Design

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Design

As well as make cool software I also do icon, web and application design, with a focus on the Mac and iOS software market. My price for an application icon for Mac or iOS starts at £300/$500. For a bespoke quote get in touch and tell me what you need. I’m happy to offer discounts to students, hobbyists and non-profits.

Why icons matter

As the first point of contact between your software and your customers, an application’s icon is an important part of the user experience. For many indie developers their application’s icon is also the most important part of their branding. With an ever more competitive landscape, it’s crucial to stand out and try to convey as much of your application’s identity and quality as possible.

Icons also play a key role within applications and their quality can have a large impact on the usability of your software. Is their meaning concise? Do they use sensible metaphors? Are the colours consistent and meaningful?

With years of experience in designing icons for both my own applications and my clients, I can help deliver you an excellent Mac or iOS icon, toolbar and button icons and other application graphics.

Going flat out

The recent “flat style” trend kicked off by Microsoft with their Metro design language and later adopted by Apple in iOS 7, means many developers are looking to update their icons to remove unnecessary elements and textures. Getting the balance right between detail and minimalism isn’t always easy but we believe the middle-road as exemplified by our iKanji touch and iKana touch icons is the right approach for most applications. Retaining familiarity and friendliness while looking at home on iOS 7.

iOS 6 vs iOS 7 style icon

How the design process works

I’m often asked what is involved in designing an icon or website so here is a run down of the process.

  1. You give me a design brief – this can be as specific as a rough sketch on the back of a napkin or just a list of ideas you would like your website or icon to convey.
  2. I’ll give you a quote based on how much work I think your project will take.
  3. The next stage is to agree on how the final design will look. I’ll provide sketches and mockups and discuss my ideas with you.
  4. Once the design is agreed upon, I’ll get down to work implementing it for you. I’ll check with you along the way to make sure you’re happy with how things are progressing.
  5. Any last minute alterations are made and I hand off the deliverables to you.

Please note

  • I’m happy to provide you with Photoshop, Illustrator and other ‘master’ documents once a project is completed and paid for.
  • I can provide icons prepared for web use (e.g. baked in rounded corners on an iOS icon) as well as all the sizes needed to be included in your app and for App Store submission. Just let me know what you need.
  • I won’t ask for up-front payment, but I don’t do ‘spec work‘ / work for free – even if you don’t ultimately use my design.
  • If you want to make significant changes late in the design process it may incur additional costs.
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