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I’ve been a fan of icon design for years. Much like how a logo represents the tone and personality of a company, an icon represents a program or app. Both make use of a tiny canvas size and often have a lot to say with little space to say it.
Ever since iPhone apps started picking up traction, icon design has improved more and more. With time, designers and developers have been able to practice creating a beautiful, stylish and slick icon that suits the device it’s on, and looks great at high resolution and when it’s a tiny icon on a home screen.
It’s important to mention that it’s remarkably challenging to create an icon that looks good – it can take an extraordinary amount of work and skill to create something that looks simple, and the more complex a design, the more talent is required.
I wanted to create a collection of some of my favourite app icon designs. Some of these icons are for existing apps and can be found out there in the wild, while others have been done for practice to show what the designer is capable of – but they’re all incredibly impressive examples of beautiful, stylish icons that have had hours and days of work spent on them.
I hope you find this collection interesting and useful for your next app design project.
Which of these designs is your favourite? Are there any others that should be included in this roundup? I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments.