Tag Archive for ‘Icon’

Slack Gets a New Logo ➝

I can understand Slack wanting to make some changes to their branding. Their previous logo could have used a little refinement, but honestly, this new design looks so terribly bland. It looks like the logo for a generic banking application not a cool, growing messaging app for businesses.

Getting rid of the “S” in the logo was probably the right move — I’m not typically a fan of letters within logos, especially when they aren’t symmetrical. But why get rid of the plaid? It was so distinctively Slack. It’s the sort of thing they should have leaned into, but instead we get this boring new icon on our home screens.

I have Slack open all day while I work and rather than have to see that new logo in my dock, I’ve replaced it with this pleasant alternative by Ronnie Johnson. If you’ve never replaced a logo on a Mac app, the process is pretty simple:

  • Right click on the Slack app in Finder.
  • Choose “Get Info”.
  • Drag and drop the .icns file onto the small icon in the upper-left of the “Get Info” window.

As for iOS, I stuck the Slack app deep inside of a folder and created a Shortcut to launch it with the “Open App” action. Then I added the Shortcut to my home screen using this image as the icon.

The biggest downside to this setup on iOS is that the notification badge now appears on the folder instead of the application itself. But I probably shouldn’t be launching the app too frequently outside of work hours anyway. And on iPhone, I can always force touch the folder to show a list of apps inside with notifications.

New App Store, Maps, and Clock Icons in Latest iOS 11 Beta ➝

The new Maps and Clock icons are solid improvements over their previous iterations, but the App Store icon feels like a bad joke. It looks like a lazy, elementary school art project made out of popsicle sticks.

(Via AppleInsider.)

The Colors of an App Icon ➝

Stuart Hall takes a look at common icon colors of some of the most popular iOS applications. There’s a a lot of blue, red, and green with very little pink and purple.

Neven Mrgan: ‘Jony Ive’s Icon Grid in iOS 7 is Wrong’ ➝

Regarding the grid Apple debuted as a guide for icon designers:

No icon designer I’ve asked thinks Ive’s grid is helpful. In that sense, it’s wrong. The large circle is too big. Many apps in iOS 7 use it: all the Store apps, Safari, Messages, Photos… In all these icons, the big shape in the center is simply too big.

I was intrigued by the new icons in iOS 7 because I liked the direction they were going, but I couldn’t put my finger on why they looked so weird to me. Neven explains it quite well and once I read his piece I couldn’t stop seeing how big those inner circles are on many of Apple’s icons. They look terrible.

I’m still not sure about the rounded corners on the new icons but I’m certain I’ll grow into them. However, the size of the guide’s inner circle is something that will bug me until Apple encourages designers to change or the designer community decides that Apple is wrong.

Ben Brooks on the Color Blue ➝

I love the color blue. But it doesn’t need to be in every application icon. Out of the nine icons in my dock, six use the color blue.