16 Clean and Sleek Icon Designs by Romualdo Faura

16 Clean and Sleek Icon Designs by Romualdo Faura

What tools/apps do you usually use in creating your projects?

My principal tools are pencil and a black ball point pen from Muji (A Japanese brand). Firstly, I start doing a quick sketch on a paper, in order to achieve the perfect composition that I like most. Then I digitalize my idea from paper to my computer (Mac), if it is vector work then I will use Freehand. I will use InDesign for laying out publications. For retouching, editing, adjusting photos then I will use Photoshop.

Your style consists of simple lines, shapes and colors. Why do you explore such aesthetics?

I believe a good design should be always simple, precise, clean and straight to the point. I don't really like designs with exaggerated details and ornaments, which usually abound. Simplicity is the best. I was always interested in the ethical side of design. Personally, using a few basic, simple shapes and colours is the best way to reach your audience and convey the right message - because you are trying to tell something without artifice or special effects. A design should be an appetiser, not a buffet. I would like to dedicate my profession solely to design icons for signaling. From my point of view, it is the work that consists of everything in design: synthesis, illustration and social function. Imagine, you can tell a full story, the functionality, and the concept behind it through a small icon.

Have you ever tried to experiment with other mediums or techniques to help develop your aesthetic?

In general, I am not a person who takes risks. Basically because I have a great confidence with myself, in what I do and how I am doing it. If I find a brand new way to solve something, then I will do it, but on the same wavelength (of lines and colours). For example, if I have to illustrate a person, I will try to make a different face, draw different eyes, or create a different body. But I would always try to be very synthetic without risking too much. In some situations, I am tempted to apply textures into my drawings. But as I have tried in the past, I have found that it doesn't provide anything vital to the drawing at all. Moreover, it is a trend that everyone is practicing. So I prefer to carry on doing it my way, using spot colours without applying other effects, and exclude myself from the trend that most of the designers are following.

Do you have new projects you're currently working on?

Currently I am working on a project which is designing some icons for a very famous magazine from the United States. They are conducting the redesign of its layout and have asked me to design some icons for some sections. Other than that, I am finishing an illustration for an exhibition in Cancun, Mexico as part of a design conference and the theme is "The End".

Finally, any message for our readers?

I guess most of the readers are interconnected to the design world. So my principal message is you can gain a lot just by looking. It is absolutely free, but with a critical eye, and maintaining the line of what they want to do, without being overwhelmed by what is fashionable or the current trend, you can achieve what you are really capable of.

More about Romualdo Faura

https://romualdofaura.com/ https://www.behance.net/rfaura

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4 comments on “16 Clean and Sleek Icon Designs by Romualdo Faura”

  1. I enjoyed reading this interview. "Simplicity is the best." I totally agree. I like my work simple and clean but modern.

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