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…Jon Hicks is an icon master?

Jon Hicks FontExplorer Icon

Jon Hicks is probably most famous for his designing of the Firefox and Thunderbird icons, but it’s also interesting to take a look into his design process for other icons as well and see how they evolve into a final design.

Recently, he finished a series of icon designs for the Linotype FontExplorer app (aka FEX), including 280 new icons in several different sizes, and he uses his blog to highlight some of the initial concepts sketches for the Pro and Server editions, as well as some hurdles faced along the way.

[Hicks Design – FontExplorer]

[Via: Drawn!]

…Matt Gemmell plays Favorites?

Favorites

Matt Gemmell created Favorites for the iPhone, a ‘Speed-dial with style’ application that lets you dial your contacts by face instead of name, and created a very thorough and lengthy blog post about UI design decisions he made along the way, as well as some of the lessons learned during the development process with regard to creating software interfaces for the iPhone.

If you’re the type of person that enjoys knowing the decisions behind the design, then this post is for you, as it leaves no stone unturned in the quest to build the perfect app.

[Matt Gemmell – Favorites]

…Flow has an amazing icon?

Flow

A popular program’s icon is something that you probably interact with on a daily basis, so it’s always interesting to get into the mind of an icon designer to see just what decisions they’re making during their design process.

Sebastiaan de With is the man behind the new icon for Flow (an FTP client for the Mac that is heavy on both form and function) and his work is fantastic.

The end result is a swirl (or is it a flow) of colors that grabs the eye and demands clickage, but the steps that he takes to get to that end result are what’s interesting.

Flow there now.

[Cocoia Blog – Designing Flow’s Icon: Our Favorite Attractor]

[Flow]

[Via: Shawn Blanc]