Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 make it possible to pin your site to the Metro start screen as a new tile. The tile then is a bookmark to your site and you can control the icon and background color being used.
So, what to do when everyone seem to release iPad icons but fail to include some crisp small size icons? Pushing the pixels for yourself of course. So here’s my take on the smaller sizes of an Apple iPad icon, called iPixelPad in the sizes 48px, 32px and 16px. Everything drawn pixel-perfect from scratch. Heck, even the wallpaper.
Delibar from Shiny Frog is a delicious.com desktop client for OS X which sits in your menubar and gives you quick access to your bookmarks on delicious. But the default menubar icon and the other interface icons look quite disturbing so I’ve made these simple replacement icons for the Delibar interface.
Here’s a quick twitter icon for use on your websites which is kind of a by-product from one of my last projects. But I would consider it a waste to just bury this deep in my filesystem so I think it’s best I’m throwing this out to you.
I’ve just released my own coffee cup icon, enjoy:
A friend of mine asked me to craft an icon for his external hard drive case and I would like to share those with you too. These desktop icons show the the silver and black Icy Box external aluminium case with USB interface and are intended as a replacement for the generic external hard disk icon in Mac OS X Leopard.
These two desktop icons show the Camera Obscura as it was used by Nicéphore Niépce in an Aperture and iPhoto style and are intended as an homage to him. Nicéphore Niépce made it first possible to preserve an image taken with a camera obscura in 1826 or 1827 by using a special mixture of bitumen on a pewter plate, naming it Heliography.
If you enjoyed the Indiana Jones movies than this first of four desktop icon sets is a must have for you. Icon Designer Anthony Piraino crafted some beautiful items from Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark movie.
After i released my Aperture File Types icon set many of you asked how they can really use these icons for displaying the icons of images on your Mac system. Sadly this isn’t as easy as dropping them in Candybar into a well for image icons cause there isn’t any well for them. So using other icons as standard file type icons for images is a bit tricky. I discovered two ways of doing it, which involves overwriting resources of Preview.app and Photoshop. So before doing anything I mention in this post, you should make a backup copy of them.
Nice article on Smashing Magazine by Kate England. It’s the Human Interface Guidelines for icons in a nutshell: Mac OS X Leopard: Designer’s Guide to Icons:
To get really beautiful icons, Apple recommends that you let a professional designer create your icons. Despite all the eye candy and realism that is possible to apply to icons, less is more. Strive for a simple solution using one easily recognisable object. The basic shape or silhouette of your icon can help users to quickly identify it. If you aim for an international market, your symbols need to also be internationally recognizable providing Worldwide Compatibility.
These icons are free for your personal use and include icons for all file types Apple’s Aperture 2.0 can handle (.jpeg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .pdf, .psd, .arw, .cr2, .crw, .mos, .nef, .raf, .raw, .srw, .tif, .oly, .fff, .3fr, .dng, .mrw, .pef, .srf, .orf).