The PLAY button is not optical alignment(medium.com)

over 6 years ago from yuki gu, designer @wiredcraft

  • Evan DinsmoreEvan Dinsmore, over 6 years ago

    Alignment is rarely ever about math, it's what looks correct. Neither is perfect, but optically I prefer the top row better. The Twitter bird, for example (and particularly when placed in a circle) has a gap between the wings that makes it appear to have much more whitespace above in the bottom row. Horizontally, however, the bottom row's Twitter icon is better aligned. The ideal Dropbox icon would be halfway between the two. And the top row for both Facebook and Github look better to me.

    Keep in mind, the optical center is usually higher than the true vertical center depending on the context. It's taken into account in architecture, typography, and should be taken into account when aligning icons as well.

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