A beach ball icon for a new app we’ve been working on for quite a while. I think designers are going to really like this one. The 512×512 pixel version might be worth checking out—the text is readable and details are easier to see.
There is one thing I’m not sure about on this icon: Should the icon be perfectly round, or more natural (as shown)?
Edit: Skala Preview has been released.
about 2 years ago
I love it already. Do not change a thing.
Beach-ball of Doom.app
Spinning beach ball of delight? Looking good :) I'd vote round though.
Dang, this is where I wish I wasn't running an SSD, would be great to see that bounce a few times when launched!
@Jord and Dan: So that's one vote for round and one vote for realistic/wobbly. You're not making this any easier!
@Max: I've just run the app here and it bounces once. I think apps always bounce once on launch, even if they're tiny and you have and SSD (I have an SSD here).
Looking great but I think the shadow of the ball can be made better :)
I like it more natural.
Natural is great. Keep it as it is :D
Beautiful detail, Marc! I vote to keep it just how it is. Love the imperfect shape.
Definitely realistic/wobbly. Makes it that much more realish. Lovely work Marc.
@Pranav Pramod: Shadow under the ball? Or shading on the ball?
♫ Listening to Beachball by Nalin and Kane to celebrate (almost) finishing this icon.
Where can I sign up? :D
@Russ: All going well, it will be out early in the new year. No need for testing, let's just punt it out the door so everyone can start using it.
Top part of ball looks excellent. Something feels wrong at the bottom. Maybe because of shading/highlights, dunno, looks not so real in comparsion to the top. Need to check some. photo. refs
And I'm for “natural” version (at small sizes it'll look round anyway)
@Bjango: Shadow under the ball.
I'd vote round but everyone else seems to be in for the natural look
@Kamil Khadeyev: I definitely agree that it won't make much difference when the icon is small. It will be effectively round. I'll take a look into the shading, although the differences to the reference seem like they're more to do with lighting? Ie. if you wanted to light a beach ball and give it darker shading, that would be possible. I might still back it off a bit, I'm just trying to make sure the shape is kept, so it doesn't look too flat.
@Pranav Pramod: I'm surprised you can even see the shadow under the ball :) Will take a look at that as well. Thanks.
Very nice work, I already need the app! Regarding the icon, I think the tissue ball look far more better than a plastic ball. I only wonder how it looks in small docks.
Natural, of course. Good work!
Perfect. Beautiful! Love it.
Small (in the dock): Round.
All other sizes: Natural.
I think this looks great. You've really kicked a goal here. Love the detail on the seams of each colour edge. Well done.
Did you tried to make bottom highlight a bit sharper: http://c.kam88.com/Coc2 (something like that, hope you get the idea what I'm talking about)
Call me just Kamil or Kam, hehe
I'd vote perfectly round. At the moment it looks a tiny bit deflated, if it was fully inflated it would be almost perfectly round anyway.
The wobbly shape makes it look like it lacks a bit of air. The bottom lighting may use some work too. Lovely work nonetheless, whatever that is for. :)
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