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…

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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

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Work in Progress – New Icons

Work in Progress - New Icons

I’ve actually stuck with the same homescreen layout (Flat Colourful Icons) for more than a week! For me this is actually pretty rare, even if I’m not uploading designs here, I’m usually working on something all the time, either on photoshop (or more recently Sketch 2) at home, or UCCW when on buses, trains etc. Sketch 2 is the program I’m using to design these icons. I downloaded the program 2 days ago and I’m currently using the free trial, but there’s no doubt about it I’m buying a license for this software as soon as my trial is over! I couldn’t recommend it more to anyone who is into UI or icon design, it’s essentially a simplified version of Illustrator and, even though it only costs £35, it’s an extremely powerful design tool. Check it out on the App Store and keep posted for my final version of this icon set, I’ll be uploading a link to the PNGs when they’re finished so you can use them on your own phone.

The icons I am planning on making are:
Reminders, Browser, Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Clock, Dots, Dribbble, Droidedit, Dropbox, Email, Files, Facebook, Flipboard, Gallery, Google, IMDb, Maps, Texts, Music, Contacts, Phone, Pinterest, Play Store, Pocket, Settings, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter, UCCW, Vine, Whatsapp.

If anyone needs any others please let me know via comments :)

Flat Colourful Icons

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Here’s a minimal theme I created today using UCCW widgets and icons made in photoshop. I used ADW EX launcher which is unusual for me, just because it allowed me to resize the homescreens nicely to create bigger margins than other launchers would be able to do. Also please note that inspiration for this theme comes entirely from here:http://theultralinx.com/2013/08/ios-7-redesign-completely-flat-minimal.html

with some help from the PSD you can download here:http://theultralinx.com/2013/08/ultraicons.html

I went for smaller sized glyphs than Ultralinx and several of the icons are completely original due to them not being included in the photos/PSDs, such as dropbox, gmail etc.

Hope you like!

All the files needed can be found right here!:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0kmnlyqnq91wuob/yTyS26l_EZ

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Nexus Minimal

Nexus Minimal

I’ve probably been neglecting my blog here for a few weeks now, mainly due to work taking up a lot of my time and I’m also using a lot of my spare time to teach myself web design and development. Anyway I figured I’d upload something new this afternoon so I made this homescreen for my Nexus 7 tablet! Built on photoshop and using UCCW widgets, this is a really simple screen but I’m quite enjoying using it at the moment. So hopefully I’ll be able to come up with something else sometime soon, I’m thinking of compiling a list of some of my favourite screens from http://www.mycolorscreen.com and writing a post about them here so keep posted for that and new homescreens/icons. :)