App store pet peeve...devs, stop putting the app name on the icon.

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by mcdj, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. mcdj macrumors 604

    mcdj

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    If some of these developers put more effort into a nice icon and less into trying to squeeze the app name onto it, we might have some nicer icons. Do these guys realize we see the app name below the icon? And yes, I know some people turn the labels off, but the devs are not doing this to please that small minority.

    If you must include the app name on the icon, at least make it stylized initals.
     
  2. Buschmaster macrumors 65816

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    Tap Tap Revenge is the only app I have that has the icon with the name and I think the icon is just fine.

    Any apps you can point us to with particularly bad icons?
     
  3. mcdj thread starter macrumors 604

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    Urban Spoon, GeoPedia, Movies.app. Urban Spoon isn't a terrible icon, but it could be much nicer if the spoon was more graphic and bigger.
     
  4. stiphone macrumors regular

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    i dun see anything wrong with the logos. I'm fine with them so far.
     
  5. marksman macrumors 603

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    I could care less what the icon looks like for an application as it has zero bearing on how the application or the phone function in any way shape or form.
     
  6. Evev12 macrumors regular

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    I wouldn't say pet peeve, I'd call it more of an unhealthy over-analytical obsession....maybe OCD???? I do freelance graphic design and the icons look completely fine to me - even if I did decide to REALLY nit-pick every aspect of them I might change a thing or 2 here or there, not everything is going to be made to fit YOUR tastes...not even the great iphone itself perfectly fullfills all my wants. If you really want an icon that meets your every need, develop an app and post it in the store!
     
  7. stevearm macrumors 6502a

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    Agree. What's the point of putting the name on the icon when it just appears below anyway.
     
  8. spyker3292 macrumors 65816

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    I just hate the ones that look like they were (and probably are) made in MS Paint.

    :p
     
  9. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Personally, what I hate are icons that don't tell me what the app does. Especially when I'm scanning the app store looking for apps that might interest me, the ones with icons that immediately lets me know what the app does have a much greater chance of grabbing my attention.
     
  10. mcdj thread starter macrumors 604

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    Umm. I'm a retoucher and graphic designer. They kinda sorta pay me to be over analytical? You know, at the pixel level? If my clients heard me say every icon on the App Store looked "completely fine to me", the phone would stop ringing. I guess it depends on whether your clients are Fortune 500 companies or the local pizzeria.

    Actually, yeah, you're right, all the icons are all fine. I'll just stop having higher expectations from now on. No need to push the envelope whatseover.

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