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Android Icons Battle Royal

Android Battle Royale (part 1): Which version of Android has the best app icons?

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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 »

How to develop a timeless app icon

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With exponential developments in smartphone OS and GUI technologies, it may often seem like new visual designs are becoming obsolete faster than they’re being created. A couple of years ago, flat icons were all the rage—and are now being superseded once more by 3D and ‘almost flat’ Material Design-style icons. Keeping up with the trends… Read more »

Android 5.1 size guide

Simple Android Icon Size Guide for Lollipop 5.1

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What icon sizes do I need for Android 5? Android 5.1 Lollipop continues with the same sensible icon size methodology as Android 4.1 As technology has evolved, phone & tablet manufacturers have created screens with ever increasing resolutions and pixel density. An increase in pixel density or dots per inch (dpi), means more image information… Read more »

Material design and the launcher environment – What Lollipop means for your future Android designs (part 2)

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In our last post, we discussed Google’s new ‘Material design’ philosophy for both Lollipop and future generations of Android. Material design establishes rules and theories for how visual environments in Android should be composed. Each visual element is treated as ‘material’ and thus must be designed with specific properties, dimensionality, and spatiality in mind. In… Read more »

Free icon maker review

Android Icon Sizes Made Simple (4.1)

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What are Android Icon Sizes? It is a simple question but even Android, who provide better documentation than most, seems to make you want to work a little for the answer. Fear not, I have done the work for you! Android Icon Sizes – App Launcher What sizes do I need for Android App launcher… Read more »

Android App Icons

36 Awesome Android App Icon Designs

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So here it is… I am very slowly falling in love with Android. This romance is still in its early stages. I am still metaphorically stealing glances from afar, working my way up to my ‘big move’. You see, I have been having a lukewarm affair with iOS for some years now. Never an Apple… Read more »

Icon Design Glossary

Icon Design Glossary of Terms

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Icon design is ever evolving. As new platforms embrace the use of icons, new terms and references are dreamt up and older terms fall out of favour. This glossary is an ongoing project to document the icon design lexicon. Contributions are very welcome. 16×16 Pixel Icons This icon size has its own entry here because… Read more »