What I Love About Vector Images

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Russell Steadman
Russell Steadman
2/26/2022 · 1 minute read

I have been using vector graphics quite a lot recently. Their elegant minimalism, scalability, and abundance make them perfect for so many situations.

How I've been using them

Recently I have been making a lot of signage at work. Some of this signage is to express what PPE (personal protective equipment) is needed to enter a certain area. My biggest concerns when making signage like this are: is it concise and is it universally understandable — this makes vector graphics a perfect medium. The minimalism of vector graphics cuts straight to the point while remaining professional. I have recently been working with Material Design Icons, which includes extensive community-generated icons that capture a variety of use cases. I was able to find PPE icons that matched everything I needed, or could be compounded.

Compounding vector icons

Because of the way vector images are drawn and displayed, it is relatively easy to combine two vector images. For my safety signage, I was able to overlay an eye symbol with a checkmark onto a t-shirt symbol to convey high-visibility clothing.

Software I use

When making or modifying vector icons, I tend to use Adobe Illustrator because I have the most familiarity with it. I have also used Inkscape at work, which is open-source. For vector overlays onto PDFs or raster images, I use Bluebeam Revu — this is usually for architectural drawings.

Sourcing icons

I have found several great sources for free .svg icons: