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 »
With each new iteration of the iPhone and iOS adding new screen sizes and resolutions, Apple seem intent on making designers play catch-up. There are now around six different icon sizes for Apple’s plethora of iOS devices, and with this figure often changing, it’s important to keep up to date on the latest iOS icon… Read more »
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 »
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 »
Windows IconsWindows ICO Specification You can view all the Windows icon sizes within the file explorer Windows icons can be more complicated than you might think As with all the other software platforms that support icons files, Icons for Windows have there very own set of sizes and specifications. Icons for Windows use a Windows… Read more »
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 »
Microsoft does provide a lot of information to Windows Phone App developers about the Windows 8 and 8.1 User Interface, but they don’t tell you how big your icons should be or where exactly they should be placed within the tiles to match Microsoft’s own Application Tiles. This guide provides those answers so you can… Read more »
*UPDATE* 11/11/13 Check out our new Windows 8.1 Icon Tile size guide. Never being one to make life easy, Microsoft have released some fairly ambiguous information to Windows 8.1 App developers. From the information I have had access to, I have put together this brief guide to the Windows 8.1 App launcher & Tile Icon… Read more »
As Apple have decided to make some changes to their App Icon size and corner radii form iOS7, I thought it would be helpful to myself and others to create a PSD template to both produce all the different Icon Sizes now required, as well as show how these will look on both iOS6 and… Read more »
Find the correct Android App Icon Sizes, fast For the latest information see: Simple Android Icon Size Guide for Lollipop 5.1 (5.1) An icon is a graphic that takes up a small portion of screen real estate and provides a quick, intuitive representation of an action, a status, or an app. So, Icons should get… Read more »
In the modern competitive world, design is no longer limited to functionality. Nowadays, sleekness of presentation and user-friendliness are significant factors in how a product or service is perceived. In a world where designer labels are all the rage, much of design is about lifestyle, elegance and panache. This reality applies as much to the icons on your website or integrated into your product as to the suit you’re wearing or the stylish chair you’re sitting on.
If you decide to have a new icons package designed for your website or product, or go for an icon make-over for an existing brand, you may as well go for the best package – one that incorporates all the qualities that top products have to display to be a winner in a competitive market place. One useful way to approach an icon-design package is to think of your icons as elements in a presentation you are giving to a set of discerning consumers: all the elements of a great presentation have to be there.
Here are a few guidelines to ensure that your icons package comes out a winner on all fronts:
1. CLARITY: Your icons should be neat and clear cut. After all, icons are like little keys to big doorways within a virtual environment. An icon to open the application needs to be distinct from one that will close it or delete something.
2. FUNCTIONALITY: The icons should do what they are there to do, which is to act as effective aids to navigating a program or website. As a total package, your set of icons should be wide enough in range to cover all the functions of the application or program in which they appear, but not so numerous as to cause confusion.
3. INTEGRATED LOOK: A good design package will ensure that the individual pieces make sense and go together in appearance, as though belonging to the same family, when assembled into a package. This will lend a great overall feel to the application or package in which the icons appear.
4. AESTHETICALLY PLEASING: Unless you are being deliberately provocative or counter-intuitive for some good reason, you will want your icons to be aesthetically appropriate to the context in which they will appear. Icons on the iphone, for example, have to be as “sleek” as the iphone or they will look badly out of place.
5. USER-FRIENDLY: Well designed icons will be user-friendly, so that regular users of an application can make almost instinctive use of them. Users will not have to refer to a big fat manual to be able to get started with a program or product.
Whether you are creating a new product or website that requires icons, or enhancing an already existing brand, commissioning an icons design package can be of great help in accomplishing the result you want. You can start this process by putting yourself in the shoes of the end user, giving attention to a few guidelines and then approaching a design company to come up with the goods. That way, your icons package is sure to come out a winner.