James Skidmore got their new button or icon by running a design contest:
Design the iOS App Icon for Dark Sky Finder!
Check out James Skidmore's Button or icon contest…
We make simple, niche apps for iPhone and iPad. We mainly work behind the scenes -- our apps are frequently listed under our clients' names.
What's your vision?
The biggest frustration of amateur astronomers is light pollution. To understand what this is, take a look at the night sky in the city, where the sky often glows red or gray and only the brightest stars and planets are visible. Compare that to the beautiful night sky in a rural location, where the Milky Way is so bright it can cast a shadow, and the difference is huge. This app helps users locate nearby dark sky locations by displaying a light pollution map of North America along with dots that indicate good observing locations. Anyone can add a good observation site — for instance, a public park with no bright lights — and write a few words about it to help other people in the area looking for a dark place to take their telescope.
**I'm open to any design ideas.** Here are a couple I thought of, but I will also appreciate any original ideas from the designers. Feel free to run an idea by me if you want. - City skyscrapers are on one side with a "glowing" night sky that only shows a few stars, and on the other side is a country road or farm or something with a beautiful star-studded sky above it. The transition in the middle could be a winding road or whatever you think of. This would just emphasize the difference between the night sky in the city versus the country. - A graphic of the globe (North America) at night with all of the lights, and also showing some stars in the backdrop of space. Again, I'm totally open to any ideas, those were just a couple that I thought of. Also, as a side note, I love icons that have that "3D" look (not sure the technical name for it). Not sure if/how that would fit into this app, but maybe there's an idea out there (telescope? globe at night?). Entries don't necessarily need to have this format, it's just a thought. Examples of what I'm talking about: - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/coachs-eye/id472006138?mt=8 - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/delivery-status-touch-package/id290986013?mt=8 - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wunderlist-hd/id420670429?mt=8 One final note, please do not include the name of the app in the icon. I want this to be a very interactive contest, so if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. I will respond promptly to all design submissions. Thank you for participating!
$145 Bronze package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their button or icon.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
James Skidmore collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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