Portfolio: Icons


Pictograms for the leader of web context advertisingWeb portal | Finances | Advertising

One day we have been approached by Begun (pronounced beh-‘goon), the leader of the Russian context web advertising market for a set of icons for all types of goods and services that appear in their ads. Context ads with pictures attract more attention leading to a higher CTR (level of conversion).

Begun features a certain type of ad modules containing thematic icons. Our wonder parser looks through a site being advertised and identifies the theme; the icon to be displayed is picked based on this theme. The indexed text may sometimes slightly deviate from the ad’s theme, therefore we need icons that would not clearly depict the theme but merely trace it out. The allegory should be correct though, so that a subject on repairs would not display a car icon but, at the same time, the icon should not be perceived as repairs only. Would you conceptualize such contradiction? Alexey Shmelev, Begun

Despite our tradition we started off with icon styling rather than sketching. We spent quite a lot of time thinking about the most appropriate style for icons to be used in context ads. You need icons to attract attention to an ad module but not to distract from the ad itself. You should avoid a lot of details here. So we resorted to good old pictograms for being universal and easy-to-read. Plus, being vector graphics they are easily scalable.


So we chose flat pictograms with corporate green gradient for filling. Old Begun’s icons were confined in rectangular shapes and we suggested losing any kind of confinement. On a plus side, here a pictogram becomes a part of a page’s design and an ad is not alienated; an icon can be slightly larger without wasting space for margins. Here is how the new ads would look like:


We have considered also the fact that ads may vary in terms of design and should adapt to the design of websites of placement. Our pictograms look great with any color scheme and module orientation.


Later we started sketching and drew a whole multitude of sketches. Here is just a small part of it:


Then we sat down and it took us several weeks to draw over a hundred pictograms.


About Begun

Begun is the founder and one of the leading companies in the Russian web context ad market since 2002. Thousands of media partners including the most popular Runet sites such as Rambler, Mail.Ru, Afisha send hundreds of thousands visitors to Begun’s clients’ websites. The network covers all the active audience of the Russian Internet represented by over 20 million people a month.

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