12 Jul Overwhelming Response.
Category: Icon Design

A response to all your responses.

It’s been a while, and in between all the copious client work (noticed the veiled icon on Icon Designer? First one to guess what app it’s about gets gentleman’s honour!) I thought it would be nice to do a blog post after all the releases. I think I’ve been quite silent since the Designer Icons set.

The War on Bad Design icon set has gone ballistic. It’s been in Apple’s Top Downloaded (of all categories) and it’s now on InterfaceLIFT, where it has also gained a place in the first page of the most downloaded files. Reception has been fantastic and I’ve gotten thoughtful emails, comments, or instant messages with kind words. Now that the submission process of the Designer Icons is underway, I hope it will be as well received as my last set.

Time never stops, however, so the design of icons goes on. Apart from the various applications that will soon open shop showing off my design, the Designer Icons set has gotten considerable input in terms of what icons should be ‘designer-ified’. Here’s a list.






Interface Builder






System Preferences


Font Book


Keynote / Powerpoint

There are some others slated, of course, but I will guarantee you this much. Some people have also been asking for some insight in the creative process. Well, I’ll write up more as my portfolio unfolds itself, even some very nice, long, articles about icon design that I will release eventually, but for now, you can get some tips for improving icon design or starting it.

I start my day with a cup of coffee, my RSS reader, and a browser with a random selection of icons every time I open it. The Macthemes forum and all work that is being done out there (deviantART, interfaceLIFT, etc.) is a great inspiration. Experimenting is key on making better designs, so I always sketch and dabble in Photoshop to see if I can express miscellaneous ideas that bubble up in my mind.

I’ll touch on the creative process more in a few days, but until then, you can still expect nice releases and perhaps even technical posts.

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3 Responses

  1. 1

    I think I shouldn’t ‘guess’ what the veiled icon is about. Wouldn’t be fair. ;)

  2. 2
    Ryan G. 

    The veiled icon is flow…

  3. 3

    How about a new icoon and skin for little snitch, kismac and pithhelmet.
    It would be so nice to see those with a Praetorian touch.


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