Creative with Social icons

Sometimes a website has a design that is very balanced in it’s colors and graphics. Actually, that’s how every website should be. But with current social trends on the web there is an extra challenge for designers: ‘How to make these icons fit in the design’. And why should you bother? You want people to connect to your content, so whatever the design of the site, as long as the icons are there, the site is web 2.0 optimized, right? Wrong! You should always try to make the icons blend into the design like they’re a real part of it. Definitely not making it look like it’s clearly something that has been added to the site at a later stage, just because you have to.

Just the other day I was approached by one of my clients with this request. Luckily she contacted me and avoided making the mistaking of simply adding these icons herself. She wanted a link to her LinkedIN profile, her Twitter account and an RSS feed added. So that’s what I did! Have a look at the images below or look at the website as a whole at detwist.nl.
Example of a feed icon integrated into a web designAn example of social icons integrated into a web design


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