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Entry #124 - Button & icon design - by webad
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iPhone App Icon Refresh - Make it awesome!

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Button or icon contest

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by tapforms

Contest started Fri, 13 Nov 2009 07:24:00 +0000

Last feedback Fri, 20 Nov 2009 22:30:05 +0000

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Brief Overview
Tap Forms is fundamentally an iPhone database app. You can store all kinds of information in it including photos, voice recordings and GPS locations with its integrated map view. An intuitive, easy to use and elegantly designed interface makes using it a breeze. Tap Forms has been featured on the front page of the App Store and Apple Retail stores around the world. Apple is also currently featuring it in their 'iPhone in Business' directory at http://www.apple.com/iphone/business/apps-for-iphone/organization.html My app tag line is: YOUR LIFE. ORGANIZED.
Brand Name

www.tapforms.com

Target Audience
The target audience for Tap Forms is anyone who needs to keep their lives organized. You can use Tap Forms to store any kind of information you might need quick access to while you're on the go. Some of my customers have entire libraries of movies, books, wines, and recipes stored in Tap Forms. It's very customizable and can be easily used by everyone. In fact, I bet if you're an iPhone or iPod touch user you could probably use it for your own life and work.
Requirements
I need an app icon refresh. My current app icon is great and it stands out in the crowd. But I'm looking for something that more closely matches what my app does. The current icon is actually derived from the right-most part of my full logo that you can see on my website at http://www.tapforms.com. The new icon should also fit in with a new logo. So basically I need a new logo and an app icon. Well, they're basically connected anyway. But I'm open to ideas on how to build the logo and/or app icon. The X makes people think that it's a close icon so I'm thinking that a database cylinder icon would be better or a form design like in this icon: http://flyosity.com/images/_blogentries/blueprinticons/architect.png One thing that I like and want to keep is the colour selection. I like the blue and white. It matches my website and the rest of my app and it stands out in the app store nicely. But I'm definitely open to seeing other possibilities. Just keep in mind that I'm not looking for a complete website refresh. Well, at least not yet. So whatever design I choose will have to match with my site and app interface. Another thing that I think is important to keep in mind is that my customers should still be able to recognize the icon as being for Tap Forms. But they should say "wow, that's a cool new icon!". They should be happy to have it on their home screen on their iPhones. No stock icons please. And it should look great from 57x57 up to 512x512. PSD file with layers please. Oh, and NO GLOSS. I like how my icon doesn't have gloss. So it stands out more in the app store.
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    Contest Discussion

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    1. User
      99designs
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      Fri, 20 Nov 2009 06:22:00 +0000
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      The contest holder has extended this contest to 10 days.

    2. User
      tapforms
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      Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:34:27 +0000
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      Hi Winslow,

      Yes, I agree, #127 looks like oil drums. But the border is cool and that's what got my attention. The inside definitely needs to change.

      Thanks,

      Brendan

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      Winslow
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      Thu, 19 Nov 2009 14:47:52 +0000
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      #127 looks like oil drums

    4. User
      tapforms
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      Thu, 19 Nov 2009 05:17:45 +0000
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      #127 is looking mighty interesting to me right now. With some modifications it could be a contender.

      Thanks,

      Brendan

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      shadyrudy
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      Wed, 18 Nov 2009 23:11:20 +0000
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      Thanks for the link. I am always looking for best practices.

    6. User
      tapforms
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      Wed, 18 Nov 2009 21:33:21 +0000
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      So far I really like the submissions by Hezral and Webad. #123 and #118 are my favourites so far. It's going to get difficult to pick a winner!

      Brendan

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      tapforms
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      Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:20:05 +0000
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      Hi everyone,

      In the article to the iPhone app icon best practices, pay particular attention to the Details section. Some of those icons have incredible details and shading. You know what they say... "the devil is in the details". Every pixel in this icon should be slaved over to make perfect. Well, perhaps that's the next step after I pick a winner. :-)

      Thanks,

      Brendan

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      IADina
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      Wed, 18 Nov 2009 09:53:35 +0000
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      Thanks CH its a nice link :)

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      99designs
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      Tue, 17 Nov 2009 22:49:42 +0000
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      The contest holder has increased the guaranteed prize from $150 to $200, fully prepaid to 99designs.

    10. User
      tapforms
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      Tue, 17 Nov 2009 22:30:40 +0000
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      Hello Designers,

      If you haven't already read it, here's a good article on best practices for iPhone app icon design:

      http://pixelresort.com/blog/iphone-…practises/

      Thanks,

      Brendan

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      Tue, 17 Nov 2009 22:11:42 +0000
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      AshokJingar, There was no gloss on #5. It has a nice metallic sheen to the border which I like. The gloss I'm talking about that I don't like is the standard gloss that most iPhone icons have. It is put there automatically by Apple, but the developer can tell Apple to turn that off when you build your app.

      Winslow, yes #81 is very nice. I've responded to the designer already. I like the blue-print sketch look and the splash of colour, but I don't like the actual pen, or whatever that is. The one with the rings on the right was very interesting, but there were too many rings I think.

      Thanks,

      Brendan

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      Winslow
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      Tue, 17 Nov 2009 21:33:12 +0000
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      #81 is verrrrrry nice!!

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      AshokJingar
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      Tue, 17 Nov 2009 17:59:59 +0000
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      Hi, I though you said 'No Gloss', but icons like #5 (which looks cool btw) do have Gloss, unless what you mean by Gloss is different to what I mean. Can you clear this up please?

      Thanks, AJ

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      i_dezign
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      Tue, 17 Nov 2009 04:23:05 +0000
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      Hi CH,

      Thanks for your feedback. Just wanted to know if I was heading in the right direction.

      Regards,
      i_dezign

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      tapforms
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      Tue, 17 Nov 2009 02:09:52 +0000
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      Hello i_dezign,

      I responded to your proposal. I'm sorry, but the top-down look is not what I am going for. I really like so far design #56 because it has elements of my old logo, plus the concept of the 3 tier database cylinder. It even looks like 3 iPhone text input fields also, which my original icon was based upon. So it sort of brings a bunch of the elements I like all together without being too busy or distracting.

      Thanks!

      Brendan

      P.S. I'm sorry if I'm a little slow in responding to anyone here. I'm on vacation in Las Vegas right now so I'm responding when I can get back to a Wifi connection in my hotel :-)

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      i_dezign
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      Tue, 17 Nov 2009 01:23:57 +0000
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      Hi CH,
      Any feedback on my proposals?

      Thanks.

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