Icons are Hard 12

Today I tried creating a new icon for an RSS reader. I had a pretty good idea and after a few hours of work I got something that I think look pretty good. However, it turns out that I didn’t manage to make the icon look good at 32×32 and my design would not work at all for 16×16.

RSS  Icon

Does anyone have any good ideas?

  • http://www.pontukom.com Guilherme Blanco

    Seems that you tryed to do a newspaper like icon.

    Try to do the intermediate folder between that gradient in the right side. I think it’ll be much more nicely!

    Does it will be copyrighted? I loved it and if I can, I wanna use it in my project, that you already helped me (this will have a RSS Feed).

  • http://erik.eae.net Erik Arvidsson

    “Try to do the intermediate folder between that gradient in the right side. I think it’ll be much more nicely!”

    What do you mean?

  • http://www.pontukom.com Guilherme Blanco

    Simple… can you see the gradient in the right side of your icon?
    Try to do “internal pages”, like other pages in that place… that gradient doesn’t look good there. =)

  • http://www.forgetfoo.com/ foO

    nice icon, buddy ;)

    how’s that RSS project coming along, btw?

  • boombastic

    I am not into icons but i understand you are into RSS application development. I was thinking the other day to write a desktop RSS reader(well web based also makes sense afterall). How are you planning/done the caching of feeds. Lets assume that i defined folders (science/technology) and RSS feeds are sub-node. When user clicks on a feed it will show a listview with the news items, parsed from the XML. But the next time i check for the rss feed what happens? Am i supposed to cache the previous XML, collect new one and compare if there is a new item mark it as bold? If yes do I have to maintain a big XML(for each feed) locally that updates itself after each new retrieval? If yes again then perhaps i need a custom tag in this xml to store the status of read, the folder(child, parent) it belongs to etc.
    Am i making any sense or lost the case?

  • Elling

    I guess it’s the small print size of the RSS letters that kind of f*cks things up, since I guess they probably don’t display particularly well at 16×16 at least. :)

    Btw. here’s a tip for getting inspiration on icon design: Do an advanced image search on Google, and choose image size to small:


    The result images you get are around icon size…

  • http://manganime.animeblogger.net William Stewart

    looks perfect too me. /me grabs and uses for object dock icon

  • Shraddha

    This is a nice icon. Currently I am developing a RSS aggregator? Can I use this icon ?
    Please let me know

  • http://erik.eae.net Erik Arvidsson

    Sure, go ahead. I guess I should CC license this. Does anyone know which license would be appropriate for an icon?

  • Shraddha

    Thanks a lot :)

  • http://ride.c.la Ridehard

    I am 2 years late but hey ^^
    Looks like some people like your icon:

    ps: I was looking for an icon to put on my website too ^^’

  • http://erik.eae.net Erik Arvidsson