up always-welcome whitespace. Alternately, it can sit next to a label to give it a unique silhouette that’s more easy to recognize at a glance.

What you see above are the Gridicons for WordPress.com. Here’s a brief overview of how we created them. Read More