Thursday, April 25, 2013

Polishing Windows 8 ‘Metro’ Live Tile Icons

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I have been using Windows 8 for a few months now and have already gotten quite used to the new Metro Modern interface. However, I had some petty issues with some of the pre-installed Live Tile Icons not really expressing very well the app and just not looking right (which I know is relative to my own liking)

So when I had an extra hour I decided to polish some of Windows 8 Modern UI Icons into what I believe is more easier to understand, simple yet still consistent with the whole idea of the Modern UI design language.

Continue reading on the next page for a brief explanation on the changes.

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The flap behind was just not doing it for me so I made a sharper lower corner having it look like an actual folder newspaper.

Mail can’t get any simpler than an envelope. I think it works well. Just tweaked and made the flap line a little thicker.
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I made the heads bigger and less rounded. Also made the shoulders look normal and not like someone with scoliosis.

Calendar just looks fine. Refined it a little
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The camera looks a little different than the rest of the icons. So I tweaked the lens and centered it.

Made the sun simpler with less rays
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Briefcase looks fine but it can be mistaken for business attaché case. Just made the handle rounded and added straps. Though I think that it could also stand without the straps for a more simpler look.

Nothing new here, but still just tweaked it along with the rest.
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Refined the trophy and added a star because every sporting event has some sort of a star right? or I just like Mario.
Made the container shape a little sharper on the corners, but rounded also works great (as with all containers). Was just thinking of it as the Surface PC.

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Less mountain tips and longer sun rays. More space on the bottom for the Polaroid-feel.
Adjusted the shape of the band and the ear foams. Made lines thicker.

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Couldn’t use the Xbox logo as Microsoft might be moving it to something more than “gaming”. So maybe just making the Xbox circle a little bigger.
Maps icon was a little weird to look at at first. So I made a Google-like marker using the Bing Maps pin creating a focal point on the icon.



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