Always on the hunt for a sexy Safari icon but could never find anything that tickled me just right. Then it struck me, "hey, I push pixels for a living, maybe I could do one!"
4 months ago
thanks again. The collection grows...
@Martin David welcome dude. Yep. I think Launchpad is next. Mission Control too, but I never see the icon so it's less of a priority. Dock first.
looks like a whole theme is coming. I´m inspired and working on a spotify icon while waiting for the ios7 jailbreak. I just miss the work on iphone icons...
I don't really understand the lighting scheme here. There's very little consistency in how elements are rendered in relation to a light source.
Missing your old UI and icon art.
I really like this one. You're starting to put out a nice blend of what you're coming from and where the trends are now. I feels nice... keep it up! You won't hear me say no to a new theme :P
I'm going to use this. Sweet balance you struck here.
@Martin David yeah, I'm not holding my breath on an iOS 7 JB, but I wouldn't revamp Jaku in the same vein of the default iOS apps. I think we can bridge the divide between iOS 6 and 7. Simplifying but still keeping a level of complexity that results in some nice eye candy.
@Eli Schiff what do you mean? Can you point out the problem?
@Kevin Hamil thanks dude. I think the iWork team pulled that off superbly. Their new suite rocks some of the nicest icons I have seen, yet they retain the same color palette found in iOS 7. I was really glad to hear Apple won't be turning OS X into iOS.
With regard to Ambient occlusion, there should be a heavier shadow on the rim of the metal and on the blue/teal area. It's extremely hard to tell what material the face of the compass is, because the coloring and shading are so alien to anything existing in reality. The number of tics for the needle to point to is too many, and detract from the overall composition. Also, the needle distractingly rests unevenly on one of the tics. Lastly, the needle itself hardly casts a shadow bigger than one pixel, which is inconsistent with the lighting of the metal areas.
If we are to ignore all that, I think that this icon is a resounding success. You've designed within an internally imposed constraint, and given that constraint, wherein we take the aesthetic principles of iOS7 as a basis, you've achieved an OSX icon to match iOS7.
@Eli Schiff I wouldn't necessarily disagree with any of the points you raise needing perhaps more attention. In a production icon, I would likely pass over the ticks again and start with math instead of just a random width. The shadows don't bug me nor the background really. Perhaps the arrow could contain a stronger shadow seeing as I added depth, and that was one thing I toyed with, but the shadow started adding more complexity than I liked. Personally I don't get a sense of an optical conundrum, but I won't shrug off that implication either.
In a production icon, I would put in more time. But as a freebie, this is all you get ;)
I do appreciate you taking the time for a thorough critique. Many thanks dude :)
A fine and reasoned response. Keep making great design William!
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