This is something of an experiment: Helvetica social Icons that are 99% made with the type tool in Photoshop.
The idea came about when I flirted with using icons on this blog, and didn’t really care for all the cartoony, glossy, and web 2.0 type ones available. Although so many are really beautifully made, they just aren’t really my style. So, I created these. Something a little different =)
Apart from the coloured backgrounds in some, everything is made with the type tool in Photoshop and variations of the Helvetica font. I would have dug to have done vectors for these, but at the moment I don’t have a good vector app like Adobe Illustrator in my pocket.
I’ve included all the Photoshop files, so that you can see how they were constructed. They are free to download and use.
As far as I know, there aren’t really any typographical icons around the web, so If anyone expands on this idea, please let me know – I’d love to see what you’ve done! Credit would be awesome if you use them, but I would just like to see more people creating these kind of icons, and maybe taking the idea to a new level.
Here they are: typo-icons.zip
Here’s a brief rundown of the 8 icons:
As you can see, I’ve used them in the re-design of this blog. If you dig them let me know.