Melbourne Icons

I decided we needed a new icon for our OnlyMelbourne web site for titles and headings.  After doing some searching I decided we needed an icon for PC pages and an icon for Mobile pages.

The icon  we have been using for many years is a part of our logo, the ever-changing Melbourne city skyline.

The aim of an icon is to be easily recogniseable, small in size that clearly gives the reader a graphical representation of the web site.

Ours is the city of Melbourne, so that’s the starting point, what are icons of Melbourne?

  • tram
  • Flinders Street Railway Station
  • Luna Park
  • skyline

Melbourne Skyline Icon

The issue with using a skyline as an icon is whether it depicts the city.  The image is fine in logo size as seen in our old logo (right) but a quick glance at a city skyline in icon view may mistake it for a bug on the screen.

I also found lots of skylines that were not Melbourne but a bunch of buildings depicting a city.  We have a number of quite recogniseable buildings.. front of Flinders Street Station, St Pauls Cathedral, Eureka Tower, Arts Centre Spire, Luna Park and Etihad Stadium.  Yes, there are other buildings, but graphically, are they recogniseable in block format?

It also raised another erk while I was searching.  I have no issue with a company selling images and clip-art.  What I do have an issue with is when they plaster “Royalty Free” suggesting the files are free to use when they are not.  

Example

  • gograph.com: Melbourne Clip Art – Royalty Free. Clip Art Vector – Melbourne, australia skyline. detailed vector silhouette. Stock EPS gg60581480

The site is very well laid out, optimised pages, good graphics, but misleading.  It may be ‘Royalty Free’ but it will set you back anywhere between $3.00 and $12.00 depending on the size you’re after.  Anyway, nice site but I digress.

I’ve got two things going through my mind right now.  1.  I like our current icon when it appears in PC view because it’s clear what it represents.  I’m thinking I need an icon for the mobile web site.  Because of it’s size, it needs to be something that jumps out at the reader.

Another urk, svg files that cannot be saved as an image.  It saves as an svg file that cannot be imported as a graphic.

Trams

I really like the old Melbourne Tramways logo.  It would be lost on young readers, most readers for that matter so I won’t be using it.

Interestingly, Wikipedia says this example comes all the way from San Francisco.

The logo or emblem (right) of the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board, as taken from the side of a W-class tram currently located near San Francisco.

Good isn’t it, but quirky.

After much deliberation, I settled on a tram for a number of reasons.

It’s the most iconic of Melbourne’s landmarks.

I consider Luna Park is St Kilda not Melbourne.

Flinders Street Station frontage is good but too obscure when reduced in size.

St Paul’s church, hmmm could be any church, anywhere.

The same applies to many landmarks, they lose value the moment they are reduced in size.

I finally settled and my  icon for MOBILE devices is: 

Melbourne Icon Gallery

 

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