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Ask DN: Thoughts on the new Swarm app icon?

over 6 years ago from , glasses, hashes, and a splash of bourbon. dev/design at naritiv.

Just wondering what the design community thinks of newly designed app icons like Swarm's - where it's kinda flat, but not too simple either. Looking for nice answers and thoughts..

Here's the new icon I'm referring to: Swarm3

16 comments

  • Philip AmourPhilip Amour, over 6 years ago

    Beyond ugly and breaking Apple's guidelines (icons on iOS should not have a frame).

    8 points
    • Moritz v. V.Moritz v. V., over 6 years ago

      I would like to add this guideline paragraph: "For the best results, enlist the help of a professional graphic designer"

      6 points
    • Jordan KoscheiJordan Koschei, over 6 years ago

      That outline is driving me crazy. It looks out-of-place next to everything else on my home screen, and not in a "I'll notice this more because it looks different" way.

      0 points
    • Jordan KoscheiJordan Koschei, over 6 years ago

      Come to think of it, it reminds me of that time when Facebook accidentally launched an app with the development icon rather than the production one.

      2 points
      • Philip AmourPhilip Amour, 6 years ago

        That one actually looked good and people complained when Facebook pushed an expedited update that reverted it. :D

        0 points
  • Lee Fuhr, over 6 years ago

    I'm kinda proud of them for embracing some design treatments that were hip 5 years ago. The whole app feels kind of retro and playful. It's a little bit of a clusterfuck, but eh. It's fun.

    (I still hate the Swarm/Foursquare separation. I don't see the upside yet.)

    8 points
    • Joe Blau, over 6 years ago

      (I still hate the Swarm/Foursquare separation. I don't see the upside yet.)

      Embrace app constellations.

      3 points
    • Bilal MohammedBilal Mohammed, over 6 years ago

      +1'd for hating the Swarm/Foursquare separation.

      It's not like the app 'needed' to be unbundled. Unlike Facebook/Messenger, where Messenger was going to be much bigger than just a feature; it was going to be a platform. Versus, in the case of Foursquare/Swarm, the separation diluted the novelty of Foursquare. Made it lesser in the name of focus/niche.

      1 point
  • Xavier BertelsXavier Bertels, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    On iOS, it is horrible. To me, it looks like the marketing department said “people don’t use our app enough, let’s change the icon”

    Really, I think it is a downgrade. Why would you want to make something that is beautifully simple and brings the message across more complex? The only reason I can think of is . . . marketing :-)

    I usually welcome new things – Spotify’s new green for instance, looked very beautiful and coherent to me. Not so with Swarm's new icon.

    2 points
  • Alec LomasAlec Lomas, over 6 years ago

    The new Android one is so good. When it updated I let out an audible 'oooohh'. Having full alpha support makes Android icons infinitely more interesting to me.

    2 points
    • Anwar ChoukahAnwar Choukah, over 6 years ago

      I don't think full alpha support would work very well on iOS.. The Springboard would look a gods-awful mess if every icon was differently shaped. It might work if users had more control over icon placement like in Android, but, alas..

      Still, I agree with you that the Android icon is nicer..

      1 point
      • Alec LomasAlec Lomas, over 6 years ago

        Totally agree it wouldn't work on iOS, just that it can make icon design more interesting on Android when it's taken advantage of.

        0 points
  • Tim GabrielTim Gabriel, over 6 years ago

    Those clouds... They cuts the other shapes, makes it look really cluttered, my eyes can't find where to focus.

    1 point
  • Thibault MaekelberghThibault Maekelbergh, over 6 years ago

    It would actually work on Android, but breaks all the rules on iOS.

    I have been irritated about this ever since I updated. Guess it won't be long till they go back to another icon.

    1 point
  • Luis La TorreLuis La Torre, over 6 years ago

    I almost deleted the app, just cause I don't like it at all.

    0 points
  • Christian Krammer, over 6 years ago

    I heard about the new icon and immediately imagined something with some kind of flying bug in it and bam - surprise - it has a bee in it. Bull's eye!

    0 points