The user always experiences an application visually first and therefore it has become mandatory for investors to stand out from the beginning of their entry into the market. This article consists of all the secrets needed to create a banger application icon, which plays a vital role in etching an impression in the user’s mind.
The app icon! A good icon can reveal a lot about the potential of the application and its usefulness to the users at once. Therefore, many companies are spending lots and lots of resources just for creating the perfect icon for their applications. Your application can either be “the star” or “nothing” amongst thousands of other applications based on the icon you draw for your application. But don’t worry, we will provide you with all the information that is strictly followed by the leading giants in the application industry to create eye-catching and memorable designs.
There is not a lot of difference between flat and material designs as both consider simplicity to be the main aspect of the application icon but when noticed, it is a blend of real elements with graphic elements. It has a more rounded and realistic feel to it. The term skeuomorphism can be tossed here as app icons are made as if they are totally inspired by the real world but nowadays it is observing a downfall as more simple designs are replacing them.
Now, let’s move on to the golden rules of constructing an app icon that applies to every operating system!
Different shapes, colors, characteristics, or elements can make a unique app icon. Try to bring out its individuality equally in the app store, installation, or even when a notification is sent to the user. It should be so different from others that users should remember your application immediately if they see the icon.
Keep it closely related to the inner content of the application. Let it be Google or Windows, or let it be Apple, being simple is highly valued. Please note that the applications that need to highlight the graphic visuals are an exception to this case.
Space management is an art and it helps in app icon creation. Keep it spacious, one small logo that describes the app and that is placed correctly, can do wonders and is generally admired by the audiences.
Each color has its significance and can represent different moods or emotions in the context of human psychology. Take advantage of the above-mentioned theory and age-old tricks with colors to attract the attention of users and keep in mind to add a few bright and prominent colors.
Don’t directly use real photographs, it may look very bad when it is smaller. Instead, use an artistic version of it whenever making an application but it should be only a graphically and simplified version of it.
Don’t be easily satisfied with the first ever design you come up with. Check its compatibility with different backgrounds, use a different font style, and its visual appeal with all the concerning factors and if you still think as if it is lacking something, add what is lacking to it. Test it in front of a small crowd and take feedback on how a user experiences it before actually launching it to the public domain.
When making an icon for an application the purpose it serves should be visible. It should look as precise as possible to its real counterpart.
If the specifications of the app icon are as clear and the same as the real object then the users would find it more relatable and use it more often.
Don’t use light fonts or transparent effects if done so, it can disappear in the middle of a dark background or crowded screen. So, it is better to use bright colors and not include any transparent components in the making of the icon.
There have been many successful rip-off applications in history and as time passes by new applications will take their place but the originals will stay forever. Original ideas are always appreciated and the same goes for the application icon. If your application is a look-alike of some other application then the users would rather use the real one.
Making an icon for an application requires more than it looks, but there is a simple solution to this problem.
Hire us, we are a team of highly experienced professionals, quick, and efficient and we have successfully delivered thousands of designs for application icons that helped businesses express their purpose to their users and in return, users received the best experience out of it.
Mevil Bhojani is the Co- Founder of Alian Software. A technical expert helping more than 100+ Fortune companies in developing cutting-edge custom software using the leading technologies by providing talented and skilled resources.