Which ABContacts icon do you prefer ?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by vettori, Mar 2, 2009.

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Which ABContacts icon do you prefer ?

Poll closed Apr 1, 2009.
  1. First icon

    2 vote(s)
    8.3%
  2. Late 2008 icon

    17 vote(s)
    70.8%
  3. Early 2009 icon

    2 vote(s)
    8.3%
  4. NONE !!!

    3 vote(s)
    12.5%
  1. vettori macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    One of my app, ABContacts, has always suffered users complains about the icon.

    I've produced a new one but I'm sure even this one will not satisfy all my users :)
    So I need a "poll" to decide which to keep....

    Which one do you prefer ?

    first icon
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    late 2008 icon
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    early 2009 icon
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    Edit: three icons added in replies below
     
  2. iFerd macrumors 6502a

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    #2
    Late 2008. Hope you keep it.

    Edit: As others pointed out below, that is the one that looks professional.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    #3
    The last one looks like a 10 year old made it in paint shop. If this app is geared towards "business" users, I would recommend the late 2008 icon. I dislike the RGB brightness of the first icon.
     
  4. jmccray macrumors regular

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    #4
    kind of

    i kind of like the new one, but the late 2008 would be more geared towards business users.....
     
  5. MacToddB macrumors 6502a

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    #5
    Of the three, late 2008. It has people, not one person (it's contacts, with an s, i.e. plural) and three as in A, B, C. Plus the spiral binding suggesting a phonebook. It's also not a drastic departure from the original. There's some value in consistency, especially if you've had some success/exposure.
     
  6. Jomskylark macrumors regular

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    #6
    I chose none, but to be honest, the first one. Not the last one for sure, and the first one has more color and is more vibrant than the gold one. Make the colors a little sharper and it'll be perfect.
     
  7. Gokunama macrumors 6502a

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    #7
    Definitely the late 2008 icon. It looks the most professional and businesslike.
     
  8. Strong Bad macrumors newbie

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    #8
    I agree. By far the best looking one.
     
  9. PatrickRS macrumors member

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    #9
    Late 2008. Same reason as others have said.


    BTW... If the main complaints you're getting are about the icon, you've done good.
     
  10. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

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    #10
    Definitely late 08. Perhaps though you could "soften" it by making less of a contrast between the low/highlights. But it is the better of the three.
     
  11. MrSwos macrumors newbie

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    #11
    Late 2008, professional style. The early 2009 icon is just ugly.
     
  12. stevearm macrumors 6502a

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    #12
    Early 2009 is ugly.

    Late 2008 is very dull.

    Use the first one, but instead of colouring in the people, make them silver embossed in a similar style to Late 2008. Keep the coloured tabs (although improve the colours and make them less child-like.

    To be honest, non are wonderful.
     
  13. vettori thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    #13
    Thanks to all for your precious comments.

    I add here four new icons that has been produced by the original icon designer.

    What about these ?

    Why is do difficult to find a nice icon ;) ?

    new 1
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    new 2
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    new 3
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    new 4
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  14. vettori thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    #14
    Yes but the bad thing is that most users seems attracted more from graphics and icons than from features and stability :(
     
  15. Strong Bad macrumors newbie

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  16. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

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    #16
    Of the new ones #3 is best, but I think you need to apply the affects to the original icon and remove the shadow/outline from each figure. But it is certainly the right direction in my view, an all together brighter icon.
     
  17. stevearm macrumors 6502a

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    They're all pretty horrible because of the "My-First-Photoshop-Image" type effects added, like drop shadows and emboss.

    The colours are also extremely dull and lifeless.

    Start from scratch I would say, and possibly hire a new designer.
     
  18. MacToddB macrumors 6502a

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    #18
    I still prefer late 2008, but my recommendation would be to make it uniquely yours. Leverage your A, B, C and put a letter on each person's chest, like a namebadge, or A, B, C vertically on the tabs. Something so people see it and know it's your app. Otherwise, it could be any contact app. Did you see the thread about iThings and WhitePages? iThings totally ripped it off, but WhitePages didn't do anything unique to prohibit it. I like how AppCubby and Smule (Ocarina, etc.) have some consistency to their brands. You have three apps and ought to decide which brand to go with and stick to it.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=660305
     
  19. SFC Archer macrumors 68000

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    #19
    Keep the late 2008 icon.

    It is the most professional. This app is a utility app and is for doing business...both professional and social...so should reflect that, which the 2008 one does.

    This app is not a game, it is not a media app, it is not an entertainment app...it is a professional business app, maintain the late 2008.

    Thanks for a super app that continues to perform and work professionally.
     
  20. vettori thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    #20
    @MacToddb thank you for your recommendation, I'll think about using some common style for all apps but they are intended for different audience so I'm not sure it's ok to use the same "style".

    @SFCArcher, I'm happy to know you appreciate the app.


    Here is another (and probably the last one) proposal, it comes from another designer that has adapted the original icon, he's a macrumors user :) It needs some adjustment because the designer worked on a low-res file.

    Do you like it ? I like it !!

    [​IMG]
     
  21. SFC Archer macrumors 68000

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    #21
    Its almost acceptable...I think that if you add colored tabs then you should put silver letters on the tabs. The book itself is pretty good...would like to see a larger size/version. I understand that there is a call for color out there so if you use color, recommend you use silver letters to maintain the professional aspect of the antique looking cover which does have a business/personal appearance. Without letters the colors clash, by adding letters it would mellow the colors and create cohesion between professional and the personal address book.

    Still like the late 2008 the best but this one comes in second if color is required by the majority.
     
  22. iFerd macrumors 6502a

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    #22
    Count me among those who still prefer the late 2008 version over all of the other offered alternatives.
     
  23. MacToddB macrumors 6502a

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    #23
    I like it! Re the other apps, I understand they're for different audiences, but you should consider a style that is consistent.
     
  24. stevearm macrumors 6502a

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    #24
    So pretty much exactly as I suggested at the beginning of this topic?...

     
  25. jmccray macrumors regular

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    #25
    Now this one is HOTT!!!!!!
     

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