At long last, Pixelmator has be given the iOS 7 icon treatment! The app has been one of the most regularly-requested redesigns so far, and seeing as I’ve used Pixelmator to make every icon in the iOS 7 Mac icon project so far, it seems only fitting that it’s getting it’s own design.
This one has taken a while, though, because it was really difficult to get right. The current Mac icon is far removed from the iOS 7 styling, so a completely new idea was needed. I started by sketching out a layered icon to denote the image editing capabilities of the app, while maintaining the 2D nature of the design, like below.
After experimenting with this design, I just couldn’t get it to work with the brush (which I was determined to include in the design). The colours of the background layers were making it difficult to see the brush without a border, which also didn’t look right. After several failed efforts, I went back to the drawing board and came up with a new idea. The layers weren’t straight any more, and this allowed the brush to sit comfortably over them without losing its shape in the blocks of colours.