Best Practices When Designing an
iPhone App Icon
The icon is the first thing that people
will meet when they see your app. To
ensure that you get the people's
attention yo...
Go for simple shapes
A simple shape ensures that the icon is easily recognizable
from a distance and at a glance. Due to t...
Use a maximum of two colors
Although, there are many great colors that you can use, it's
usually very difficult to create ...
Avoid photos and a lot of text
These two make the icon look displeasing to the eye and fail to
motivate users to click on ...
Don't add standard gloss
Although, Apple allows developers to add the standard gloss to
their icons when submitting them t...
Ensure that all materials are
accurately portrayed
It's very devastating when you put in a lot of resources and time in
cr...
Thank you for reading!
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Best practices when designing an Iphone app icon

  1. 1. Best Practices When Designing an iPhone App Icon
  2. 2. The icon is the first thing that people will meet when they see your app. To ensure that you get the people's attention you should ensure that your icon stands out from the rest. For the representation to stand out you need to put the following good practices in place:
  3. 3. Go for simple shapes A simple shape ensures that the icon is easily recognizable from a distance and at a glance. Due to this you should ensure that you go for simple shapes such as circles, rectangles or squares. In addition to ensuring that you use a simple shape, you should also use a simple image that will easily reduce and remain clear at different sizes.
  4. 4. Use a maximum of two colors Although, there are many great colors that you can use, it's usually very difficult to create a great icon with many colors. This is because many colors tend to look ugly when the icon's size is reduced or increased. To be on the safe side you should use a maximum of two colors.
  5. 5. Avoid photos and a lot of text These two make the icon look displeasing to the eye and fail to motivate users to click on them. Experts say that photos and words create abstraction of concept, object and operation. Instead of using photos and words, you should use symbols. For example, if your app is called Smep you can use "S" as your symbol. By doing this the icon will look professional and will provoke many people to click on it.
  6. 6. Don't add standard gloss Although, Apple allows developers to add the standard gloss to their icons when submitting them to the app store, you should avoid adding the feature to your icon. This is because it makes your icon look ugly. To be on the safe side you should leave the icon plain.
  7. 7. Ensure that all materials are accurately portrayed It's very devastating when you put in a lot of resources and time in creating an app and it can't portray the important features. For example, the app fails to portray the image or the symbol that you are using. In such cases you should take a look at the software that you are using. You should also take a look at the software settings. In some cases the problem may be brought about by the size of the icon; therefore, you only need to reduce or enlarge the size a little bit. Resources: http://iphoneapplicationdeveloper.co.uk http://ezinearticles.com/?Best-Practices-When-Designing-an- iPhone-App-Icon&id=8539487
  8. 8. Thank you for reading!

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