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Borders or not?

11-16-2009, 08:25 PM
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Borders or not?

I have a dumb question. Do you like a border on an app icon?

Just a few icons:
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11-16-2009, 08:27 PM
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Depends on th eicon, like the old AG icon needed a border, the new one, not so much.

11-17-2009, 07:56 AM
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I have a dumb question. Do you like a border on an app icon?
No, in fact, I think it takes away from the "appiness" of an app. The only one I've seen where it compliments the design, rather than hedges it in and distracts the elegant lines is Zentomino's gorgeous icon (as well as TanZen).

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11-17-2009, 09:41 AM
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generally it's a bad idea but real racing and I dig it seem to have pulled it off quite well.
11-17-2009, 11:53 AM
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No, in fact, I think it takes away from the "appiness" of an app. The only one I've seen where it compliments the design, rather than hedges it in and distracts the elegant lines is Zentomino's gorgeous icon (as well as TanZen).
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11-17-2009, 04:28 PM
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I prefer the icons to have borders and the "shiny" effect with the shading. It makes them look kind of like buttons. Otherwise, they look too "flat."
11-17-2009, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Gryphon23 View Post
I have a dumb question. Do you like a border on an app icon?

Just a few icons:
it all depends on the icon. If you have strong artwork a 1 or 2 px stroke of similar colors wouldn't hurt.

The geodefense ( I think ) icon for example is way too simplistic and looks like the game has low production value.

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11-17-2009, 04:53 PM
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I really don't like icons where they just leave the outside black so it is oddly shaped on the display - with that in mind I do like borders as it discourages that practice.

A bigger no-no IMO is having the app name in the icon ... as well as a couple of millimetres below ><!