suggestion: app cover design guideline, transparent symbol

asked 2013-12-25 22:49:59 +0200

janick gravatar image

updated 2014-01-22 07:04:54 +0200

To make multitasking with app covers more fluent, all apps should/could have their own symbol transparent on the app cover like some, eg email app, have. Some apps that are extremely obvious, could be excluded, like music player.

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Good suggestion, I'd even go as far as to say browser/music player should also have this overlayed. Some third-party applications have opted for a textual name instead (e.g. Tidings, third-party Notes). A standardised policy would be good.

FireFly ( 2013-12-26 01:28:01 +0200 )edit

I would not want to enforce anyone to design their covers anyhow other than they like. A good app will be used, a bad one will be skiped. If you want the cover of an app to look in a certain way, talk to the creator of the app, but do not enforce them to such a thing - IMHO.

ibins ( 2013-12-26 02:40:18 +0200 )edit

Ibins, I understand your point of view, but the idea is to use semi-transparent symbols, which leave the whole covers area for the developer to decide. The native app icons also have uniform shape .

janick ( 2013-12-26 08:34:33 +0200 )edit

The symbol could even be lightly tinted with the color associated with the app. This would make finding the app you are looking for among the covers even quicker and easier!

gukke ( 2013-12-27 02:37:37 +0200 )edit

Why not make this configurable - i really sometimes have difficulities to find out, which cover to touch ...have to put on my glasses before tapping. Some kind of configurable color for the cover maybe would be even nicer for some people :-)

hase5911 ( 2013-12-29 15:24:34 +0200 )edit