A replacement icon for everyone's favorite... everyone's...that app that they showed off in the Mountain Lion Game Center demo...
You can download it from the attachment or from my website. It's got an 1024px size too [I've got Mountain Lion now!]
I started this idea late one night a few months ago but couldn't get the metal shading right at all, so gave up. Recently I went back at it, armed with a better 3D model and a clearer vision for the final result. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
I've attached a wireframe and a higher-res + different background version I made for my site. I'm happy to show you guys more about the process if you want it ^_^
and, as always, critique and feedback and stuff is awesome <3
10 months ago
Hight five, bro! The work you did is amazing, i love a metal texture so much..
This is so awesome!
Awesome! I love how you present it as a 4x4 board from an actual chessboard. Not much people, including me, put as much effort into the preview these days. It's mostly a bland colour, gradient or a wood texture. Thanks for the nudge to be more attentive to presentational details outside of the actual product. I think preview is to icons is as packaging design is for products.
Aside from that, I wanted to tell you something since your site launched. The typographic treatment you have on your launching page is not on par with quality of the icons. I guess you are using Helvetica there but I would request you to change it to the Neue version because I think it looks better on displays. Also, some weight variation would definitely help. I have made a rough draft with some links thrown into the mix since it goes on a dynamic context where I think some actionable items would be useful. Without them I can't help but feel that it's a label on a jar :P
The rook should be wooden though - wooden board, wooden figure. But nice work on the metal!
I really like this. Great shading and textures. Are the textures applied in Ps or in Blender (I think that's what you used, right?)?
I know the chess board in the original icon is that flat, but I think it looks a little weird. Have you tried making it thicker?
@Jackie Tran Well, not necessarily. I know that the "standard" is to have the board and pieces made of the same material, but I don't think there would be much contrast unless I painted the wood black/white. I also feel like painted wood is sort of a...tacky material, I guess, and I always try and get my icons to look like an idealized version of the object–a fancy, expensive chessboard, in this case. Not sure if it worked out well but that's the thought process I went through when thinking this up.
@Simon Gustavsson Textures are mapped in blender, then applied to the GIMP file. So I made this and then imported it.
I agree it's pretty thin... I think in my original sketches I had another layer of wood below the panels, but I took it out. I'd like to say it looks more elegant this way... but maybe it just looks weird :D
@Prathyush @Prekesh Chavda You're absolutely right. I'm generally pretty amateurish when it comes to typography, unfortunately, but I will attempt to go a bit beyond unformatted helvetica in this case. I like what you have going [not sure about the links, but I might try them], and I'll get a similar update to my site worked out soon
@Simon Gustavsson @Ollin Yep, I like it this weird much. Thin look is much sleek.
You've got talent!
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