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Windows 8 metro style app icons, command icons, emoji, and cursors
Reading List app icon

Reading List is a Windows 8 application that allows the user to quickly save an item for later viewing. This could be a web page, document, email, photo, etc. 

The process for finding a good application  icon went through several typical stages.

  • Round 1 is brainstorming / initial sketches.

  • Round 2 is discussion and selecting a narrower set of options.

  • Round 3 homes in on a single representation with small tweaks to bring the image to its ideal state.

Scanner app icon

Problem: the scanner application needed an application icon and the existing scanner device icon did not have sufficient detail or visual weight to compete with the other application icons.

Solution: Referencing related device icons and applicaton icons led to several sketches. The solution is an interesting scanner image which has a good balance of detail and simplicity,

Emoji - metro style 
Command icons
  • Start screen command icons

  • Help Hub application icons

  • Icons we imagined third party application developers would need

  • Reader command bar icons


Cursor refresh Windows 8

Windows 8 cursor refresh kept the existing concepts but stripped out the gradients and drop shadows to leave  crisper, flatter images. This side by side comparison shows the lighter feel of the updated cursors.

Ribbon icons Windows 8

Windows 8 Explorer ribbon icons. For Windows 8 the file explorer was "ribbonized". Adding the ribbon to the file explorer meant that existing icons needed new sizes and many existing features needed an icon for the first time.



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