Responsive Icons

An investigation into scalable, future-proof iconography techniques for the modern web.

About the project

“Responsive Icons” is a project that explores scalable iconography. The concept interrogates the varying complexity of symbols used on devices, and aims to find the perfect balance of simplicity in relation to screen size. By creating a simple prototype to showcase the idea, it has become a platform for new thinking in responsive design. Visit and scale your browser window to see the concept in action.

The Result

The project received an enormous amount of exposure after launch, gaining 20,000 hits in a day. The project was written about in Smashing Magazine, UX Mag, Designmodo and other articles, and sparked debate within the design community regarding the use of responsive elements such as icons on websites of the future. Additionally, I was asked to speak at the 2014 FoWD conference in April, giving me a chance to present my workings and thoughts.

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