Hey Johnny, thanks for the feedback
Yes ! The icon is an SVG that I made. In the medium article I linked they provided a few types of software to use to create them. I normally use Vectr but for this icon I used the trial version of Affinity . A short review of each, Vectr is a very small program but can generate SVG’s it’s good for simple projects, the icon could likely have been created using it. Affinity appears to be much more robust, offering some incredible tools that mimic programs like Photoshop but with a focus on vector design. I did not get to play around with it much, but I would say either are easy enough to use.
I agree with the whitespace, I can utilize this space with more efficacy. Hopefully as I learn more I will be able to expand upon the design