Don’t See What You Need? How about custom icon design?

I would love for you to buy some of my stock icons but if you don’t see what you need here, I am available for custom icon design for just about any need. I have been an icon designer for 25 years and have worked on dozens of custom icon design projects with companies ranging from small mom-and-pop stores to large, multinational corporations. I have even created custom icons for weddings. Custom icon design, especially custom avatars, can personalize your project with a unique look that is all your own. I can create icons in flat icon style, line icon style, glyph icon style, or color-filled line icon style.

How It Works

When you hire me to design your custom icons, you have the satisfaction of knowing you will get exactly the images you need and you have direct input into the metaphors, insuring they communicate exactly what you want.

At the start of the project, I will chat with you to identify key requirements like what style or styles you like and will work best for your project, who your audience is, other visual assets or brand with which the icons need to correlate, timeline, deliverable formats, etc. I will provide you with a professional, written estimate and Statement of Work. Once we have an agreement on the scope of the work, fee, payment terms, and delivery dates, I will send you an invoice for 50% of the agreed upon fee, payable in advance. This is done so we both have some “skin in the game”. Icon design projects can sometimes run for a couple of months, depending on the size and complexity of the project and the up-front deposit allows me to pay rent, buy groceries, etc. Don’t worry, most projects can be completed in a few weeks. The larger projects I have done that take months have included upwards of 80 icons.

I will then start working on your  project and include you along the way with sketches and discussion to make sure things are going as you expect. I always start with pencil sketches because it allows us to focus on the meaning and not the style first. Once the metaphors and symbolism are worked out, I will then create the vector art, again including you in the process to insure consistency with your goals and vision.

Once you are satisfied with the designs, you will indicate your approval of the designs. Once the designs are approved, I will invoice you for final payment, handing off the digital files once final payment has been received. Doing business over the internet can be intimidating but in over 20 years, I have never had a customer unhappy with my work and I’m happy to provide referrals upon request.

Previous Custom Icon Projects

Wedding Avatars

Bride and Groom custom icon design

My wife and I had a destination wedding in Spain in 2017 on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean. As a surprise for our guests (17 of them) I created custom avatars for the placards indicating where each guest’s seat was at the reception. The best comment from one friend was, “This looks more like me than I look like me”. Custom avatars are a great way to personalize your web site, app, presentations, or marketing materials. I will be happy to work with you to create avatars that look, “more like you than you look like you”.

Wedding guest custom icon design

3X Media Outdoor Adventure Icons

This was a set of 6 icons created for an outdoor adventure company in Australia. The company wanted icons to communicate the different types of guided adventures it offers.

3X Media Outdoor Adventure custom icon design

Apple Watch Icons
This was a set of 24 Apple Watch custom icons created especially for a tutorial about designing icons for the Apple Watch immediately upon the launch of the watch. The icons followed Apple’s design and human-computer interaction guidelines.

Apple Watch custom icon design