Some of the design decisions for this project were made early on when I set up my rule guide. I used a matrix in the beginning and it worked, but I felt less constricted using a rule set. I was able to create icons without specifically fitting them into a grid, buy they were still consistent without the grid. The rules were; thick stroke, in action, and geometric. The icon set above represents some of my first iterations, and they followed a more organic approach. The final icon set below exemplifies my rule set and are still related to the first forms.
In this project I discovered how intricate icon making can be. They seem like such simple forms when they are finished, but that comes from the consistency in the creative process. I also discovered that my opinion of what sugar can be is very different from others opinions. I solved this dilemma by asking other random students about my icons and what they thought i the icon denoted. I also made sure that they didn't know my two-word story until after the observations.
The connotations that are communicated through my icon set are; modern, clean, mature, urban, and playful. The clean, more geometric angles connote cleanliness and also hint at a concept of modern day architecture. The objects are conveying actions and the line width is larger; these connote playfulness.