App icons: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by stevearm, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. stevearm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2007
    I thought we could have a topic where people could discuss app icons. From the ones they love, to the ones they hate... or perhaps if a developer recently changed the icon and you prefered the first one etc...

    Do you prefer with gloss or without?

    I'll start us off:

    Tweetie - Fantastic app, but very dull icon. The app itself is quite simple looking though so perhaps it fits.

    Twitellator Pro - The opposite. Fantastic icon, overcomplicated app (IMO)

    Jaadu VNC - The very first icon was the best. The current one looks smaller without any thin border around it and very blurry (even the gloss is blurry!)

    Peggle - Amazing game, not sure about the icon though.

    Pocket God - Love the way the icon changes with each episode.

    Personally I prefer icons WITH gloss.
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  3. aerospace macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
    How many have deleted an app just because the icon sucked?

    I'm surprised apple doesn't let developers add several icons to an app that let's users could choose from.
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    This is a silly idea. Seriously? I've never really cared about the icon. I want a functional application worth my money.
  5. iGuardian macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2008
    Function > form (imo)
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    ^ I guess when you're 14 and you download mostly free apps then it's form > function.
  7. iGuardian macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2008
    haha yes, that's the wisdom you get when you're 16, like me :p
  8. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

    Unspoken Demise

    Apr 16, 2009
    Im 19 and still prefer a nice looking icon if its available to me.
    I like the moron test App, but the icon is a duck.
    Also, it says "updated" onmy icon.
    I know its updated, thats why I BOUGHT it.
    Its like an ad on my PAID app!

    Other than that, I think Devs are getting better at having nice icons.
  9. Gokunama macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2008
    It's not meaningless if a lot of us know what the icons we're talking about look like.

    Starting out with the icons I dislike:

    Pocket Informant - awesome app, icon is a clash of ugly colors with a clown's nose at the center. I've known a few people to pass up Pocket Informant due to the icon, fortunately a new icon is coming to us in a couple of weeks, and it 'll actually be a favorite.

    myVideos - boring black icon

    HT Recorder - also boring balck icon

    Myst - a pic of an open book, could've done better methinks

    Great icons now:

    Oxford Deluxe - beautifully done

    Deep Green - nice elegant wooden chess theme

    Wurdle - can't put into words, I just like it.

    Zenonia - unique blue flame dragon

    Galcon - cool looking red planet from space icon

    Todo - simple white checkmark on blue, looks great though.

    Nice icons are great, I'll buy an app with an ugly icon if it's functional for my needs.
  10. vettori macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    Italy, near Venice
    As a developer I received a lot of complaints about my app ABContacts icon :rolleyes:

    A few even told me they love the app but have deleted it because the icon makes the entire iPhone look ugly !
  11. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I don't get why someone would delete an otherwise functional app due to the icon, but ok. To each is own.
  12. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Agreed, deleting a functional app because of its icon is just, well, just what I'd expect of an iPhone user given 2 years worth of their posts.

    That said, any developer who doesn't think an icon will help/hurt sales is sadly mistaken. Especially given that many apps are impulse buys, a little eye candy helps move the merchandise.
  13. TopToffee macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2008
    I wouldn't go so far as to delete an app JUST because of its icon, but if it's a close run race deciding which of two similar apps to use, the icon might well sway it for me.

    case in point" until recently, MyFootball and iFooty were pretty much even in terms of the functionality I was looking for, but I *much* prefer the iFooty icon, so that's the one that stayed on my phone.
  14. MDMac macrumors 6502


    Dec 2, 2006
    McAllen, TX
    A few apps whose icons make me wanna puke:

    Formulus For Calculus
    Dinosmash Online
    Sonic (would it kill them to add a little gloss?)

    But overall I think devs have been producing some pretty decent looking icons.
  15. candyman macrumors regular


    Aug 1, 2007
    Phoenix, Arizona
    I too like a nice looking icon. As a Graphic Designer, design and style have a lot to do with what I will buy, both in icon and the app, game, etc. Even if the concept is great, but you can tell there was no effort to polish the look, I will pass it up. That's just my nature as a designer, I like a well thought out clean and polished package.

    I will say, I think 'imeem Mobile' had the best creative use of the square icon I have seen.


    Others on my phone that I think look nice are:

    3D logic

    They are al very clean and simple in design, look good on the iPhone black background.
  16. BergerFan macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2008
    Mos Eisley
    Agreed. Aesthetics can be just as important as functionality for a whole lot of people, when it comes to making a purchase.
    As good example is the Tweedeck app. The app has eye candy throughout, and has become the Twitter choice of many, even if it lacks a few features that more established Twitter apps have.
    I guess you could say that the aesthetic choice also applies to the iPhone itself.
  17. leandromp macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2008
    Beejive, Facebook, iTV, Bank Of America, Garden, Tap tap revenge 2, Flick Fishing, Pocket God, Tennis 09, Rolando, Monkey Ball, Topple, Easy Relax, Koi Pond, City Transit, Movies, LeafTBone

    Remote, American Idol, Cameraman, Need for Speed (idk why, but i don't like it).

    FML, Blogpress, Ocarina.

    this are just the one that stand out on my phone.

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