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 »
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 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 »
The massive advancements made in UI design in the last decade, whether on smartphones or computers, has manifested itself in the form of a number of different visual design trends. One such trend is that operating system GUIs are increasingly dynamic. Desktop windows are no longer static; they warp and whoosh across the screen in… Read more »
Ever since the first iPhone, location-based apps and services have been a central part of the smartphone user experience. From the ubiquitous Maps app to hybrid reality games like Geocaching and Ingress, location data continues to spur innovation and continues to have a real impact on augmenting our physical and virtual realities—just look at Tinder…. Read more »
As we followed our annual family routine just after midnight on New Year’s Eve, (and I don’t just mean just having far too much to drink!) of opening the back door to let out 2011 and then opening the front to welcome 2012, it struck me as a very poignant analogy to the life of any designer, Icon or otherwise. It is what we do; say goodbye to yesterdays designs and look forward and creatively get on with something new and exciting for the future.
I am very excited by the 2012, the new projects we will be starting and new people we will be meeting. I wish everyone out there a fantastic and prosperous 2012!