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vettori
Jul 3, 2009, 09:49 AM
Hey I need some advice, do you like this icon ?
It's for a music player app. The little squares have a meaning in the app but it's a secret until the app is out :)

icon file
http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/icon.png

on the iPhone
http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/iicon.png



Schtumple
Jul 3, 2009, 09:52 AM
I really dislike the white border, aside from that, looks alright I guess, pretty simple, but I guess if the squares have meaning it'll work out :)

GoCubsGo
Jul 3, 2009, 09:55 AM
Well since it seems that people need some awesome icon or they'll uninstall an otherwise functional app, it's ugly to me. Perhaps it is the white border or the over use of the glossy effect.
And will Apple allow a music player in their store or does it do something like stream radio like Pandora?

vettori
Jul 3, 2009, 10:05 AM
Ok, no more gloss.

Small border
http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/iconb.png

No border
http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/iconc.png


@jessica.

I hope Apple will accept it, it's not competing with the built-in iPod.

Jeremy1026
Jul 3, 2009, 10:38 AM
Ok, no more gloss.

Small border
http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/iconb.png

No border
http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/iconc.png


@jessica.

I hope Apple will accept it, it's not competing with the built-in iPod.

Looks best with no border.

Badandy
Jul 3, 2009, 10:57 AM
I *might* reduce the shadow effect that the play button is casting onto the squares a little bit, but that's just me.

Definitely go with the border styles from your second set (either very small or non-existent).

vettori
Jul 3, 2009, 10:59 AM
I've done a couple more experiments...

All icons are shown here, what do you like most (none is a possible answer :) )


1. http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/iicon.png
2. http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/iconb.png
3. http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/iconc.png
4. http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/icond.png
5. http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/icone.png

Thank you !!

Manic Mouse
Jul 3, 2009, 11:02 AM
Personally I like 3 the best. Borders around apps actually really annoys me!

bretm
Jul 3, 2009, 11:06 AM
Lose the drop shadow. Possibly add a thin border on the triangle instead. Possibly bevel the triangle like perhaps the trism icon. Or a sharp bevel.

Definitely keep the reflection after you lose the shadow. The shadow doesn't make physical sense. Especially so large and dark. And especially with the gloss which pretends the light source is from above.

losx12
Jul 3, 2009, 11:06 AM
I like three too, you should definitely stick with the white play button.

bretm
Jul 3, 2009, 11:10 AM
Increase the size of the squares in the background to 6x6 or 4x4, then offset them some so it's not so symetrical. Small black outline on the triangle. Small white outline on the icon. No drop shadow. Gloss. Definitely gloss. The gloss creates a nice bevel on the triangle.

RodThePlod
Jul 3, 2009, 11:10 AM
Lose the drop shadow... The shadow doesn't make physical sense. Especially so large and dark. And especially with the gloss which pretends the light source is from above.

Yup - get rid of the shadow.

Also, I know the squares are integral to your app but they make the background look very busy.

Have you thought about reducing the number of squares? (i.e. zooming in a little, making the squares bigger).

RTP.

stevearm
Jul 3, 2009, 12:42 PM
Get rid of the shadow.

And the colours are very jarring and don't look good together.

Basically it's quite an ugly icon IMO

Schtumple
Jul 3, 2009, 01:28 PM
I've done a couple more experiments...

All icons are shown here, what do you like most (none is a possible answer :) )
Thank you !!

Between 2 or 3 for me, the shadow is definitely a bit over powering, might wanna loosen up a bit on the opacity rather than size

LAS.mac
Jul 3, 2009, 01:37 PM
I've done a couple more experiments...

All icons are shown here, what do you like most (none is a possible answer :) )


1. http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/iicon.png
2. http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/iconb.png
3. http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/iconc.png
4. http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/icond.png
5. http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/icone.png

Thank you !!

I'd vote for the number 4. Although I'd like to see a mix between number 2 and 4 (basically, a number 2 with gray triangle).

Buschmaster
Jul 3, 2009, 03:26 PM
Put up another vote for #3 for me as well.

OneMike
Jul 3, 2009, 04:54 PM
#4 for me

GoCubsGo
Jul 3, 2009, 05:06 PM
#3.

Diane2boys
Jul 3, 2009, 05:08 PM
,

vettori
Jul 3, 2009, 05:14 PM
Seems that #3 is the winner :)

I'll try to make a couple adjustments following the suggestion someone posted on icon #3 to see how it looks.

Thank you !!

chrbau
Jul 3, 2009, 05:16 PM
I like #3

NoSmokingBandit
Jul 3, 2009, 05:20 PM
Im not graphic designer, but I'd try changing the play button to plain black. Black seems to work better one a multi-colored background than white.

candyman
Jul 3, 2009, 07:44 PM
As I am not real sure about the specifics of your app, I'm not sure if any of these ideas might spark some interest for you. I just thought I'd share a few quick ideas I had.

I too think you may have too many boxes going on and as you only have 6 colors represented collectively, I tried to simplify things.

I hope I'm not stepping on anyones toes but thought since you asked for our thoughts I might chime in with a couple designs.

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj137/jscheiman/misc/sample-icons-1.jpg

thomasanderson
Jul 3, 2009, 08:04 PM
Personally I like 1. the best.

NoSmokingBandit
Jul 3, 2009, 09:38 PM
As I am not real sure about the specifics of your app, I'm not sure if any of these ideas might spark some interest for you. I just thought I'd share a few quick ideas I had.

I too think you may have too many boxes going on and as you only have 6 colors represented collectively, I tried to simplify things.

I hope I'm not stepping on anyones toes but thought since you asked for our thoughts I might chime in with a couple designs.

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj137/jscheiman/misc/sample-icons-1.jpg

I like the third one here, but would be better without the gloss seeing as the iphone does this itself. If i were the OP, i would use that one and give you credit for it.

rburly
Jul 3, 2009, 10:46 PM
http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj137/jscheiman/misc/sample-icons-1.jpg

With these, it's between 2 & 4 for me. Of the first set, #3.

I agree with the "no border" suggestion.

It looks like there's video with the pointer in the middle. Hmm...

candyman
Jul 3, 2009, 11:34 PM
I like the third one here, but would be better without the gloss seeing as the iphone does this itself. If i were the OP, i would use that one and give you credit for it.

I just added the gloss to show the finished product look. The final design would not include that as it would be added automatically once it is installed on the iPhone as you mentioned.

I wouldn't be looking for credit on these either, just wanted to see I could help out!

rburly
Jul 4, 2009, 12:14 AM
I just added the gloss to show the finished product look. The final design would not include that as it would be added automatically once it is installed on the iPhone as you mentioned.

I wouldn't be looking for credit on these either, just wanted to see I could help out!

I think yours look better. :D

Schtumple
Jul 4, 2009, 05:38 AM
As I am not real sure about the specifics of your app, I'm not sure if any of these ideas might spark some interest for you. I just thought I'd share a few quick ideas I had.

I too think you may have too many boxes going on and as you only have 6 colors represented collectively, I tried to simplify things.

I hope I'm not stepping on anyones toes but thought since you asked for our thoughts I might chime in with a couple designs.

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj137/jscheiman/misc/sample-icons-1.jpg

3 & 4 are easily the best, and most related in terms of design.

OP, steal quick, before he notices :p

stevearm
Jul 4, 2009, 11:51 AM
Horrible, ugly colours!!!!!

Seriously, do they have to be so loud and contrasting with each other?

vettori
Jul 4, 2009, 12:26 PM
^^^

Well,no I used different colors to represent "different" square objects but the color itself is not important. Any hint instead of use colors (or suggest a color set to use) ??

spaceboots06
Jul 4, 2009, 12:32 PM
I like 1 & 3!!!

ChiliBlue
Jul 4, 2009, 12:43 PM
I've done a couple more experiments...

All icons are shown here, what do you like most (none is a possible answer :) )


1. http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/iicon.png
2. http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/iconb.png
3. http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/iconc.png
4. http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/icond.png
5. http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/icone.png

Thank you !!

I like #3. I would ike it better if there was no shadow and the arrow a little smaller.

vettori
Jul 6, 2009, 10:58 AM
Thanks to user "candyman", I produced a new icon, do you like it ?

Without iPhone OS gloss :
http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/deficon2.png

With iPhone OS gloss :
http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/deficon1.png

err404
Jul 6, 2009, 11:26 AM
I prefer the original candyman's number 3. It has a more balanced look in terms of color and scale.

Galley
Jul 8, 2009, 07:46 PM
Original #2

Schtumple
Jul 8, 2009, 08:06 PM
Thanks to user "candyman", I produced a new icon, do you like it ?

I like them both, good work.

amanda1o1
Jul 8, 2009, 08:10 PM
ig go with number 5 with gloss ! and im talking about the orinal post with the 5 icons

FunkyMonkey
Jul 8, 2009, 11:12 PM
Thanks to user "candyman", I produced a new icon, do you like it ?

Without iPhone OS gloss :
http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/deficon2.png

With iPhone OS gloss :
http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/deficon1.png

These are the ugliest by far. I liked the original number 3 the best.

ChiliBlue
Jul 8, 2009, 11:29 PM
Thanks to user "candyman", I produced a new icon, do you like it ?

Without iPhone OS gloss :
http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/deficon2.png

With iPhone OS gloss :
http://www.redbits.com/iphone/tmp/deficon1.png

I think you took a step back. It looks like a piece of stained glass.