iOS App Icon Book Review

It’s almost 15 years since the first iPhone was launched and almost as long since the creation of the Apple App Store. In that time, millions of apps have found their way to Apple devices – each with its own distinctive icon. As a relatively new form of art, the iOS App Icon Book is unlike most other art books you will come across.

About the book

The iOS App Icon Book contains a number of iPhone app icons from the last decade. You may remember some of these iconic iOS app designs, and some you may have never seen before.

The Danish designer Michael Flarup has been working on the book since 2018. He took his passion for app icons and design and turned it into a fantastic coffee table book. What started as a Kickstarter campaign has become a much anticipated project. It’s easy to see that this book was born out of a love for the craft of icon design.

The iOS App Icon Book also comes with a thank you note featuring an “Iconist” sticker and a stencil that the author has designed that he uses in his work. It’s a nice touch to an already nice book.

iOS App Icon Book Review

Throughout, you will not only get an appreciation for the thoughtfulness and work put into these designs, but you can also learn something. In addition, the author makes it clear that this is not a textbook on how to design app icons, but offers treats of information to those interested in the craft.

There does not seem to be much rhyme or reason as to which icons came into being. Flarup includes many of his own pieces, as he has created some of these over the years – you can even see the metamorphosis of various icons as they have been updated over time. Many of these apps you will recognize by just seeing its icon.

Artist spotlights

On its 163 pages, you’ll find various spotlights of app icon artists with interview questions about their careers. Here we see the artist Marc Edwards from Australia. The interview shows how he started designing app icons, his current work setup, advice on how to get started and more. These rare insights give us a look at the faces behind some of these famous app icons.

While it’s easy for an Apple blogger to appreciate this book, it’s not for everyone. As the book’s title suggests, the app icons are exclusively related to iOS – so try not to give this book to your hardcore Android friend. However, this is a great gift for both digital art lovers and Apple enthusiasts. It’s a great way to appreciate and preserve the art of the technology we use so often today. It also shows us where we came from and allows us to celebrate progress.

Pre-order iOS App Icon Book now

You can pre-order the iOS App Icon Book for € 60 with orders currently being shipped. The book is a purely physical hard copy and there are no plans to release a digital version.

Tell us in the comments if you plan to pick up a copy.

Video from Michael Flarup’s YouTube Channel

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