A week or so ago, Google released version 2 of their Gmail app for iOS, sporting a spiffy, sleek, and slightly whimsical icon. I’ve been using Sparrow for iOS and Mac and have been fairly happy until recently when the lack of push email had me itching to go back to Gmail (on the web). Being used to having a standalone email app, I found FluidApp, an easy way to turn web apps into standalone desktop apps. Handy. Except it lacked an icon.
A couple days ago, Twitter updated it’s logo. No longer will they be using the word ‘Twitter’, or the lowercase ‘t’. Just the bird icon (named Larry) and a simplified version at that. Good for them. Now they join the ranks of Nike, McDonalds, and Starbucks as a brand without a name. Not sure if Twitter is as recognisable as those three, but I like that they’ve taken the step, but I digress… For the second time, I’ve updated my free Twitter For Mac icons.
I’ve updated my original Twitter for Mac app icons. Here are the list of improvements (tap here for a visual comparison). New icons are much cleaner and clearer at the smaller sizes In the 16px and 24px sizes, the Twitter bird is replaced with the ‘t’ logo. Much more crisp and less blobby at 8px wide! The dots on the ‘pro’ version are drawn better through all icons, and can be seen on the smaller sizes The drop shadow behind the bird is a little stronger to help bring it forward to match the metal border The twitter bird is slightly larger in the new icons The grey icons have been made a little darker for better contrast against the metal bits Grey and pro grey are now called black and pro black Again, they’re free!
Details about iOS 5 were announced at WWDC last week. To celebrate, I’ve created a set of icons combining Adobe CS5 and iOS 5, and called it iCS5. Click the above image for a preview and full Application list. Basically, it’s the icons from Adobe’s CS5 Master Collection (plus a few extras) redrawn in a deliciously lickable and touchy Apple iOS style. 21 icons in total. And you can have ’em for nothin’. Note: I don’t actually own the Master Collection, so the apps I’ve icon-ed are taken from the list on Adobe’s website.
Update Jan 2012 I’ve recently had a few people emailing me about troubles they’re having opening the template files. After some back and forwarding, I found these people were on PCs. Billings 3 is a Mac only application. The templates have a custom .bitemplate3 extension only recognisable by this application. I’ve also found if you don’t have Billings 3 installed before you unzip the download package, the system may treat the .bitemplate3 files as folders, rendering them useless. Therefore, please install Billings 3 before you use these templates.
In the spur of the moment I created these 8bit iPad icons based on the old OS9 Macintosh smiley icon we all know and love. And with all the hullabaloo[1. Hullabaloo didn’t give me any issues with spell checker!] about the iPad2’s smart covers, I thought I’d better smash out those as well. You can have the .psd and .png files for free! Don’t know what you’d use them for, but you’re a creative guy or gal; you’ll think of something :) Download the files Download the PSD file (zip file, 461kb) Download the PNG file (png file, 57kb) Free to use and distribute however you wish; just please don’t resell them or claim them as your own work.
Update These icons have now been upgraded (again)! Check out the new Twitter for App icons v3! Well, my prayers have been answered: Tweetie for Mac, my favourite the best desktop Twitter client, has been updated into the official Twitter for Mac app, available from the Mac app store. You need OSX 10.6.6 to get access to the store but, Twitter for Mac is free! Radstix. Now, if you’re already using it, you’ve noticed the icon has changed from the previous icon, in my opinion for the worse.
A few years ago, I saw some scanned pages from a 1969 Matchbox car collector’s catalogue. A few days ago I sat down and went nuts for three days to turn those beautiful illustrations into icons for Mac and Windows. It was tricky; the registration[1. Registration is a printing term meaning the printed colours don’t line up properly. Read more on Wikipedia.] was out on the original print making it difficult to cleanly remove the car from the white background.