Today’s mission was Mail. The finished design looks relatively straightforward, I’ll admit, but it actually took some time to work out. It started out with the simple envelope shape in the blue gradient of the iOS icon. This didn’t really stand out in the Dock, and after a few experiments with colours and borders I decided that a white envelope was not only more recognisable as a shape, it was also easier to see.
One of the regular criticisms of icons in the OS X Dock is that the majority of them are blue. It makes the Dock look uniform and neater, but it also makes icons difficult to locate – you’re unlikely to have that issue with this design. I ditched the design cues of the previous icon completely; the stamp is nice enough, but it just doesn’t fit in Apple’s new design language for iOS. The simple lines and subtle gradient works better, in my opinion, and the rectangle looks nice compared to the circular Safari and iTunes icons I designed earlier this week.
As always, you can find out how to apply these icons in this post, and download the full-size icon below.