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Difference between Icon and Logo


A small picture that repres

ents an object or program. Icons are very useful in applications that use windows, because with the click of a mouse button you can shrink an entire window into a small icon

Icon- An image; a representation, A picture on a screen that represents a specific file, directory, window, option, or program, An important and enduring symbol


A logo is a graphical element in the form of ideogram, symbol, emblem, and icon, sign that is collectively form a trademark or commercial brand

A name, symbol, or trademark designed for easy and definite recognition, especially one borne on a single printing plate or piece of type. a special design that identifies a company or an organization and appears on all its products, printed material, etc.



Technical Differences between Icon and Logo

  • The real difference between an icon and a logo comes in the technical aspects of the overall makeup. The tools and processes used to create both differ greatly.
  • If there is ever any doubt about which you are looking at, you should be able to look at a few things to clear the confusion:
  • While logos are completely scalable, icons are not. The first is made to be able to adapt to different dimensions. You should be able to take the same first design and change the size, save it and move on to the next size.
  • An icon is made in either a 16×16 pixel or 256×256 pixel design. Neither of those will keep their resolution if you resize them. Instead, you would have to actually remake different versions in different dimensions to keep them crisp and defined.
  • An icon is made in a perfect square and much remains in those limits, while a logo has no shape boundaries.
  • Icons are meant to fit into their little box, and they cannot go outside of those boundaries. That is because they are made with technical restrictions and rules in mind. Logos don’t really have rules. If you can make it, you can use it.

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