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iOS 7 Mac icon project: FaceTime and an important announcement

We turn our attention to FaceTime, and address an issue that's concerned us for a while...

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Today’s icon is FaceTime, and with it came a rather annoying and disappointing realisation.
After grabbing a quick screenshot of iOS 7 featuring the FaceTime icon, I started putting together the design with its iOS 7-inspired bright green colouring. However, once I put it in the Dock next to the other icons (especially Messages), the other looked bland and washed out in comparison.

It was then that I realised that my colours had been based on a TIFF file, rather than a JPEG or PNG, and having opened it in Preview rather than directly in Pixelmator, the colours had ended up being incorrect. Seeing as I’d used this image for the majority of the icons so far, it dawned on me that the error went further than just the Messages icon.

So, today I did two things. First, I created the FaceTime icon, mixing the colouring and icon shape from iOS 7 with the design for OS X and coming up with an icon I’m really happy with. Secondly, I went back through my previous designs with a brand new iOS 7 screenshot, correcting all the colours that were wrong and generally making the whole icon set a lot more vibrant, as you’ll be probably notice from the screenshot of FaceTime below:

facetime-in-dock

Not all the icons needed updating; below are links back to the original posts, which have been updated to include the new designs. I haven’t erased the old designs, as some people may still prefer them. Below those on this page are links to my other designs, which have remained unchanged, so there’s no need to re-download them. There’s a before and after shot at the bottom of this post, too, so you can see the differences.

Apologies for the confusion caused here, and for my foolishness. I’m annoyed that I missed it for so long (I knew there was something wrong with the colouring on the Messages icon!) but I’m glad I caught it now before I designed the entire set of icons. Let me know if you have any issues with the icons now and I’ll do my best to help.

Updated icons

App Store
          
iTunes
           
Messages
           
Safari
          
Reminders

App Store              iTunes              Messages               Safari             Reminders

Unchanged icons

Finder
          
Launchpad
          
Mail
          
Notes

Finder               Launchpad                Mail                   Notes

Photobooth
          
Contacts
          
Dashboard
          
Mission Control

Photo Booth
        Contacts            Dashboard     Mission Control

FaceTime

before-and-after
The difference is quite subtle in some of the designs, but larger in others. Click for a larger view.

 

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