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iOS Icon Design Course

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Creating a Brand in the App Store

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Stand out in the Icon Grid

You may have noticed that I keep referring to the App Store grid. This is what makes icon design for the iPhone and iPad unique from desktop or web application icon design. The App Store shopping experience is like looking for a “find” at a thrift store. There are a few useful and beautifully designed […]

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Capitalize on your Brand

If you’re designing an app for a well known brand, use it! Below are examples of apps that do a great job of standing out in the App Store by showcasing a recognizable logo, name or face related to the app. These apps may not tell you exactly what the app does, but it gives […]

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Use Attractive Imagery

All-in Yoga is an excellent example of an attractive, tastefully illustrated silhouette that thoroughly describes what the app is all about.

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Test the Icon Design on your Device

This is a surprise to many designers new to designing iPhone and iPad icons. The way your design looks mocked up in Photoshop or even in the iPhone Simulator is much different from the way it will look on an actual device. Why? A few reasons: Computer monitors do not accurately represent the color gamut […]

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Graphical Continuity is a Must

One way to ensure you deliver on your promises is to make sure the graphics within the app match the icon. Expenditure is a great example of an icon that very accurately describes the function of the app (tracking expenses) and how to pull off a design concept from icon to app.

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