I'm an Indie Macintosh software developer publishing my own software since 1996.
I'm the author of the popular A Better Finder Rename file renamer, its side-kick A Better Finder Attributes, the MacBreakZ personal ergonomic assistant and more recently "The Big Mean Folder Machine" file collection re-organizer.
My target audience are Macintosh users, in particular creative professionals, so a well executed icon is both essential and certain to be appreciated. This is your opportunity to put your design skills in front of tens of thousands of users on a regular basis.
A Better Finder Attributes is used primarily by creative professionals, focusing on digital photographers, website designers, graphics artists but also including the odd system administrator.
The project is to design a new (hopefully better) icon for version 5 of the established A Better Finder Attributes product.
For more complete information on the product check out its homepage:
* Mac OS X icns file with all standard sizes from 512x512
* Original layered image file preferably in PSD format
I don't have my heart set on a particular design, part of your work will be to come up with an icon that reflects the product's purpose and capabilities.
The icon has to be palatable to other graphics designers and photographers in particular. It should look polished but not necessarily "serious"; a bit wacky is okay.
The product icon is going to take up a good chunk of web page real-estate, so it needs to look good as a product logo as well as a product icon; keep an eye out for what it's going to look like on the existing pages:
It would be an advantage if it fitted in well with the icon for its companion product "A Better Finder Rename", but this isn't crucial. Both products can have separate identities.
It might be easier to find common ground with the icon for "The Big Mean Folder Machine". It could be fun to keep with its industrial theme and have a "file" machine open for maintenance, with the cogs and wheels showing.