Last week at Awwwards, Adobe unveiled a sneak preview of vector graphics support in Creative Cloud Libraries coming soon to Adobe XD CC. What this means is that Adobe Illustrator users can conveniently drag graphics from their CC libraries and drop them right into their XD canvases. As well, changes made to vector assets within Illustrator will also reflect instantly on XD.
To celebrate UX design excellence and underscore the importance of icon design to storytelling, Adobe has partnered with three legendary designers to gift you a trio of free icon collections. These wonderful freebies help make your projects a little more simple and intuitive for users.
Get to know the designers—Lance Wyman, Anton & Irene, and Büro Destruct—and the key to their design philosophies through their #GoodDesign principles below. Beginner or pro, this gift from Adobe will make your next project quicker, simpler and ultimately better for your users. Download your free icon collections below:
Lance Wyman is one of the most notable designers around the globe. His most notable works include the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games logo and the map of the Washington Metro system. When describing what #GoodDesign means to him, Lance said, “A well designed icon is ‘visual poetry.’”
Typical of his past work, his icons features paths of circles that aim to bring character to your visual identity; the icons can even be animated easily.Download Icon Collection
Anton & Irene
This UX designer pair has over a dozen awards under its belt like the Cannes Lions, Awwwards, Webby, Emmy, Red Dot, and .NET—just to name a few. Big name clients of the duo include The MET, Google, HTC, Balenciaga, and USA Today.
To Anton & Irene, #GoodDesign means not to “solve the problem too literally, [and to] allow yourself space for free-form association in order to come up with something less obvious.” For their design, they searched for easily identifiable and interesting metaphors that are instantly recognizable for users. Their kit is clutter-free and scalable for smaller screens.Download Icon Collection
Swedish design studio Büro Destruct has been known to juggle between the lines of art and commercial graphic design with style. Its substantial portfolio spans icons to logotypes and apps for companies such as Swatch, Pebble, XXL Magazine, and more.
And when asked to describe their #GoodDesign principle, the agency detailed, “Concentrate on balance. Always try and inject it into your work.” Its highly-structured icons, which boast contrasting lines, are focused on simplicity. They also have a maximum dimension of 24-by-24 pixels each.Download Icon Collection
Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.