Have you come across similar conversations in the context of large software projects?
Developer: I need an icon for a button.
Boss: You have MS-Paint on your computer. Why don't you draw it yourself?
Developer: No… I am not a graphic designer… Why don't we purchase the icons?
Boss: Hmm…We have got an intern, haven't we? He can do it!
Developer: But he is no graphic designer either… And there are great low-cost icon libraries available to download.
Boss: I wouldn't know how to book that… The intern will do it!
Sometimes I wonder what makes large companies tick... They spend millions on software and skimp on a few hundred dollars for nice graphics. Unfortunately, the completed applications often look as if an intern has designed the icons.
A leading supplier of icons offers his entire catalogue (approx. 250 sets with around 850,000 icons) for 399 USD. Commissions for individual icons in addition to an existing set cost approx. 50-75 USD per icon. In return you will get designs which are visually pleasing to the end user who interacts with the finished piece of software.
Anyone who allows his developers or interns to design icons, must be crazy.