Here at Print Express we’re often covering print (as you’d probably expect for a company that prints business cards, flyers & leaflets) but that doesn’t mean we’re not big fans of other mediums of design too. Here at DESIGN (our imaginatively titled design blog), we’ve written about subjects as diverse as hidden street art, papercraft and even video game artwork, but one thing I love looking at is the trend in mobile app design. The last few years have seen such a rapid change in the style of mobile app designs, and their icons, moving through skeuomorphic styles, where the design tries to replicate real world objects right down to flat design, where there’s no perceived depth at all.
I wanted to see the trends that 2017 had in store, by looking at the latest app icon designs. App icons seem to still be favouring a closer-to-flat approach, but there’s a bit more depth in there, a stronger reliance on colours and subtle shading. It’s interesting to see, however, that there are some skeumorphic elements returning – and in some cases, a bold use of realistic skeumorphism now helps the icon to stand out from the crowd completely. Here’s the full roundup of some of my favourite app icons for 2017, possibly showing the trend these designs are going in. I hope you find this collection interesting and that it gives you some inspiration for your own app icon designs. As always, if you know of any iOS or Android (or any other mobile platform) icons that deserve a mention, I’d love to hear about them in the comments at the end of this post.
It’s fair to say that there’s no one strict trend in app icon design for 2017 – most icons still seem to lean towards flat designs, but it’s relaxing a little. It’s no longer strictly flat design, there’s no more of a compromise between this and the ultra-realistic skeumorphic style. And one thing that’s surprising is that it’s actually refreshing to now see some skeumorphic designs, and how they stand out from the rest of the crowd. Hopefully this showcase of 2017’s app icon design trends has given you some inspiration for your next icon design project, and if you’ve created an icon that you’re proud of, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below!