What would iOS 7 icons look like if Android geeks made them?

xcodeaddict

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What would iOS 7 icons look like if Android geeks made them? Can you imagine? I don't think anyone would ever complain about iOS 7 icons being "ugly" or "designed by a 2nd grade student" if iOS was made open source like Android, and we saw examples like this...

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A set, visible boundary is a good thing for icon design
 

SA Spyder

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Um they're all disproportionate to one another. Symmetry is vastly underrated as a design element.
 

xcodeaddict

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Um they're all disproportionate to one another. Symmetry is vastly underrated as a design element.
Precisely (or not, pardon the pun :D). This is precisely what is wrong with the majority of design in products... "It'll do" mentality. No, it won't do... AT ALL.
 

Trius

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What would iOS 7 icons look like if Android geeks made them? Can you imagine? I don't think anyone would ever complain about iOS 7 icons being "ugly" or "designed by a 2nd grade student" if iOS was made open source like Android, and we saw examples like this...

Whoops, aesthetic fail:

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A set, visible boundary is a good thing for icon design
Where is the public outcry over the neon green line beneath the icons??
 

ijohn.8.80

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Um they're all disproportionate to one another. Symmetry is vastly underrated as a design element.
Add to that there is no commonality between them, no repeating theme, no reference to a recurring colour palette either.

I would really like it if we were able to select from a range of colour palettes on iOS 7, but, also realise this would entail a hell of a lot of work too. I do find the current colour range a bit too, umm, mardi-gras like... Not that there's anything wrong with that.

I do however, like the white and opaque treatment.
 

xcodeaddict

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Where is the public outcry over the neon green line beneath the icons??
There wasn't one - folk in Google land have no strict design boundaries for it to even become a conscious consideration, and I mean that without trying to sound snotty - the proof is in front of your eyes, in real pixel evidence. There's no rule and boundaries in Android, which is why it is such a free-for-all mess - that's what happens when noone is held accountable, and everything is "open" and fuzzy... ugh.
 

kdarling

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Personally, I find icons that are left bare as different shapes to be much easier to search for with my eyes.

On iOS, and on some Android devices, all the icons have a rounded box around them, that unfortunately makes them all look similar at first glance.
 

xcodeaddict

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Personally, I find icons that are left bare as different shapes to be much easier to search for with my eyes.

On iOS, and on some Android devices, all the icons have a rounded box around them, that unfortunately makes them all look similar.
Consistency is what makes iOS, and inconsistency is what breaks Android.
 

jbenkelman

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That smiling messages app was one of the reasons I left Android. Could that look cheaper?
 

cynics

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Then download different icons and make them what you want. There are talented artist on both sides.

I think its a moot point if the icons can be changed don't you?

Plus is it me or does this thread scream insecurity? "Oh iOS is getting ugly icons well uhm well uhm Androids are bad too!!" Seriously gimme a break.
 

kdarling

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Consistency is what makes iOS, and inconsistency is what breaks Android.
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." - Emerson

One major point of icons is to be easily recognizable, just as with road signs. You'd not want Stop and Yield signs to be the same shape as parking signs.

Not to mention that Apple's own design team... well, here, I'll let them speak for themselves:

icon_shapes.png
 

xcodeaddict

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"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." - Emerson

One major point of icons is to be easily recognizable, just as with road signs. You'd not want Stop and Yield signs to be the same shape as parking signs.

Not to mention that Apple's own design team... well, here, I'll let them speak for themselves:

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Yes, that's a Mac where there's more space, but you already know that. :)
 

zbarvian

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"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." - Emerson

One major point of icons is to be easily recognizable, just as with road signs. You'd not want Stop and Yield signs to be the same shape as parking signs.

Not to mention that Apple's own design team... well, here, I'll let them speak for themselves:

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Props for the Emerson quote. I also don't find anything wrong with different sizes or shapes, consistency is an illusory benefit in icon design. Some of those Android icons look far better than some iOS 7 icons, but I can't say the vice-versa.
 

xcodeaddict

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Then download different icons and make them what you want. There are talented artist on both sides.

I think its a moot point if the icons can be changed don't you?

Plus is it me or does this thread scream insecurity? "Oh iOS is getting ugly icons well uhm well uhm Androids are bad too!!" Seriously gimme a break.
iOS 7 isn't ugly though - I don't think that at all. Yes, there are talented icon designers on both "sides", but Android is still uglier and clunkier overall, and that extends beyond the screen onto the hardware, in many, many cases - noone can deny that (actually they can, and will :D)

So you think I am "insecure" because I think iOS is consistent & beautiful, and Android is a clunky mess with no rigid, pleasing and aesthetically meaningful boundaries? I don't see your thought pattern, but if it pleases you to think that, go ahead - feel free :)

I think Android is a great achievement, it just has poor boundaries and that is its' downfall - and a pig is still a pig, badly applied makeup or not.
 

bozzykid

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The use of icons on Android is also much different. Because they use a launcher, the desktop does not have to contain every app. So you aren't looking at a grid of icons. I think the fact that iOS requires all apps to appear as a grid of icons, it requires conformity at a different level.
 

paulbennett95

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There's no rule and boundaries in Android, which is why it is such a free-for-all mess - that's what happens when noone is held accountable, and everything is "open" and fuzzy... ugh.
http://developer.android.com/design/style/iconography.html
:)

But I agree that some of the Android apps are pretty fugly (especially from the Play Store, that's one detriment of it being so open to devs) but then again, iOS and OS X aren't saints either.
 

xcodeaddict

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That's new, it's too late - ugly is the norm in Android, because it was allowed from the outset. Those are "recommendations" whereas the Apple HIG is VERY strict, with good reason - you're using THEIR platform to make money - so respect that AND the image of your company, and make an effort!!! :p

Do you know what another FAIL is with Google? They can never make up their minds what to call something, or how to theme an interface - "Play Store"? So I buy only games there? No? Oh... - explain how that relates to APPS? Apple call it "The App Store" - it does what it says on the box.