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25 Best iOS App Icons

Posted by Jon Yongfook — 11 Jan 2013

An app's icon is the first impression a user has about what your app does and can have a major influence on impulse downloads. The quality and creativity of an app icon answer a ton of questions for a user before they have even read your app description! Is it going to be fun? Useful? A well-designed app icon is as important as well-designed copy is for traditional advertising.

Here are 25 icons we think do a great job of telling the user what the app is about, as well as being exquisitely well-designed!

Things

Things App Icon

Things is a delightful and easy to use task manager. It's the perfect companion for everything you want to achieve in life, offering a great balance between ease of use and powerful features.
App Store Link

Bad Piggies

Bad Piggies App Icon

From the creators of Angry Birds: an all new game from the PIGS’ point of view!
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Classics

Classics App Icon

Escape into some of the greatest stories ever written. Experience digital reading in a way that is so natural, and so obvious, it just feels right. It begins with a collection of over a dozen hand-picked, literary masterpieces...
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Evernote

Evernote App Icon

Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders--and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.
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Rolando

Rolando App Icon

The award-winning roly-poly puzzle game is back and better than ever! Rolandoland has been invaded and the Rolandos need your help. Using tilt, tap, and multi-touch controls, you will solve physics puzzles and toy with interactive environments, all while trying to evade pesky enemies!
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Groceries

Groceries App Icon

Groceries is a beautiful and easy to use shopping list for your iPhone and iPod touch. Never forget your shopping list again!
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TunesMate

TunesMate App Icon

TunesMate is here to replace your old iPod app. You can now experience the joy of music through your finger tips.
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Penny Time

Penny Time App Icon

Penny Time is a side-scrolling action game where you’ll ride the original plastic skateboard in search of points, multipliers, tricks and secrets!
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Delivery Status Touch

Delivery Status Touch App Icon

Delivery Status touch helps you keep track of all your packages, so you always know when they’re going to arrive.
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Netbot

Netbot App Icon

Netbot is a full-featured iPhone (and iPod touch) App.net client with a lot of personality. Whether it’s the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds & animation, or features like smart gestures, there’s a lot to love about Netbot.
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Outside

Outside App Icon

Outside combines current weather and local forecasts with custom push notifications. Look out the window and see what the weather is like through stunning visuals. Swipe the days to see the forecasts, or setup and receive alerts when the weather is just right.
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InstaGenius

InstaGenius App Icon

The app for photo frames, collage & photo editing for Instagram™ photos! InstaGenius provides lots of ways to edit your photos.
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Pilot's Path

Pilot's Path App Icon

Pilot’s Path is an old school, open world helicopter simulator where you’ll play as a dishonorably discharged USAF ace pilot. Without anywhere else to turn, you’ll delve deep into a criminal underworld where kingpins and drug lords will call upon your expert services to deliver certain... illicit goods.
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Pocket

Pocket App Icon

When you find an interesting article, video or web page that you want to read, watch or view later, put it in Pocket. Once it’s in Pocket, it automatically syncs across to your phone, tablet and computer so you can view it anytime on any device, even without an internet connection.
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Square Wallet

Square Wallet App Icon

Square Wallet is the fast, easy way to pay with your phone at local businesses across the country. With Square Wallet, you can pay with your name, send gifts to friends, and discover new places to shop and eat.
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Ness Dining Guide

Ness Dining Guide App Icon

Chosen by Apple as an "App Store Best of 2012", Ness is the most beautiful and personal way to find new restaurants you'll love. Ness learns your tastes as you rate places, then gives you personalized recommendations when you're looking for somewhere great to eat.
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Punch Quest

Punch Quest App Icon

Punch Quest is an arcade-style fighting game, entirely controlled by taps with your left and right thumbs.
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Clear

Clear App Icon

Life is messy. Keep it together with Clear, an amazing new app for list-keeping that is unbelievably simple, quick and satisfying to use.
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Well

Well App Icon

Well helps you collect and share the things you want to do. Experience a new kind of list: beautiful, social, and fun.
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Pudding Monsters

Pudding Monsters App Icon

From the makers of Cut the Rope, Pudding Monsters is a deliciously addicting puzzle adventure with wacky characters and innovative stick-‘em-together game-play.
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Wunderlist

Wunderlist App Icon

Wunderlist 2 is the easiest way to manage and share your daily to-do lists. Whether you’re planning an overseas adventure, sharing a shopping list with a loved one, or simply keeping track of your daily to-dos, Wunderlist is here to help you get things done.
App Store Link

Cinemagram

Cinemagram App Icon

Create a stunning hybrid between photo and video. Animate small portions of your photo to create a magical image that's part-photo and part-video. Apply vintage / cross processing filters, and share your masterful creation.
App Store Link

Convertbot

Convertbot App Icon

Convertbot is a unit conversion robot. Convert currency, length, mass, time and much more in an exciting new way! Converting numbers will never again be a mundane task. In addition to its innovative interface, our robot is smart enough to convert to and from mixed units.
App Store Link

Total War Battles

Total War Battles App Icon

Total War Battles™ delivers quick-fire, tactical combat balanced with intuitive building and unit management. All set in a beautifully illustrated Medieval Japan.
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App Icon Advice

  • Try not to use the default Apple icon gloss. It washes out your app colours and can make it less eye-catching.
  • Keep it simple. Don't cram too much into the icon, try to highlight one key metaphor/symbol or character from your app.
  • No words. The most effective icons get their message across without text. Remember that icons get resized down to small sizes and text doesn't come across well when squished.