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iPhone: App icon guideline

11-29-2008, 11:08 PM
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App icon guideline

Just out of curiosity, is there a guideline when making an app's icon? Why some icons have the curved gloss and some don't? Does it have to stay in the rounded box shape? If so, why Paradox icon breaks the rule?
11-29-2008, 11:16 PM
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It just has the image with a black background and no glossyness. Same with the AP Mobile News app

11-29-2008, 11:27 PM
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Originally Posted by rootbeersoup View Post
It just has the image with a black background and no glossyness. Same with the AP Mobile News app
Ok, so is that allowed? I mean, the illusion of not having a rounded box around.
11-29-2008, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by donkei View Post
Ok, so is that allowed? I mean, the illusion of not having a rounded box around.
Obviously. There's no guideline except that it can't be square and ugly looking
11-29-2008, 11:36 PM
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Billy Frontier also had a black background: one of the reasons I deleted it from my iPod, it just didn't look good, well, that and being crappy...
11-29-2008, 11:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Everydaynormalguy View Post
Billy Frontier also had a black background: one of the reasons I deleted it from my iPod, it just didn't look good, well, that and being crappy...
Really crappy...

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11-29-2008, 11:55 PM
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Really crappy...
Thanks for that "Latest Star Wars movie that sucked big-time and it's also a show on a children's channel". You should be my side-kick...
11-29-2008, 11:56 PM
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There aren't really any guidelines. It should look nice though, and you have to have a 512x512 copy along with a smaller 57x57 one.
11-30-2008, 12:05 AM
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Originally Posted by BarringtonSoftware View Post
There aren't really any guidelines. It should look nice though, and you have to have a 512x512 copy along with a smaller 57x57 one.
What about the ads on the app store main page? Do devs make these as well?
11-30-2008, 12:12 AM
#10
The shine on the icons is automatically put on by default. You can turn it off if you want, but most people leave it on.

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Originally Posted by rootbeersoup View Post
What about the ads on the app store main page? Do devs make these as well?
Yes, but apple may move some things around like the title to make it fit in the different sized banners.

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