20 Stylish and Beautiful Examples of App Icon Design

20 Stylish and Beautiful Examples of App Icon Design

When creating devices like the iPhone and the iPad, Apple raised the bar in terms of hardware design, and – as consumers – increased our expectations. The software they produced, too, had a strong focus on aesthetics, as a badly designed app would stand in a stark contrast compared to the refined and sleek hardware. Other companies quickly followed suit and tasteful, thoughtful and stylish design soon became a requirement for a successful app.

But well designed software also needs something well designed to represent it. A beautiful app can benefit immensely from having a beautifully designed icon that can show it off on the home screen of a phone. Much like how a logo represents a brand, the icon is more important than it looks at first as it comes to represent the app in its entirety, from the marketing materials that promote it, to the logo shown in the app store to being displayed on the device itself. If you’re creating an app for yourself or for a client, don’t forget to pay extra attention to the icon too – it’s more important than it appears at first glance.

I wanted to bring together a collection of some of my favourite app icon designs. Each of these designs are stunning, stylish and look perfectly at home on the shiniest iDevice out there. If you know of any others that you’d like to add to this list, please do share in the comments!

1. InstaQuote

q app
Source: http://www.redcact.us/#instaquote

2. 360 Cities

360 cities icon

Source: http://www.360cities.net/mobile-app

3. iHomework

ihomework icon

Source: http://ihomework.element84.com/iOS.html

4. Leica Raw Edition

leica icon
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1314154-Leica-Raw-Edition-iOS-icon

5. Puzzlejuice

puzzlejuice icon
Source: http://puzzlejuicegame.com/

6. Keychain

keychain icon
Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1313211-Keychain-App-Icon

7. Slot Machine

slot machine icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1312624-Slot-Machine-Icon

8. Direct Message for Weibo

weibo icon

Source: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/direct-message-for-weibo/id615295666

9. Flower App Icon

flower app icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1301327-App-icon

10. Rocket Icon

rocket icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1300271-ROCKET-App-icon

11. MusiXmatch

musixmatch icon

Source: http://musixmatch.com/

12. Tweetbot

tweetbot icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1292845-Tweetbot-iOS-7-Andrea-Ripamonti

13. Dujour

dujour icon

Source: http://dujour.it/

14. Moldiv

moldiv icon

Source: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moldiv-collage-photo-editor/id608188610

15. Hooov

hooov icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1290646-Hooov-App-Icon

16. Surfaid

surfaid icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1287311-Surfaid-App-Icon

17. Tweepr

tweeper icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1285016-Tweepr-Icon

18. Mailbox

mailbox icon

Source: http://www.mailboxapp.com/

19. Reconiz

reconize icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1280452-Reconiz-App-Icon

20. Ico

ico icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/1309049-ico

Which of these app icons do you like best? Are there any that you’ve discovered that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear what you’ve got to say in the comments!

David works for Radley, who create beautiful handbags. In his spare time he enjoys studying graphic, web and user interface design.

Featured Image Credit: Fab

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December 7, 2013

I liked the Dujour icon. It looks 3D. But all others are equally impressive. Kudos to the designers.

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February 16, 2014

Some of those icons looks very nice as they are 3D designs but I don’t think they will fit the latest IOS7 as it not so vivid in color.

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