Wednesday column: Designing an interactive magazine – Icons
Each Wednesday, Talking New Media invites industry leaders to discuss industry topics involving digital publishing. This month we feature the columns of Nadi Tsech, a digital magazine designer based in Prague. Nadi’s own blog can be found at magpla.net, where her wonderful use of graphics makes each post a pleasure to read. This is the first of a series of seven posts; the second post can be found at the bottom of this page.
How to turn a print edition into an interactive magazine?
Start off with choosing interactive features you want to use in your magazine and then design icons.
These 9 features are used almost in every interactive magazine. We can even call them “standard features” or “basic features”. Every standard feature usually has its own icon. There are some examples of icons from existing magazines.
Depending on specific of a magazine you might need additional icons:
Recipe, Rotate your device, Map, Zoom, Social networks, Share, Pan and zoom, How to, Tip, Quote or any other button which might be useful.
Design an icon set for the magazine. Keep in mind these 4 simple things: shape, size, colour, description.
An icon set consist of 5–10 icons, most of them has one main shape (circle, triangles, rectangles) and some has specific shape (arrows or symbols). Let’s have a look at existing icon sets.
There are 3 options: