iOS 7 Icon Set Redesign

July 23, 2013 § 1 Comment

A set of icons for iOS7 on iPhone

iOS7 icon set redesign

Finally found some time this weekend to put my own take of iOS7 into pixels. See the full project right here!

Quick thoughts: It is worth saying that whatever the reaction to the icon designs for iOS7, the UX will as ever be perfect, Apple needed a big modern update, and the general public will not care. I personally like the more minimal, flat, vibrant approach for iOS7. My issue is that a lot of the icons look very lazy to me, especially the Newsstand, Calendar, and Weather apps. For my own take I tried to maintain a similar colour palette, although less vibrant, reduced the icon corner radius and made the inner guides more central. You can see my icon template here and my colour palette right here.

The redesign and original icons for comparison

Comparison view

Colour palette, icon template and icons

iOS7 elements, colour palette and icon template guide

Apple iPhone 5 render with the redesigned icons

iOS7 iPhone device render

 

Special Mentions to:
Brilliant Safari icon from Frank Rodriquez.
Game Centre icon motivated by Joseph Wachira.

Disney Characters Re-Imagined as Hipster College Students

June 21, 2013 § 1 Comment

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Hercules

Disney characters re-imagined as hipster college students by Spanish artist Rubén aka Hyung86. More of his Disney work on his Deviant Art page here.

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Prince Adam

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Mulan

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Aladdin

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Alice

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Peter Pan

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Tinkerbell

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Tarzan

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Aurora

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Belle

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Cinderella

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Jasmine

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Eric

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Snow White

Beautiful Legend Of Zelda Graphic Posters

May 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Six Of The Best Creative Advertising This Friday

May 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Enjoy more of my favourite adverts from my Great Advertising Pinterest board.

New Zealand, Come Visit Us Down Underer! Murray’s Tourism Posters From Flight Of The Conchords

May 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

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All of Murray Hewitt’s New Zealand tourism posters from his consulate office in Flight of the Conchords – one of my all-time favourite tv comedies!

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The Best Free Resources For Graphic Designers: Websites, Icons, Templates, Mockups and Tutorials

May 14, 2013 § 11 Comments

Over the past couple of years alongside my University degree I have taught myself how to use graphic design software and have had a lot of help from stumbling across free resources along the way. It seems whenever I talk to another creative, we both have these favourite free locations or items the other doesn’t know about and so I thought I would put together a post and share them all! This list contains works and sites from many designers and some from myself; a few are downloadable files and others are websites that offer help in other ways – but all are free!


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1. Magazine mockup: Two really great digital magazine psd mockups by Carlos Viloria. An open spread version here and a double page spread with cover version here.

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2. stationary set: A fantastic free stationary mockup set here, including business cards, envelopes, letterheads, iPads, iPhones and other branding elements.

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3. social media icon set: My own free and complete social media icon set, a nice collection of psd social icons here, and a set of png social icons.

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4. iPhone templates: A great collection of 20 different iPhone 5 mockups from different angles here, another version here with a model hand holding the device, and a simple front view of a white and black iPhone 5 here.

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5. iPad templates: iPad 2 front view psd here, a nice angled shot of the iPad Mini here in psd format (which I tend to use to showcase tablet-designed designs in general), and three viewpoints of the iPad Mini White in psd format here.

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6. Apple Computer templates: Front view MacBook Pro psd here, angled MacBook Air here, front view of the MacBook Air that I also use a lot (big fan of this one!), Apple keyboard psd here, and a nice iMac psd mockup here to complete the set.

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7. Free UI kit: A great clean UI kit here that would work for anyone, a really nice Apple Safari Lion UI set here, a UI icon kit here, and a brilliant Metro psd UI kit that took someone a long time to create!

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8. Icons: A fantastic set of pixel perfect psd icons that I used a lot when I first started UI work, some simple UI icons here that I think look great, the amazing ‘climacons’ by Adam Whitcroft here (that I think every designer in the world uses), and another set of web icons with a nice layer style here.

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9. Browser Template: An Apple Safari Browser psd template here to showcase your web designs or display sites – another of mine.

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10. PSD template: Here are a few of my favourite psd templates that can be used for anything. Firstly, a browser magnify psd to zoom and highlight design details, a set of amazing horizontal paper psd rule lines to break up content, a wooden bookcase psd similar to the iBook store design, and a set of psd stitch graphics.

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11. thenounproject.com: The holy grail of icon websites. Up until very recently this site was completely free although now you are encouraged to credit the original designer or pay a dollar or two to wave the action. Thousands of icons, easily categorised and vectored – thenounproject.com

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12. Abduzeedo: This website is great for general inspiration and discovering interesting new design work across the world. It also has a brilliant and huge archive of step-by-step tutorials for Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, Pixelmator and others (I essentially taught myself layer styles using this site). Every Friday they also release a few free fonts to add to your collection.

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13. subtlepatterns.com: An incredible free resource for digital designers. Subtlepatterns.com contains hundreds of free downloadable digital patterns to add a touch of texture to your screen designs – subtlepatterns.com

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14. Adobe TV: If you are just starting out using design software, or if you have stumbled upon these free downloads and wonder how to use them, then Adobe TV is a great place to start. Discover free and easily digestible tutorial videos outlining the key things to get started – Adobe TV.

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15. Kuler.adobe.com: A great place to find colour palettes for your project; organised, well presented, and again, completely free – kuler.adobe.com

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16. The Chive: Because everyone needs a break… – thechive.com

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