I don't hate the icons, but I thought I'd have a go?

lewismayell

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So, this is my first time using Photoshop for about 2 years and I'm trying to make a few icons, I don't think I'm better than Jony or anything I'm just trying to make things, any feedback for me? Constructive criticism?

Obviously this is only a work in progress, I've probably been working on these for about 3 hours now and I just wanna know what you think at this point.

Thanks for having a look.


(Wallpaper behind my icons isn't something I made) (I also think the icons have been slightly rounded so mine are a bit different)

1st pic - Original
2nd pic - Original with my icons
3rd pic - My icons with non of the original stuff
 

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ajvizzgamer101

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So, this is my first time using Photoshop for about 2 years and I'm trying to make a few icons, I don't think I'm better than Jony or anything I'm just trying to make things, any feedback for me? Constructive criticism?

Obviously this is only a work in progress, I've probably been working on these for about 3 hours now and I just wanna know what you think at this point.

Thanks for having a look.


(Wallpaper behind my icons isn't something I made) (I also think the icons have been slightly rounded so mine are a bit different)

1st pic - Original
2nd pic - Original with my icons
3rd pic - My icons with non of the original stuff
LMAO besides the Safari app, you "fixed" the apps that were the best looking. Put the ones you did back to normal and try the Settings, Reminders, Newsstand and Safari. Also, don't use such a harsh shadow.
 

ajvizzgamer101

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Yes, they show scores and stuff but they still carry no actual connection to a game, it may be social, but the old app had chess pieces and green felt etc.
Not sure if you know this or not.. Some of the app icons are representative of the apps home screen. So when you press the app icon it looks like it's zooming in on to the page.
 
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fivedots

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That's fine, but why not? What can I improve?
Overall - shadows are too heavy.

Messages - overlapping bubbles don't look like anything without some sort of differentiation between the two.

Notes - preferred the thinner lines and light touch of the original.

Game Center - agreed it looks like too much of a game.

iTunes - prefer the original, intersection of circle and notes looks sloppy.

App Store - not representative of its contents, single pencil generally identifies "Edit" in most glyph contexts.
 

darngooddesign

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Except the Game Centre home screen where the bubbles are in a different size and colour order than on the icon
So you'd be fine if that detail was corrected. The current icon has more to do with the app than a specific representation of a type of game.

Then again, what does a big F have to do with the most popular social media app?
 

lewismayell

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You were just making a point the bubbles did not work for the Game Center app icon. Which implies you had an issues and you had the urge to fix it. Does it not? :)
Yes and no, I don't like the bubble texture, the actually colour and circles is fine, the chess piece was just a quick way of making change, I couldn't use my awful Photoshop ability to make any decent looking similar icon with the texture I wanted

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Overall - shadows are too heavy.

Messages - overlapping bubbles don't look like anything without some sort of differentiation between the two.

Notes - preferred the thinner lines and light touch of the original.

Game Center - agreed it looks like too much of a game.

iTunes - prefer the original, intersection of circle and notes looks sloppy.

App Store - not representative of its contents, single pencil generally identifies "Edit" in most glyph contexts.
Ok, thankyou
 

darngooddesign

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Look, you make a post where you are fixing issues you see, and by offering alternate icons you are trying to fix them, you are asking for criticism. I think its obvious that MR people are very opinionated about the iOS interface so don't take any of this personally.

Imagine how Ive feels.
 

lewismayell

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The name is Facebook and the "f" is the logo that represents/stands for the name. Not sure if you were being serious there or not.
Even if he wasn't serious, an F doesn't represent any type of social media

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Look, you make a post where you are fixing issues you see, and by offering alternate icons you are trying to fix them, you are asking for criticism. I think its obvious that MR people are very opinionated about the iOS interface so don't take any of this personally.

Imagine how Ive feels.
Only one person actually gave constrictive criticism, I have no issue with pointing out problems, all I'm trying to do is familiarise myself with Photoshop
 

darngooddesign

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Even if he wasn't serious, an F doesn't represent any type of social media
I was having a little fun, but the point is that an icon doesn't have to be a exact representation of a game icon for people to know what it does. If you had never used either before the Facebook icon could easily be the Flipboard icon; at least the flipboard icon carries the metaphor of flippable panels over better than the facebook icons does social media.