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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 »

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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 A couple of years ago, flat icons were all the rage—and are now being superseded once more by 3D and ‘almost flat’ Material Design-style icons.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 »

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In motion: does the future of app icons lie in animation?

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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 »

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Should I include a map in my location-based app interface?

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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 »

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What makes a delicious food app icon?

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With fast food apps like JustEat, Dominos, and Hungry House changing the way we eat, food apps – and therefore their icons – are in greater demand than ever before. These sorts of apps need a concise, effective way of representing all the different food products available for order. Obviously, the usual rules of good… Read more »

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Beyond icons (part 2)

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In our last post in this series, we explored Peirce’s triadic sign theory. Peirce categorised signs and signals—including visual, physical, and linguistic signs—into three distinct types. Symbols, on the one hand, refer to a specific grammar or language that must be learned in order for the correct interpretation of a sign to take place—we gave… Read more »

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Apple’s iOS app design philosophy

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With the recent releases of iOS 9 and the new OS X, El Capitan, Apple have introduced a number of incremental updates to their operating systems—mostly oriented towards speed and optimisation. Visual changes are few and far between, but the operating system is as beautiful—and often, unnecessarily prescriptive—as before. With over 1.5 million apps on… Read more »

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Free icon maker software review – which is the best?

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How good are free icon maker tools? These programs let you select the format, size or even add some simple effects. How cool, is that? App icon generators are really helpful. They work like some kind of magic. Import an image, let the software scale it to the sizes you need & export the correct… Read more »