20 Years: Final Fantasy VII Icon Set

by Trevor Albrethsen

For this project, we were required to create an icon set using Adobe Illustrator. My icon set is based off of characters from the Final Fantasy series—Final Fantasy VII for the original PlayStation. If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll recognize that I did my best to create an icon set featuring Barrett Wallace, Aeris Gainsborough, Cloud Strife, and Tifa Lockhart.

My target audience for this icon set are men and women between the ages of 20 and 34 who played Final Fantasy VII. The message is simple. As mentioned previously, this year marks the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII. I thought it would be cool to make icons as a way of paying tribute to Final Fantasy VII. My message is a message of celebration.

Above are my icons in a 60 x 60 pixel format. I’m not entirely sure why the third icon is slightly bigger than the other three in this post, so I apologize in advance for the distraction it may cause.

These images are much bigger so you can see them in greater detail. They are measured at 400 x 400 pixels. One thing I noticed while adjusting the pixel count for these icons is that they don’t do a good job of formatting to the new pixel count. I had to decrease the stroke count for some of the borders so it wasn’t overpowering everything else about the icon.

For the design of these icons, I chose to place the characters heads inside a rounded box. I thought it looked pleasing to the eye and looks better than placing them in a standard square box. I chose the colors purple, greenish blue (I seem to use these color a lot in my other designs), light blue, and crimson red because these are the colors of the face buttons on a PlayStation controller. I also added repetition of these colors by having their eye color match the box they were in.

While challenging, this was a fun little project. I never thought I would ever create a set of icons. It was great to be able to gain some experience in this aspect of design.