In our last episode of “This icon pack is hot,” I made an off-handed comment about the world not needing anymore Material Design inspired icon packs. For the most part, I still stand by that comment, because seriously, there are so many icon packs that are some variation of Google’s icons, only they differ by offering a tweaked color scheme or palette or vibe. Where we need to see Material Design put to use is in packs like the one we are featuring day.
This is Material Cards. (more…)
Now this is a cool icon pack that is completely different from anything we have featured in recent memory. It’s called IMMATERIALIS and it’s brought to us by sikebo, the designer of Materialistic, another of our favorite icon packs.
With IMMATERIALIS (last time I’m capitalizing it all), you get some 3,000+ square icons with rounded corners that are all 192×192 and carry dark grey tones in some form. They are highlighted by familiar icon imagery, toned down pops of color, and a sort of matte finish. I think what I appreciate so much about them, is they aren’t just another free floating, “Material” set. Honestly, how many more of those do we need? (more…)
Over the weekend, shortly after posting up the latest in “hot” icon packs, I started looking for the last time we did a “Show off your home screens day!” As it turns out, it’s been well over a year, which is kind of shocking. It’s not like we stopped customizing phones in 2015, so I’m not sure what took us so long to get one of these together. Either way, it’s a home screen day today! (more…)
You need a fresh icon pack to take you into the weekend, I knew it. So here is one! Artico icons, recently released to Google Play, are a playful concept on Material Design-styled icons that are indeed hot. (more…)
Calling all folks in need of color. While browsing Google Play, I came across an icon pack from Stealthychief, a well known designer in the Android community. The pack is called Fresh, and honestly, it’s a darn good descriptor for what this pack offers to those who apply it. Coming from the stock TouchWiz icons on the Galaxy Note 5, Fresh is just what I needed to get me back into using Nova Launcher and custom icon packs. It’s a breath of fresh air. (more…)
What’s the next potentially hot focus for icon designers? It could be Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Assuming Google tweaks some things here or there as its Material Design ideas evolve, we could see a revamping of something like the stock icons that are used on Android. Maybe. So far there are no signs of that, but if that happens, then hey, we should see a flood of new Material-esque, Marshmellow-inspired icons to take over our phones. (more…)
People may disagree with me, but ever since Dave Kover — also known as kovdev — stopped slinging icon packs onto Google Play, it’s sometimes a struggle to find a new pack I want to deck my phone up with. Thankfully, there appears to be new talent popping up all over the place, and an icon pack called Artius from Shamrock Studios suits my needs quite well. (more…)
Need some more Material Design in your world? Sunshine Icon Pack is a set of icons that is not only free, but one that should turn almost all of your icons into Material Design beauties.
This is an icon pack that is straight forward in its approach, which is to adhere to Google’s latest Material Design guidelines and palette. Icons are familiar, yet refreshing and new, plus there are all sorts of color options for some of the most popular icons, like Hangouts, the dialer, or the camera app. (more…)