Published – Flat Candy Icons are on the Play Store

Finally!

After a lot of hard work climbing up some serious learning curves, I have finally published Flat Candy Icons to the Google Play Store. It’s actually been a couple of days since I published the icon pack and so far I’m pretty happy with the results I’m seeing! People are downloading the app at the rate of about 100 people a day, and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive! (I’m sure I’ll get the obligatory 1 star review soon with a comment from someone moaning about how they look ‘ios’).

So yeah a big thank you to everyone who has downloaded Flat Candy Icons so far and an even bigger thank you to anyone who’s left me a 5 star review! 

It’s been a long and, at times, arduous process making this app. In the end I managed to get it to work with a dashboard app that can theme the icons in most launchers with the touch of a button, a button that links to the Google+ community, a button that links to the Play Store screen where you can give the app a rating AND a button that links to another app. This other app is quite cool, another developer turned me onto it.

When you open the Flat Candy Requests app, you are given a screen with a list of all your installed apps, you can then choose the apps that haven’t been themed in the icon pack yet and email me the necessary bits of code to theme them quickly and easily. So if anyone reading this has the icon pack and wants to make requests, use the feature included in the app itself. It will ensure that I can theme your requested icons quicker!

If you’re interested and would like to use these icons on your phone, then go to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hollister.flatcandy and check em out!

So I’ll leave it there and just mention that I’m starting work on the first update which should include over 50 new icons and a bunch of activity fixes.

 

Here are some pretty pictures:

 

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IM MOVING BLOGS!

Hello to the 4 people that might actually read this!

Haha yeah I’m shutting down this blog now and moving over to my new blog which is for android design but also about web design stuff and general design practices.

You can follow me here: http://hollisterdesign.wordpress.com/

Should be fun, you can go there now and read my latest post about my new icon pack that’ll be coming out soon!

 

Thanks and goodbyeeeee!

Flat Candy progress

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Hello everyone! So since the last APK I’ve been working on some changes to the icon pack.

First of all I’ve taken the Apple-style icons and swapped them out with their Google counterparts.

Secondly I’ve changed the green shade in the colour-scheme to fit a bit better, I didn’t feel it was quite right before.

And of course I’ve mainly been working on adding more icons to the pack. I’m determined to have at least 70 icons before I release the next APK, and I’m getting close so I’m looking to finish this set before xmas!

Above is a preview of what I’ve done so far (as of yesterday)

Enjoy!

A Sort of Flatter IOS 7 Redesign

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.

Here’s the shot that inspired me: http://dribbble.com/shots/1109645-A-better-iOS-7?list=searches&tag=ios_7

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!

 

 

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Clean Dark Icons

Well I Couldn’t Resist

 

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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.

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If you like these icons and want to use them on your phone you can get them here:

Clean Dark Icons

 

Here are the White Versions:

Clean White Icons

Clean White Icons

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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:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p0fc1jf85slansx/oqPw9TOVCq

If you don’t know whether you need the HDPI, XHDPI, XXHDPI or XXXHDPI versions for your phone, you can find out here:

http://blog.blundell-apps.com/list-of-android-devices-with-pixel-density-buckets/

 

Hope you enjoy them! Please feel free to critique or leave any advice/thoughts in the comments…

Design Changes

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…

Enjoy!

 

Adam H

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MULTICORECHINA Theme

MULTICORECHINA Theme

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