Just a little preview of what I’m currently working on. I’ll be uploading an APK when they’re all done.
Just so you know, I can’t take credit for the design of several of these icons since I literally copied a few of them from dribbble shots that inspired me haha. A lot of the time I see concept designs on dribbble and I want to use them on my phone so I trace them on illustrator.
Anyway even though a few of them are copied, I tried to stick to a similar style for the rest of them, which is proving to be a pretty interesting design exercise. I also wanted to go for a brighter colour scheme than the one in the dribbble so I’ve included a screenshot of my intended colour scheme aswell!
Haha well I just couldn’t resist making a dark version of the Clean White Icons. I still had the Illustrator files with all the vectors so it was quick and easy really, only took a couple of hours. However I did keep getting stuck on one problem.
When saving for web in Photoshop, the icon base kept showing up jarring white ‘halo’ outlines when I tested them on my phone! So annoying. I spent about half an hour trying to figure out what the issue was, (I was saving them as PNG24s so it wasn’t a GIF/PNG8 transparency problem), then I just took the decision to do the whole thing in Illustrator so that I could just get on with it. Usually I do the vectors in Illustrator then copy them over to Photoshop because I’m generally a bit quicker at using Photoshop.
Anyway yeah enjoy these icons! Now that there’s white and dark versions you can get some good contrast on any type of background. I’ve posted some pics below screenshots from my Nexus 5.
If you like these icons and want to use them on your phone you can get them here:
Finally! Here they are, the icons I’ve been working on the past week in whatever spare time I could get. Overall I like the final result and I think they conform to the brief that I set, which you can see over at HollisterDesign.
All of them are original vectors drawn by me on Illustrator.
They’re all clean and simple and allow the brand colours to come through.
AND they’re all available to use on any android phones that are HDPI and up!!
So if you want to use them, go ahead! You can download them all here:
If you notice any design changes to the site, its because I’m unifying the themes between both this site and my second wordpress site HollisterDesigns as well as my Twitter account: adam_hollister.
Also just got my brand new Nexus 5 in the post a few days ago! Really loving it at the moment…Such a beautiful screen, and a great resolution for viewing the web on. So I’ll likely be designing some new icons soon optimized for xxxhdpi when inspiration strikes again…
Here are my final set of icons I have been designing recently. I actually finished these a good week or so ago, however I haven’t been able to upload them here until now. Anyway I hope you like them! I have included a link to a dropbox folder where you can download all of these icons onto your phone for your own use.
About a month ago, I was asked whether I’d be up for doing a theme for a specific site, namely the awesome chinese smartphone review site: http://www.multicorechina.com.
I had some free time today so I decided to put together what I hope will be a satisfactory android theme for these guys.
I used Nova Launcher for this one (mainly because I’m testing my new icons on Apex at the moment which would usually be my default launcher). Grid size 12×12. No shadows. Settings set to allow widgets to resize over each other.
You can use this theme too! All the files needed are in this Dropbox folder —(https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0qmouhaa0bdnfyv/DZmcLGPIq-)—. You just have to apply the settings I have described above, download the wallpaper (multicorechina new.png) and place the pre-made widgets on top.
Place the muticorechina.uzip on the first homescreen at the bottom and stretch it out so it covers the bottom row. Take the multicorechina screen 2.uzip and stretch it out to cover the entire second page. Then use Simple RSS Widget displaying this feed: http://multicorechina.com/feed/ and stretch it over the screen 2 widget to get MultiCoreChina posts directly on your homescreen!
Its a great way to keep up to date on news and reviews about chinese smartphones from a great site!
See MultiCoreChina in the flesh at multicorechina.com