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Windows ICO explained

Windows Ico Explained

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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 »

Custom Icons

Custom Icons – 10 Bespoke Icon style examples

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Although a good proportion of the icon design projects we work on follow an established icon style, such as those found in mobile Apps like iOS and Android or desktop software icons like Microsoft Office and Windows 7, the greatest demand is generally for custom icons in a unique style. Despite the shift in popularity… Read more »

Windows Phone 8.1 Icon Sizes

Windows 8.1 Tile Icon Size Guide

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*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 »

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 »

Desktop Icon

25 Delectable Desktop Icon Designs

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A look back at some of our historical Desktop Icon projects Before the advent of mobile devices a desktop icon was either a Windows application icon or a Mac application icon, both being used as graphical short-cuts to launch a software application or utility. Nowadays we have a plethora of mobile devices, tablets and other… Read more »

Almost Flat Icons

44 inspirational Almost Flat Icon Designs

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The evolution of the flat icon, to the ‘Almost Flat’ Icon Style OK, it’s time to nail my colours to the wall. Sorry, but I don’t like the flat icon style. I think they are boring and bland. When they first started appearing and even worse started becoming popular, I did get a little worried… Read more »

Free Icons

Free Icons!

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We have added another lovely set of free icons to our site. These gorgeous Windows Icons were designed by Maryna. Free Windows IconsI am really pleased with this set and hope to eventually produce a much larger set we can sell on the site. Despite the recent shift in trend towards flat icons, I hope… Read more »

Missing Thumbnails Windows 8

Windows 8 Thumbnails not Displayed on Network Drives

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This is a common problem on Windows for as far back as I remember. For some reason Windows decides not to generate thumbnails for some of the images on your network drive. This shouldn’t be confused with a much more common issue where NO thumbnails are displayed on any images. I am often creating image… Read more »

Application Icons

Application Icons

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When someone asks me for a ‘set of application icons to cover all platforms’ they are usually shocked by just how many different sizes and formats are required. In fact, this is something that seems to evolve and increase every few months. There is some overlap across legacy platforms but most newer mobile platforms choose… Read more »