The Replacement of Icons for Illustrations in 2019
July 11, 2019
I have noticed a trend recently going on in web design where we are no longer using standard library icons like FontAwesome to show off product features on landing pages, promo material, etc. Instead, I’ve noticed the rise of illustrations using a variety of pastel colors, dark borders, and uneven coloring outside the lines like a rushed art project in school that was done an hour before it was due.
Regardless, I personally like the idea. Where modern icons have perfectly formed corners, predictable shapes and colors, and are overall very generic, this trend is creating images that are unique.
I also find these illustrations more friendly and inviting opposed to the more “serious” standard icons seen on websites today. With that being said, there is still a time and a place for “serious” icons.
I decided to give a stab at making a few illustrations for Push Labs, where I sell Video Background Pro.
These icons are meant to convey some of the perks of the plugin, like mobile autoplaying video backgrounds, Vimeo & YouTube video backgrounds, and dedicated support. I think they turned out alright for not being a designer.