iOS 7 App icon Opinions

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by LouieSamman, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. LouieSamman, Jun 10, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2013

    LouieSamman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    The app icon looks to cartoony and colorful, A sense of a simple flat design in the apps icon is very noticeable but it just looks bad on some of the icon. Especially safari with the white background and image in center. It looks too colorful and with the cheap icon drawings, it leaves a sense of a cheap app.

    Messages: perfect
    Calendar: perfect
    Photos: Don't like the multi color palette but I can get used to that.
    Camera: seems meh
    Weather: Too cartoony
    Clock: Meh
    Map: Meh
    Videos: whats with the green and blue? again too colorful. WHY blue and green for a videos app? Looks tropical or something.
    Notes: ugly colors and icon design
    Reminders: same with this as well, looks way to simple.
    Stocks: I like the black
    Game Center: Colorful Bubbles really?
    Newstand: Looks stupid with the white background. looks cheap
    iTunes Store: Now this is more like it and what I expected in flat design.
    App Store: Same with this. Perfect.
    Passbook: Meh
    Compass: I guess I like it.
    Settings: Okay.
    Phone: What I expected
    Mail: I like it, what I expected
    Safari: WTF!!!!!!
    Music: expected.

    Now I am just ranting and I'm sure that it will probably look better in person but from looking at the photos now I would have to say I hate most of the icon design from Jonny Ive. But as for the transparency I think Jonny nailed it with the look he wanted to give.

    Please give me your opinions on all the stock app designs.
  2. MacReloaded macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2007
  3. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2008
    United States
    Messages: Good
    Calendar: Good
    Photos: Good
    Camera: Meh (Lose Gradient)
    Weather: Good
    Clock: Good
    Map: Good
    Videos: Good
    Notes: Good
    Reminders: Good
    Stocks: Good
    Game Center: Bad (Add Punching Gloves Instead)
    Newstand: Bad (Doesn't match)
    iTunes Store: Good
    App Store: Good
    Passbook: Good
    Compass: Good
    Settings: Meh (Lose Gradient)
    Phone: Good
    Mail: Good
    Safari: Very Bad (Lose White Space)
    Music: Good
  4. lupinglade macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2010
  5. msz7 macrumors member

    May 27, 2013
    Camera, Settings, Safari, and Game Center
    I think the app icons will be tweaked, but I hope Apple just changes the four listed above. They're atrocious.
  6. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Feb 14, 2004
    OBJECTIVE reality
    I'm wondering, if they really wanted to make a break with tradition and look different from Windows 8, why every icon still has to be a square with rounded corners.

    Why couldn't the Camera icon have been a little larger and lost the grey background entirely? Why does the App Store icon have to be a circle within a square? Why not just make the icon circular? Same for iTunes. Why couldn't Mail have simply been an envelope without the blue surround? Safari -- make it look more like a compass; put a grey circle around it and lose the white.

    I don't know, I haven't mocked up anything myself in Photoshop, but would the loss of uniform icon shapes, i.e. rounded rectangles for everything, have been that bad?

    BTW, I agree that the Photos and Game Center icons say nothing to me, and the Notes icon is horrid.
  7. LouieSamman thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    Yeah I would say it's one of my favorite icon and what I wanted it to look But the iTunes and App Store is by far my most favorite.

    I know.

    they just might change safari. I feel they will hear a lot about that and make the change before release.
  8. TheRealPorkchop macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2010
    Whiteville, NC
    Yup, sucks it. Looks like some android crap to me. Epic fail Ives.

    Call it GingerBean7
  9. LouieSamman thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    They want to keep a consistent shape with all their apps. Thats my guess.
  10. Troneas macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2011
    At the alternatives section.
    i think they are quite horrible in my opinion.

    i am all for minimalistic design but with a screen that supports 326 ppi these icons are a joke.
  11. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
    The icons look very bad. They should have went with something like this instead:


    As it is now, the icons look too different from each other compared to the previous version of iOS. Same goes for the rest of the interface. There's no unity in the design. Every app and setting looks too different from the rest.

    I'm still hoping that it's some joke that Apple has pulled in order to conceal the actual GUI that they're working on, but knowing them, this might be close to final version.

    What was shown today at WWDC looked like a major step back for iOS.
  12. C64 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2008
    First I'd like to say that I really love my iPhone 4S and just really enjoy using it. Every single day. I've been using Macs for years as well and love the incremental changes to OS X and what it looks and feels like.

    I know that all this is very personal, but I just cannot, in any way shape or form, even remotely like these new icons.


    Just look at it...

    All the bright colors are colors I genuinely despise and would never ever pick for anything. The purple and pink, the blue and green, the red and orange. I'm sure they're all based on the same grid, but this doesn't really come across. It's just a mixture of the most bizarre color and icon choices I've seen in a long time. If I knew nothing about Apple and would pass this product in a store, I wouldn't even give it a single second of attention.

    I would really like to love this new look, because I think many of the new design decisions are really good, but I feel like using this every day is like living in a nightmare. I've always had some comments about Apple's design choices here and there, but overall it was always in line with what I really liked and could appreciate. I'm pretty sure though that even in a few months this will still feel like a silly joke, and I can't imagine upgrading or spending money on a newer iPhone to be stuck with this.

    But enough of that, here are a few specific thoughts.

    Icons I just can't understand:

    - Camera: why isn't it even centred vertically? I count 12 pixels on top, 15 on the bottom. The f.

    - The signal bars are now dots and take up a lot of space. Why is this so important and prominent? What's the use? They even removed any way of distinguishing buttons from anything else, but for some reason in every single screen we need to look at a bunch of relatively big dots.

    - Newsstand icon seems like it's cut off and randomly placed into an icon container without any further thought

    - Like others mentioned, Safari seems completely out of place with the white background. Why don't they do the same with e.g. Settings?

    Icons that look ok, within this horrible context:

    - Photos: simple yet not under-designed. Compare Photos with Weather. What do you make of that? Both are made up of very simple overlaid shapes, yet the Weather app looks extremely childish, whereas the Photos app looks "designed".

    - Maps: fine icon; clear and simple.

    - Clock: as good as it can be.

    - Stocks: I don't find it appealing in any way, but it does look fitting.

    - Passbook: same as with Photos, it's simple but looks "designed" and not childish. The colors are less extreme which is good.

    Oh man.. I loved the Keynote up until this point. Good content, great new things, funny jokes, confident speakers. And then they present this, and suddenly I had no clue anymore why I would ever spend money on an iOS device again if I'd be stuck with this.
  13. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
    I still think we're being trolled by Apple, and they'll release something completely different looking for the final version. There's no way they can compare this to the previous iOS, and claim that this one looks better.
  14. Troneas macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2011
    At the alternatives section.

    when has apple ever trolled anyone?

    as far as i remember, aside from squashing bugs we've always gotten what we see in these previews.
  15. AlphaDeuce macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2013
    I don't like any of the icons with a white background with the exception of the calendar app.

    App icons that I do not like:

    Game Center (how do you get games with a group of different sized circles?)
    Safari - (hate the most!)

    In general, I think the colors are too bright. I was hoping it would be a little darker colors with a slight gradient similar to the WWDC 2013 app.

    I hope the icons change before the gm version is released.
  16. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    Messages: Just fine
    Calendar: Just fine
    Photos: Fine. Reminds me of snapseed.
    Camera: It's fine
    Weather: Reminds me of the MobileMe logo, but I like it
    Clock: Looks just like the old one but without a gloss
    Map: Really well done
    Videos: Same as Maps
    Notes: Better than the old one
    Reminders: Same as Notes
    Stocks: It's ok, but I liked the blue icon better
    Game Center: It's not HORRIBLE, but it's not very good looking IMO
    Newsstand: I like it
    iTunes Store: Would have liked it if the logo was smaller
    App Store: Same as iTunes store
    Passbook: Clean and sharp. Well done
    Compass: Very avantgarde
    Settings: Very nice
    Phone: Just fine.
    Music: Too blood orange looking, but it's pretty good
    Safari: I don't see the hate about this one. I really like the design (I am a designer myself). The white space isn't an issue at all.
    Mail: Good design.

    Overall I love all the icons. I guess I'm a rare breed.
  17. simplecow macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2011
    I imagine it's because the camera lens is vertically centered - but yeah, it looks awkward. As does the Music icon, which is heavier on the left than the right (just so the two vertical lines are horizontally centered).
  18. seetheforest macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2010
    I was spoiled by looking at some of the truly fantastic iOS7 mocks.


    Look at how mature and balanced that design is. I just don't have it in me to justify the tie-dye garbage of the current iOS7 design. :mad:
  19. LouieSamman thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    It bothers me that there are a lot of flat icon design in the Cydia store that beats Apple out of the water. There are talented people working on iOS, why downgrade there ability to make great app icons. The jailbroken iPhone app icon picture set by one of you in the previous post shows a perfect example of what apple should have done. The apps don't match each other. I think this is something apple needs to desperately fix in the final release.
  20. Blakeasd macrumors 6502a

    Dec 29, 2009
    Perhaps some of the icons will change. Keep in mind that it's still just a developer release.
  21. Ed217 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2012
    To me they look second rate. Something you might expect for a freshman class mock up of an iPhone. Very amateur looking.

    Contrast is lacking making many screen much harder to read.
  22. ozone macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario, Canada
    Time for a change people. The old icons - detailed and as realistic as they are - are getting tiresome and dated, and sometimes, downright confusing. I don't need shadowing on something that's 1/4 inch across. Clean, functional - that's the way to go.
  23. Gmerdude macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2012
    All fail for me

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk 2
  24. kmj2318 macrumors 68000


    Aug 22, 2007
    Naples, FL
    The fact that they're so weird to us is why they are going to end up being iconic. Any of the other mockups, although they look great, they are trying to look like the old ones in a new way. I think the actual iOS icons are great because they make people uneasy. I know that's weird, but people eventually get used to it, and then it becomes iconic.
  25. lupinglade macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2010
    They have got to be temporary. Everyone, please send feedback!

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