The iOS App Icon Book Review

The iOS App Icon Book Review

It’s been almost 15 years since the first iPhone was launched and almost as many since the inception of Apple’s App Store. Over that time, millions of apps have found their way onto Apple devices, each with its own distinctive icon. As a relatively new art form, the iOS app icon book is unlike most other art books you’ll come across.

About the book

The iOS App Icon Book offers an array of iPhone app icons from the past decade. You might remember some of those iconic iOS app designs, and some you might not have seen before.

Danish designer Michael Flarup has been working on the book since 2018. He took his passion for app icons and design and turned it into a stunning coffee table book. What started as a Kickstarter campaign has become a highly anticipated project. It’s easy to see that this book was born out of a love for the art of icon design.

The iOS app icon book also comes with a thank you note with an “Iconist” sticker and a stencil designed by the author that he uses in his work. It’s a nice twist on an already beautiful book.

Along the way, you’ll not only appreciate the thought and work that went into these designs, but you might also learn something. Additionally, the author clarifies that this is not a manual for designing app icons, but offers information for those interested in the craft.

There doesn’t seem to be many rhymes or reasons why the icons made the cut. Flarup includes many of its own pieces, as it has created some over the years – you can even see the metamorphosis of various icons as they have updated over time. You’ll recognize many of these apps by only seeing its icon.

Artist projectors

Within its 163 pages, you’ll find various app icon artist spotlights, with interview questions about their careers. Here we see Australian artist Marc Edwards. The interview shows how he got started designing app icons, his current work setup, tips on how to get started, and more. This rare information gives us a glimpse of the faces behind some of these famous app icons.

While it’s easy for an Apple blogger to enjoy this book, it’s not for everyone. As the title of the book suggests, App Icons are purely iOS related – so don’t try to give this book to your hardcore Android friend. However, it is a great gift for digital art lovers and Apple enthusiasts. It’s a fantastic way to appreciate and preserve the art of technology that we use so often today. It also shows us where we came from and allows us to celebrate progress.

Pre-order iOS app icon Book now

You can pre-order The iOS App Icon Book for €60 with orders now shipping. The book is purely a physical hard copy and there are no plans to release a digital version.

Let us know in the comments if you plan on picking up a copy.

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