Recipe Category Icons
Recipe category icons have recently risen in popularity. As food blogs became more magazine-style in their layout, lengthy pages full of photographs can feel overwhelming.
Category icons help break up photos, elevate the blog’s design by increasing visual variety and interest, and incorporate the site’s branding. When used well, icons make it easier and faster for visitors to find what they’re looking for.
Icons must be clear and easy to understand with a consistent, cohesive style. Here are some great examples:
Icons for different categories can look alike or be confusing without having a label beneath them. For example, consider making different icons for vegan, vegetarian, salad, side dish, and possibly even low carb. Or comparing an instant pot, slow cooker, air fryer, and pressure cooker. Not so simple!
Icons can be really small and hard to quickly understand:
Icons can be difficult to see clearly see the details:
It takes a bit of effort to understand this icon:
(Did you figure it out?)
Icons can look like something else. For example, a one-pot meals icon looks like a magnifying glass/search icon:
Without a label, it’s hard to know what this icon is signifying. With a label, it still takes some thought:
Icons don’t always work well. There’s too much busyness going on and they’re not all consistent and cohesive in style — note the differences in the line weights (“boldness”):
Have you seen any examples of food blogs using fantastic category icons? Let me know!