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    I understand there are a lot of resources available online that provide designers with pre-made icons for things like Facebook, Twitter, etc. What's the protocol with this type of thing? Say you need implement such icons on a design piece...is it better to recreate them from scratch to mesh with your overall aesthetic, or is it acceptable to pull from the internet, and maybe modify them? I don't really mind trying to recreate the icons, but it would be a big time saver if I didn't have to. What's the best way to approach this issue?

  • #2
    I'm not sure you're supposed to modify them to fit your aesthetic. I know facebook has rules about usage and you are supposed to get them from their site.

    Here's a lesson learned: http://angiemakes.com/improper-use-social-media-icons/
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    • mcbennet
      mcbennet commented
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      Thanks for the link..I haven't had to deal with this sort of thing before so I'm glad you guys are here to help!

    • PrintDriver
      PrintDriver commented
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      These social media icons and their usage should be taught in Graphics 101.
      All brands have brand standards just as harsh as these. Or worse. And large brands will make your designer life miserable if you don't follow them to the letter. I've often wondered on several occasions if the designer had to pay out of pocket for misuse of brand in printed collateral.

    • KitchWitch
      KitchWitch commented
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      Oh, I doubt the person from that link studied design in the slightest. A lot of Etsy sellers grab copyrighted or trademarked material, tweak it and sell it. Then get shocked when they get busted for it.

  • #3
    There is usually a download assets page for those things. Each one has its own usage rules, dos and don'ts.
    Here are Twitter's.
    https://about.twitter.com/press/twitter-brand-policy

    There are a lot of rules.

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    • #4
      You should not be pulling logos from random places on the web. Get them from the original source. Each have their specific usage parameters.

      Facebook guidelines

      Twitter guidelines
      Last edited by PanToshi; 10-28-2015, 12:51 PM. Reason: make English better-rer
      Sketching not only helps you work out good ideas, it helps you get past the bad ones.

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      • mcbennet
        mcbennet commented
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        Thanks a lot PanToshi, this has been a big help..though I'm bummed that the guidelines keep you from altering the color of their logos.

      • kemingMatters
        kemingMatters commented
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        I fairly certain all of them have a black & white or KO white version you can use to if you are trying to maintain a minimized colour palette

      • mcbennet
        mcbennet commented
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        Yeah I've definitely seen that on Facebook and Twitter..my biggest problem is Yelp, though. They restrict proportion adjustments and the icon they provide for print/web is HUGE!

    • #5
      Jinx Pan. At least mine are in English.

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      • PanToshi
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        better?

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