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9 single-color shape icons for a new dating service

Project M. needed a new button or icon design and created a contest on 99designs.

A winner was selected from 38 designs submitted by 15 freelance designers.

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One of the designers who made it happen

Winner - Wenwen
Wenwen was a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process of my contest. I've run many contests on 99Designs using various accounts over the years, and I can honestly say that Wenwen was in the 99th percentile in terms of communication, professionalism, and promptness. We went through several DOZEN revisions, even before the Final round, and Wenwen was always willing to try out the little suggestions and ideas that I had along the way. It was an easy choice to choose my final card and logo design, and I look forward to working with Wenwen again in the future on followup projects for my business. All files were delivered promptly in an organized and thorough manner, and they look fantastic. Highly, highly recommended.
- Bluff Games

How Project M. started their button or icon journey

Company name

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Overview

Code name "Project M" is a new spin on traditional dating sites. The site focuses heavily on actual dating and the creation of dates as opposed to long sessions of profile browsing and email correspondance typically found on most dating sites. Interface for the site is crisp, sleek, and easy to use. Icons should follow suit with simplicity and ease of recognition. "Project M" promotes dates through casual activities and sports an effective "app-like" interface.

Tell us a bit about who you are and the people you reach

20-45 year old San Francisco/city based professionals with active lifestyles.

Requirements

9 monochromatic (one color shapes) icons needed:

1-6 Need to be easily recognizable when rasterized at 24 x 24 pixels:

1. Guy/Male icon
2. Girl/Female icon
3. Single date activity, Edit: this should actually represent one person (the entrant)
4. Double date activity, Edit: this should actually represent two persons (the entrants)
5. Search/Join activities
6. Create/Schedule an activity

7-9 Need to be easily recognizable when rasterized at 48 x 48 pixels:

7. Food/Drink style date (a date which would take place at a bar, restaurant, coffee house etc... suggesting a combination of 3 images within icon to represent this type of date). For example, a coffee cup next to a wine/cocktail class next to a food item....

8. Art/Entertainment style date (a date which takes place at an event, i.e. concert, movie, sport event/game, comedy club, art show, museum, etc... suggesting a combination of 3 images within icon to represent this type of date).

9. Outdoor activity style date (a date which takes place outdoors, i.e. hike, dog park, sailing, golf, rock climbing, tennis, bike ride, etc... suggesting a combo of 3 images within icon to represent this type of date).

There is creative leeway on 7-9. The objective is to summarize these three categories of dates in a clean and easily recognizable way. The user already knows we are talking about a category of date when seeing these icons, so they don't necessarily need to represent the fact that it is a date (these icons shouldn't represent people).

Please review these icon examples to get an idea of the style of icon we are looking for:
- iPhone tab bar icons, http://developer.apple.com/iphone/l…-CH15-SW15
- http://picocool.com/design/iphone-t…-glyphish/
- icons on the left pane: http://www.squarespace.com/tour/
- http://99designs.com/static/images/…cons-1.png
- http://raphaeljs.com/icons/
- many more links to examples there: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/…-available

Note: on some icons, you may use alpha transparency, e.g. the "Featured" icon of the iPhone App Store native app. Please look at the iPhone tab bar icons guidelines, as these are very similar to our requirements: http://developer.apple.com/iphone/l…6-CH14-SW8
Submitting the icons on both a white and a dark background is a good idea.

Note 2: the icons should not use hearts or such elements directly relating to a date, we are trying to keep the feeling of the site casual and refer to dates as "activities" in order to make the first step easier for shy users.

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