App icon development?

by Chris Ross » Tue, 27 Apr 2010 02:22:29 GMT


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   I have an app mostly ready for initial release.  What I *don't*  
have is an icon I like that fits the recommended style.  I have a 2D  
icon that I built for the iPhone version of the app, but that doesn't  
fit the android look-n-feel very well, so I'd like to come up with a  
tilted 3Dish icon according to the recommendations, but I don't have  
any 3D graphics experience.


  Does anyone have any skill to spare, or advice to share, on making  
an app icon?  I have an idea or two, but no 3D content with which to  
start.  I've done amateur 2D graphics for years, but 3D I've barely  
experimented with.


  Any help or advice appreciated.

                             - Chris


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App icon development?

by Wayne Wenthin » Tue, 27 Apr 2010 02:48:49 GMT


 I would just pull your current icon into photoshop and mess around with the
layer styles.   You can pull off some 3d effect there.

On Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 11:22 AM, Chris Ross
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App icon development?

by TreKing » Tue, 27 Apr 2010 03:21:46 GMT


 On Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 1:22 PM, Chris Ross
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Isn't the current style mostly 2D?



My advice: go with whatever you have, want, or can make and don't stress
about the recommended style. The standard icons changed drastically from 1.5
/ 1.6 to 2.0 / 2.1, so, assuming you're supporting all of those platforms,
you're icon is not going to match one them anyway. Plus the style is likely
to change yet again in the future so whatever choice you make now will be
invalidated then anyway.

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App icon development?

by Rob Mazur » Tue, 27 Apr 2010 03:29:53 GMT


 Here is a link to an old tutorial for the 3D style icon:
 http://phandroid.com/2009/06/04/video-tutorial-creating-an-android-application-icon/ 

But like TreKing mentioned, the new style is basically 2D and IMHO
looks much better...  
 http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/ui_guidelines/icon_design.html 





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App icon development?

by Chris Ross » Tue, 27 Apr 2010 08:31:28 GMT


 

Isn't the current style mostly 2D?
Well, yeah, I guess it mostly it. It's somewhat 3D though, and there's a recommended projection into a 3D space.
My advice: go with whatever you have, want, or can make and don't stress about the recommended style. The standard icons changed drastically from 1.5 / 1.6 to 2.0 / 2.1, so, assuming you're supporting all of those platforms, you're icon is not going to match one them anyway. Plus the style is likely to change yet again in the future so whatever choice you make now will be invalidated then anyway.
Okay. Good point. I'll take a broader look at the recommendations for 1.5/1.6/2.1. I know I was looking at the page at developer.android.com that describes app icon ( and other icon) design, and it had specific recomendations regarding angles and perspective. I know it's not mandatory, but I was trying to "be good". :-) Thanks for the advice. - Chris --



App icon development?

by Chris Ross » Tue, 27 Apr 2010 09:10:12 GMT


   Thanks for those links.  And, thanks for pointing out what I'd  
missed, that I was looking at the 1.5/1.6 guide, and it has since been  
superseded.  I agree, that the new design is much closer to what I'd  
started with, and will be much easier to manage.


  Thanks all for advice.

                           - Chris



Here is a link to an old tutorial for the 3D style icon: http://phandroid.com/2009/06/04/video-tutorial-creating-an-android-application-icon/ But like TreKing mentioned, the new style is basically 2D and IMHO looks much better... http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/ui_guidelines/icon_design.html
On Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 1:22 PM, Chris Ross <cross+goo...@distal.com<cross%2bgoo...@distal.com>
I have a 2D icon that I built for the iPhone version of the app, but that doesn't fit the android look-n-feel very well, so I'd like to come up with a tilted 3Dish icon according to the recommendations, but I don't have any 3D graphics experience.
Isn't the current style mostly 2D?
Does anyone have any skill to spare, or advice to share, on making an app icon? I have an idea or two, but no 3D content with which to start. I've done amateur 2D graphics for years, but 3D I've barely experimented with.
Any help or advice appreciated.
My advice: go with whatever you have, want, or can make and don't stress about the recommended style. The standard icons changed drastically from 1.5 / 1.6 to 2.0 / 2.1, so, assuming you're supporting all of those platforms, you're icon is not going to match one them anyway. Plus the style is likely to change yet again in the future so whatever choice you make now will be invalidated then anyway. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------- TreKing - Chicago transit tracking app for Android-powered devices http://sites.google.com/site/rezmobileapps/treking --



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