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 »
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 »
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 »
*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 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 »
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 »
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 »
We have added another lovely set of free icons to our site. These gorgeous Windows Icons were designed by Maryna. Free Windows Icons I 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… Read more »
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 »
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 »
A fairly new addition to the pantheon of web design, designing sites for a mobile device doesn’t veer too far away from those essential principles of all web design. You’re going to want your site to look professional, gone are the days when you could get away with having a simplistic layout, you also want it to be user friendly, and stand out from the crowd. Today, with the ubiquity of smartphones, there’s no excuse for a shoddy design.
It’s a necessity that brands, and individuals alike, realise the importance of mobile web design. We’ve covered the pitfalls of mobile web design in a previous post. With layouts being the first thing designers usually get wrong – the main problem being that they often cling to outdated ideas, as I wrote in a previous post, “Despite all of the last decade’s advances in web technology, many web designers still sadly cling to outdated ideas and models of what web design should be. The web is still plagued by mobile-unfriendly layouts, which poses a major issue when it comes to mobile web design.”
Let’s look at two aspects in a little more detail. Google have come up with 25 essential components to good mobile design. Beginning with calls to action, front and centre, they say: “It can be easy for mobile users to miss menu items, so always put your key calls-to-action where you know users will see them. Study participants had the easiest time completing tasks on sites that clearly displayed primary calls-to-action in the main body of the site, with secondary tasks available through menus or below the fold. Your mobile calls-to-action will probably be different than on desktop, so put yourself in your user’s’ shoes when determining placement.”
Optimisation is another crucial principle, by optimising every page, you’ll be making the job a lot easier. Nick Babich writes a few tips on practical optimisation:
Use only vertical scrolling. There shouldn’t be pages where horizontal scrolling is necessary to see a primary content — make sure all your pages use relative width and position values for CSS elements, and images can scale as well. Put your content first and get rid of every element that could distract users from the content.
Limit the number of columns — ideally you should have a single column site layout.
Don’t mix desktop and mobile-optimised pages — sites that have such mix are actually harder for users to use than all-desktop sites.
With everything web based, people want things to be fast and efficient. This can be done by, “Ensuring that pages aren’t bogged down with long load times, too many graphics, or content that requires a user to zoom in and out to read”, Kim Speier writes in Hubspot, when explaining her 9 principles of mobile web design.
Creative Freedom have worked with a number of very satisfied clients, helping them with some stunning projects. If you would like to get a site that attracts customers, then please get in touch.
Need ingenious iPhone icons?
You only have a moment to create that amazing first impression