Jon Hicks (designer)

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Jon Hicks
Jon Hicks
Born (1972-10-28) 28 October 1972 (age 46)
OccupationGraphic designer
Known forFirefox, Thunderbird, Miro and logos.

Jon Hicks (born 28 October 1972 in Leamington Spa) is an English designer who owns his own design studio, Hicksdesign. Hicks is best known for rendering the Firefox logo[1] into its final form, based on a concept from Daniel Burka and a sketch from Stephen Desroches. He has worked on numerous other design projects.

Early life[edit]

Hicks left school at 16 and studied a BTEC ND in Technical Illustration for two years followed by an HND in wildlife illustration for three years. He then worked as a designer at Coventry City Council before going freelance in 2002 setting up Hicksdesign.[2] Hicksdesign became a partnership in 2007 and a limited company in 2008.[3]

Internet work[edit]

Hicks is best known for his work on the Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird logos, has also worked on the Miro, and MailChimp logos and the Camino website Hicks also created a popular diagram of the CSS Box model[4] and a widely used trick to counter the "IE whitespace bug".[5]

In September 2008 he announced that he would work as Senior Designer for Opera Software, improving the Macintosh interface for the company's Opera browser.[6][7]

In February 2010 he wrote in a blog post that after working on a long term project he got the itch do something different. For that reason he stopped working full-time at Opera and does freelance work again.[8]

In June 2015 Opera Software announced that he will join Opera as Lead Designer for the Desktop team.[9]

In July 2016 he announced on his blog that he's finishing working for Opera from August 2016 and is "back in stock".[10]

Personal life[edit]

Hicks is married and lives in Oxfordshire.

Rissington Podcast[edit]

Together with John Oxton, Hicks hosted The Rissington Podcast from September 2007 to February 2009 from the ex-RAF military base where the Hicksdesign studios were based.[11] The podcast's topics are web design (particularly answering listeners' questions), technology and cheese.


  1. ^ Hicks, Jon (2 April 2004). "Branding Firefox". Hicks Design. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
  2. ^ Hicksdesign web site
  3. ^ Floating Frog interview with Jon Hicks Archived 27 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ 3D CSS Box Model at Hicksdesign
  5. ^ IE Whitespace Bug at Hicksdesign
  6. ^ Hicks, Jon (10 September 2008). "and now... Opera". Hicks Design. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
  7. ^ Hicks, Jon (11 November 2008). "Opera UI feedback". Opera Software. Retrieved 2009-05-14.
  8. ^ Hicks, Jon (17 February 2010). "Moving on".
  9. ^ "Jon Hicks, creator of famous emoticons, joins Opera". Opera Software. 4 June 2015.
  10. ^ Hicks, Jon (24 July 2016). "Back in Stock".
  11. ^ The Rissinton Podcast

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