Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 81 million members in over 190 countries and we binge on more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day. So, unless you’ve been living under a very large rock, the chances are you’ll have noticed the Netflix rebrand that launched in… Read more »
What size are Android App Icons? It is a simple question but even Android, who provide better icon documentation than most, seem to want to make you work a little for the answer. Fear not, I have compiled a simple Android icon size guide for you! There are two types of Android icons, those that… Read more »
As we’ve explored multiple times in the past, icons are an increasingly universal – and extremely effective – feature of many mobile games. They’re an incredibly quick way of getting a message across (“we process visual information 60,000 times faster than text”, so the saying goes), and ultimately help keep the user experience seamless and… Read more »
Ever since the birth of the Google Maps app, map interface designers have relied heavily on icons to help their users navigate both the app and the world around them. Its popularity was huge, and it has laid the groundwork for many navigation-based apps (including Pokemon Go and Ingress) since. However, this has been a… Read more »
Designing great app icons isn’t a solo endeavour on the part of a designer. Icons require careful feedback and consultation between clients and designers at each stage of development in order to ensure the final product is as good as it can be. Let’s start by talking about the idea of a ‘final’ product. Obviously,… Read more »
Now that the dust has finally settled around Instagram’s controversial new app icon, it’s time to take a relatively level-headed look at the changes the company made to both their app icon and interface. Many users were shocked and outraged at the new icon. Instagram themselves describe it as: “inspired by the previous app icon,… Read more »
We’ve explored the use of icons in mobile games before from a design perspective. Game UIs are an extremely important aspect of game functionality, and need to maximise options and information for users without distracting from the content of the actual game. With new games constantly hitting the market, there’s more and more solutions to… Read more »
It’s often easy to generalise about aesthetics. We’ve spoken about app icon trends in the past in terms of there being three-dimensional, flat, and almost-flat icons, but this doesn’t really tell the whole story. There are many, many other ways to play with perspective and dimension using a simple design—like an app icon—and obtain some… Read more »
In our last post in this series, we introduced three iterations of Android and their app icons: the vanilla OS, Samsung’s S-series, and LG. Weirdly, Google’s stock Android icons have stood out the most so far, probably thanks to the company’s coherent and unified design philosophy—something that others are lacking. LG’s app icons, however, are… Read more »
Google’s Android OS is famed for its near-limitless customisation options, open-source framework, and general versatility. Through third-party launchers like Nova, users are given a huge variety of options when it comes to the look and feel of their smartphone—especially launcher app icons. With thousands of innovative icon designers out there, you’d be forgiven for thinking… Read more »
With the launch of the new iOS7 version of their Dictionary App, Catlin software once again turned to Creative Freedom for a new set of App Launcher icons. Our design team produced a number of concepts that could work across both the new simplified iOS7 flat icon style and the more 3D style adopted by Android App launcher icons.
The final design blends in well with both mobile platforms but still remains recognisable and unique.
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