3D app icon concepts inspired by Apple's Big Sur reveal

As UI designers continue to experiment and embrace 3D design & illustration, it’s safe to say this design trend is here to stay.

Recently, a handful of designers on Dribbble have been sharing incredible reinterpretations of popular mobile app icons designed in a completely 3D environment. For many designers like Alexander Shatov, the inspiration comes from Apple’s macOS Big Sur Preview:

“[Recently,] Apple introduced macOS Big Sur with a beautiful new design. They remade many icons in the Dock to be more consistent with icons across the Apple ecosystem while retaining their Mac personality.

 Apple is experimenting more with 3D shapes in their UI and taking some old skeuomorphic visuals into the new look. That is why I made my vision of the 3D illustrations based on the new ones, that can be used in the UI and marketing materials.”

Below, you can check out some of Alexander’s designs, plus more neat explorations from the community. These designers have done a great job at capturing the essence of the original icon while giving it a 3D makeover. Enjoy the eye-candy!

  1. Messages 3d 3dsmax bigsur c4d design icon icon design illustration ios logo macos messages render vray webshocker
  2. Instagram 3d Icon Concept 3d app bigsur blender blender 3d concept gradient icon icon design icondesign iconography illustraion instagram ios ios 14 ios app macos macos icon render
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  6. Airbnb 3d icon 3d 3dsmax airbnb apple design icon icondesign ios logo mobile photoshop render vray webshocker
  7. Slack icon 3d 3dsmax bigsur design icon icon design macos photoshop render slack vray webshocker
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  9. macOS Big Sur Figma Icon 3d app big sur branding design figma figma icon icon logo macbook macos new product skeumorphism vector visualization
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  10. Dribbble | Big Sur App Icon 3d app icon app icons big sur blender dribbble graphic invite logo neumorphism skeumorphism
  11. The App Store Icon (macOS Big Sur) 3d big sur icon macos madeinaffinity wwdc
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  12. Spotify 3d Icon Concept 3d app bigsur blender blender 3d design icon icon design iconography illustration ios ios14 macos macos icon music notes render songs spotify streaming
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  13. Google maps 3d 3dsmax app big sur design google icon icon design macos maps photoshop render vraz webshocker
  14. Apple Arcade Icon 3d apple arcade big sur game icon ios joystick macos neomorphism skeuomorphism
  15. Safari icon 3d 3dsmax big sur browser design icon icon design mac os photoshop render safari vray webshocker

Row 1: Webshocker - Matjaz Valentar, Alexander Shatov, Mikita Melnikau. Row 2: Webshocker - Matjaz Valentar, Daniel Klopper, Webshocker - Matjaz Valentar. Row 3: Webshocker - Matjaz Valentar, Martin David for ottonova, Andrejs Hairulins. Row 4: Stéfano Girardelli, Kamil Khadeyev, Alexander Shatov. Row 5: Webshocker - Matjaz Valentar, Andrey Davlikanov, Webshocker - Matjaz Valentar.


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