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TC03
Jun 24, 2013, 01:37 PM
iOS 7 icon are not unanimously regarged as gorgeous, but I'd like to dedicate this thread to pre-iOS 7 ugliness.

My first contribution would be the Pages icon.

http://techverb.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/pagesicon.jpg

It's ugly in every way. First of all, the icon doesn't make any sense. It shows ink and a pen. Very familiar... to monks living the 1500s. People have used computers for their documents since 1980. I get skeuomorphism, but this is way worse than stitched leather. This is just plain stupid.

First of all, the icon is ugly. It's all kinds of different blue every where, which makes it crowded and unpleasing to the eyes. The main function of an icon, instant recognizability, is not fulfilled.

Furthermore, the number of glossy/gradient effects is too damn high. Let's count. We have the gradient background (1), the glossy background (2), the beveled edges (3), the ink (4), the ink glass (4), the pen (5) and the drop shadow underneath the glass (6). This has gone too far.

To be honoust, I do like iOS 6 and its icons a lot, but this is just bad.

Feel free to contribute to this thread, but please do so with an example and a short explanation of why you think it deserves to be mentioned.

Hexiii
Jun 24, 2013, 01:50 PM
iOS 7 icon are not unanimously regarged as gorgeous, but I'd like to dedicate this thread to pre-iOS 7 ugliness.

My first contribution would be the Pages icon.

Image (http://techverb.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/pagesicon.jpg)

It's ugly in every way. First of all, the icon doesn't make any sense. It shows ink and a pen. Very familiar... to monks living the 1500s. People have used computers for their documents since 1980. I get skeuomorphism, but this is way worse than stitched leather. This is just plain stupid.

First of all, the icon is ugly. It's all kinds of different blue every where, which makes it crowded and unpleasing to the eyes. The main function of an icon, instant recognizability, is not fulfilled.

Furthermore, the number of glossy/gradient effects is too damn high. Let's count. We have the gradient background (1), the glossy background (2), the beveled edges (3), the ink (4), the ink glass (4), the pen (5) and the drop shadow underneath the glass (6). This has gone too far.

To be honoust, I do like iOS 6 and its icons a lot, but this is just bad.

Feel free to contribute to this thread, but please do so with an example and a short explanation of why you think it deserves to be mentioned.

I think this icon is great, not that much on an iPhone, since it has this background, but it's pretty on a mac.

fivedots
Jun 24, 2013, 01:52 PM
Biggest problem? App is called pages, icon does not show a single page.

G-Force
Jun 24, 2013, 01:57 PM
http://plastik.hu/media/images/voice_memos.png

This icon doesn't fit in at all with the rest of the default iOS icons. I like the old one much more.

darngooddesign
Jun 24, 2013, 01:58 PM
Some of the default apps have the icon glare, some don't.

lokey
Jun 24, 2013, 01:59 PM
All of the iWork apps, Pages, Keynote and Numbers have the worst iOS icons. Apple's problem is that it 'fixed' icons in iOS 7 that didn't need a full redesign. All they needed was a touch up.

sonicrobby
Jun 24, 2013, 02:00 PM
I find the pages icon gorgeous! Look at the shine, that detail. Its amazing! :eek:

Solomani
Jun 24, 2013, 02:02 PM
IMHO, the Pages icon is fine. It's easily recognizable and understandable.

It may be extreme skeumorphism, but it's not ugly whatsoever.

ritmomundo
Jun 24, 2013, 02:03 PM
Biggest problem? App is called pages, icon does not show a single page.

Ink, fountain pen, and pages of paper. It makes sense. All components needed to create a document.

The background colors of that Pages icon could be improved, but I think it fits the function of the application.