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 »
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 about where things were headed.
Sorry, but I don’t like the flat icon style
Don’t get me wrong, there are some great artists out there who can make some very clever and beautiful shapes and designs in monochrome; it is just a style that doesn’t do it for me.
Fortunately, the ‘Metro‘ trend has evolved quite a bit over the last 12 months or so and ‘completely flat’ seems to have given ground to ‘almost flat’. And that, my friends, is in my book at least, jolly good news. Almost Flat Icons are still very clean and simple but often use gorgeous muted tones and tiny, subtle 3D embellishments and shadows to give them extra punch and lift.
I have to say I really love ‘Almost Flat’; it is a natural homogenising of the extremes of photo-realistic 3D and super stark Metro styles. It is like the pendulum of icon design swung first one way, then the other and now oscillates in every diminishing arcs over this new area icon designers seem keen to explore.
These are exciting times for Icon Designers
These are exciting times for icon designers and user interface designers alike, the trends have spread into operating systems, websites and other media. It is almost like a whole new palette of colours have been unearthed and a new slightly more feminine look is in.
Anyway enough ramble. Here are some of my favourite Almost Flat Icon Designs. Enjoy!
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You could easily argue some of these icon designs are bordeline 3D or borderline flat but I think that is OK. These are all interesting icon sets, flat by nature but in my opinion have a little something that lift them in to the realm I call ‘Almost Flat’.
Each of the artists above are visible on Dribbble.