20 beautiful examples of app icons
iPhone app icons design has come a long way since 2008, when Apple first released their app store. The majority of the first non-Apple apps to be released were from developers who were still finding their feet â€“ and often the design or build quality wasnâ€™t quite up to scratch. In the last 5 years, however, things have improved significantly, and now great design is a requirement, not just a â€śnice to haveâ€ť.
Beautiful design doesnâ€™t just apply to the app itself, of course. The icon is the first interaction a user will have with the product, as itâ€™s the first thing they see on the app store, and then the first thing they see when itâ€™s actually downloaded on their device. A well-designed icon is likely to result in more downloads, and more people trying out your app.
When designing an icon, keep in mind that there are a huge range of different styles that you could choose. You can opt for a minimalist, stark and clean style, or a skeuomorphic, highly detailed and realistic icon – or anything in-between). No matter what technique and style you choose, itâ€™s possible to create something stunning with enough care and attention.
Iâ€™ve collected some examples of my favourite app icon designs to help give you some inspiration. If youâ€™re working on an iOS app (or thinking about designing one), hopefully this post will help give you a nudge in the right direction.
5. Billings Pro Touch
10. My Tally Counter
15. Combination Lock
16. Michel Thomas
17. Screen Candy
18. Every Time Zone
19. Kiwi Camera
20. Interior Design for iPad
Have you come across any creative, thoughtfully designed and beautiful app icons that youâ€™d like to share? Weâ€™d love to hear about them in the comments.
David works for Radley, who create beautifully designed handbags. Outside of work, he builds web apps and enjoys learning user interface design.