As much as I like what you've done to the displayed icons, these are the ones that work well with a single gradient background and a glyph on top. Have you tried redrawing some of the other icons?
I'd love to see your take on some of them, like Contacts, Maps, Calculator, Passbook! I'm sure they'll give you more of a challenge to keep consistent with the rest.
6 months ago
Phone looks too lime and something about the Safari icon (glyph and color) feels off. Apart from that, cool work.
These icons are beautiful!!
Nice work. I am really glad that you are one of the few people that have some humility when proposing to Apple.
The symbols on the icon seem slightly raised up (except for Messages which is pressed in). While it looks nice, I'm not sure that is really what Apple is going for (which is why I'm glad you have humility). Also, the grid seems like something Apple is focused on.
But I do really like the icons you made--great job!
You won this round! And love the quote ;)
love this icons
They're executed well (of course) but they're not that different from the current design paradigm and certainly not "new" enough for where Apple wants to take iOS 7. This system would break down pretty quickly I think since they are essentially flat glyphs on colored fields. Always appreciate your eye, Louie, but to me, this misses the mark of what Apple's trying to accomplish.
Beautiful, as expected.
These are so good. I really wish these were the actual icons.
@Gedeon Maheux well heard, though as I mentioned at the start, I don't consider these as much a suggestion or advice to Apple. These are the output of me trying to understand them. And while I don't quite yet, this is that step between the two for my mind. :)
love the mail one. really nice. current iOS7 mail is the worst.
Loving these a lot!
At first glance these are in every way an improvement over what iOS7 beta has right now IMO. Although I may not necessarily agree with Apples recent design direction, these at least seem related.
Would love to see an example of all the icons done like this on the iPhone itself to get a better feel for how it would look in context.
@Louie Mantia PRESIDENT !!! AHAHA
@Louie Mantia I have been inspecting the little details of iOS 7's first beta UI (emphasis on "first beta", please) since release, and their icons simply don't have the warmth yours do. The little details like the lines in the Mail icon and such, they lack that kind of attention. I'm sure Apple will correct this, but that has always been an amazing feature of your work, the attention to small things. Congrats once again!
*thank you* for that Giorgio quote. Excellent track.
@jonathan olsen Colors aren't a strong enough differentiator? IMO, colors are easier to pick out than shapes.
@Fernando Lins Thanks for the kind words! :)
@Ben Lee Not in this way no, you will see many different colors all over with pictograms, from a regular users perspective, it will "all look the same".
If you make "real icons" for every app, it's a strong enough differentiator.
Of course you can make something in between as in this example:
My 2 cents :)
@Louie Mantia You're a great designer! I really love all of your work
Love it. Some of the icons look similar to my upcoming Prismatic for iPad theme.
Yeah seriously just go back to Apple… Don't think twice about it.
These are really fantastic, and the color scheme is astounding. The one issue I'm having trouble wrapping my head around, as a couple others have mentioned, is how this aesthetic will provide enough room for differentiation when designing 3rd party app icons. The relative lack of a cohesive style of the current (pre-iOS 7) icons seems to allow any style of icon to look good and 'fit in', since there's really not much to 'fit into'.
This new style would seem to me to be much better suited to a pre-App Store iOS, where there's a single relatively small set of icons that have a reason to be visually cohesive (they're from the same company, they're the only icons ever shown on the device).
Basically what I fear is my home screen turning into a bunch of simple glyphs laid over single-color gradients. Even Apple's HIG (used to) state that while consistency and form-over-function was paramount for an app's UI design, the one place where you could and should have as much creative freedom as possible is with the icon, in order to create something unique and memorable.
But in any event, this is about as perfect an execution of this new aesthetic as I could imagine. Fantastic work.
P.S. Also nobody can draw music notes quite like you. :)
@Louie Mantia Pretty better than iOS7, you should instead of them
Apple always uses green backgrounds for communication apps (Facetime, Messages, Phone). Any reason you strayed from that system? Is consistency with the Mac icon worth it? It's safe to assume many iPhone users don't own Macs and won't understand the reference.
Are the app store and Safari related? Sharing the same blue seems like a weird choice as well.
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