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An experiment in icon design

09-08-2009, 12:11 PM
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An experiment in icon design

I have created a new icon for Str8ts.

Hopefully this discussion might help others while creating their icon.

Here are the two icons.

Feedback would be appreciated.
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09-08-2009, 12:37 PM
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You really need to look at them like they would appear on the app store (53x53 - 75x75, I think)... which is an issue with small text and detail.

09-08-2009, 01:48 PM
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I like the one with the big 8, the other one just seems to cluttered.
09-08-2009, 01:52 PM
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The second one by far. When watching it on the phone the text will barely be legible. Personally I think even the second design could use some work. It feels like you might be trying too hard to reveal the whole functionality of the app. Perhaps you could simplyfy/abstract the "crossword" element and strengthen the visual flair made possible with the number 8. The one question you really have to ask yourself is: would YOU click that icon on the app store?
09-08-2009, 04:24 PM
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Another approach would be to rotate the crossword grid 45' and use the grid to form the '8' .. possibly with a version of the large 8 sweeping through, sketched over. Just ideas..

For the phone and AppStore on the device it'll use a 57x57 icon, with iTunes relying on a 512x512 image and scaling it to suit.
09-08-2009, 05:11 PM
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Thanks for the advice.

I am on the same page with you guys regarding your suggestions.

It would be really great if more devs would share their before and after icons.

The progression is what will really show off the learning curve (improvement).

This discussion could really help everyone here.

PS: Still trying to clear the fog off my icons.

09-08-2009, 05:23 PM
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the first one looks a bit... cheap, i really like the 2nd one

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09-08-2009, 05:29 PM
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I'd take the first logo, remove the "lite" and add a red "lite" lower left corner to match the arrow (kinda like a mix between the two.)

I really don't like the 2nd icon for some reason. Makes me think I'm playing Crazy 8's or some number game...

Originally Posted by NickFalk View Post

Worst idea ever!
09-08-2009, 05:39 PM
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Not a dev, but on a consumers standpoint the second looks a lot cleaner. There is no need to have the name when it is already on the bottom of your app

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09-08-2009, 11:25 PM
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Like others have said, the second one (with the big 8) looks much better when viewed in its small size. Having mentioned that, even the second one still looks a bit cluttered. Maybe try simplify the background a bit more (as those number details can't be seen anyway at such a small size) and then have the more detailed style for your 512x512 icon to display on iTunes?

Originally Posted by Syndicated Puzzles View Post
PS: Still trying to clear the fog off my icons.
Not quite sure what you mean by fog, but do you mean the shiny effect that gets automatically applied to your icon when you build the app onto your iphone/itouch? That's a setting named UIPrerenderedIcon that you need to set to "true" in your info.plist file