The web, computers and mobile phones would be nothing without the humble icon. We use icons to navigate our way around computers and the internet and, on the whole, would be absolutely lost without them. You’ll be amazed by how many icons are firmly lodged in your brain: when presented with a Search, Mail or Battery icon, for instance, you’ll instantly know exactly what it means and what it does.
Icons are tiny, but powerful; underestimate them at your peril. Internet giants like Facebook, Twitter and Windows Live Messenger rely heavily on icon design to boost user numbers, and Microsoft and Apple are constantly refining and redesigning their icons in a fierce battle to stand out from one another and define their respective brand identities.
As an essential element of website navigation, you need to ensure that your icons are polished and attractive. Fortunately, there is a wealth of icon design tutorials available to help you create stunning icons in Photoshop or Illustrator. We’ve scoured the web to bring you the very best. Some are more suitable for experts, while others are accessible to anyone with the most limited graphic design experience. Take a look below and find the ones that are right for you.