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Solitaire Collection - Possible New Game Grid Icons
View Poll Results: Which Icon Set Do You Prefer?
I prefer option #1 - Aces Icon Set 1 6.67%
I prefer option #2 - Deal Preview Set 8 53.33%
I prefer the existing icons - Mini ScreenShot Set 6 40.00%
Option 4 - New Tilted Screenshot Set 0 0%
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Old 07/11/2010, 11:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was playing around with PhotoShop the other day, and decided to mess around with the idea of new icons for the Solitaire Collection app...

With minego's permission, I'm posting what I came up with here to get some feedback. I'll add a poll too, because everyone likes to vote in a poll.

OK, here was my first attempt... I like the way they came out, but some might not like that they don't give any type of preview to the game's deal layout.

#1


After talking to minego about the lack of deal preview, I came up with a new set...

#2

#2 - With superfluous titles removed


Please take a moment to vote in the poll and let me know what you think.

EDIT: For those that don't have the game, here's a screen shot of the current icon set.

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Old 07/11/2010, 11:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I prefer the current icons. But I strongly prefer option 2 to option 1, I like to see which game I am selecting at a glance.
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Old 07/12/2010, 12:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Umm, no offense, but stick with the originals.
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Old 07/12/2010, 12:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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No worries, if I was that easily offended I wouldn't have asked the question.

I'm looking for honest feedback, not to have smoke blown up my skirt.
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Old 07/12/2010, 08:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think Spader is showing some real promise with these icons. I like the idea a lot. So, what do you guys think the perfect icons would be? I really like how his icons represent the games. I think they are a bit clearer than the screenshots actually. What do all of you want to see?
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Old 07/12/2010, 09:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I like the current screenshots. I think the launch page is spot on and wouldn't mess with it.
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Old 07/12/2010, 09:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Originals are better.
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Old 07/12/2010, 09:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The existing icons are straight forward and utilitarian, but I kind of like the artistic approach that Spader is going for with option 2. I just think it looks a little too cartoony [if I can use that word] right now. How would it look to use the actual screen shots with the perspective like you've drawn and then use a font for the titles that is a little more standardized - not something boring like Arial - but maybe something like the title fonts in option 1? Just a thought.
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Old 07/12/2010, 09:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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My first try was to skew the original screens and it didn't turn out great... I might give it another try since a lot of folks seem to like the original screens.

I was actually going for a sort of "cartoony" look on the second set... But I could see where it might be a bit "too cartoony" for some people. Haha
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Old 07/12/2010, 10:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm happy with the original screen shots, but if you want something more distinctive, something like the images Spader create could work. I also think they are too cartoony. But mostly I think the font is too cartoony. Similar images with a more serious font might be worth a try. But the font makes it look a little like a joke, rather than like a game that just works. And I want my solitaire game to just work.
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Old 07/12/2010, 10:26 PM   #11 (permalink)
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lol

I admit, when picking the font, I didn't think "This is solitaire. This is serious." haha

The font would normally be a very simple thing to change... Except that I was completely stupid when saving the files and managed to delete my original .psd files. :S

I will give it another go this week, see if I can strike some sort of middle ground between form and function.

... And I'll make sure to use a "serious" font.
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Old 07/12/2010, 10:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I think the only thing that would make it better would be enabling landscape for the home screen!
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Old 07/12/2010, 11:07 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Cartoony is exactly what I thought too.
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Old 07/12/2010, 11:14 PM   #14 (permalink)
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At least you learned your lesson lol. Always save the original .psd file. I have made that mistake too...

I do like Option 2. It would look a lot better with a different font though.
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Old 07/13/2010, 01:03 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I like the original ones, and wish those would be the icons when individual games are put on the launcher too.
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Old 07/13/2010, 06:09 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I like the original ones, and wish those would be the icons when individual games are put on the launcher too.
Oooh, good idea!
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Old 07/13/2010, 10:14 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I like the original ones, and wish those would be the icons when individual games are put on the launcher too.
I really like the idea of having icons that are specific to the game, but I don't think the screenshots will work very well.

First of all they are too big. Each screenshot is currently 90x100, and launcher icons have to be 64x64. Secondly I think a square screenshot would look very out of place on the launcher screen.

I'd love to have icons per game though.
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Old 07/13/2010, 04:38 PM   #18 (permalink)
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OK, I think I was able to get a set together that keeps the screenshot motif, but also has a bit of style to it.

Also, I think I picked a bit more "serious" font.

Plus, I remembered to keep the .PSD files for each game. haha

Here they are...



And again, with the superfluous titles removed...



Let me know what you think.
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Old 07/13/2010, 05:19 PM   #19 (permalink)
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1044% better than your last effort... though I still lean a bit towards the originals... I don't think the perspective is working for me.
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Old 07/13/2010, 05:48 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Without the superfluous icon titles, do you now have room to make the icons taller, so that they have the aspect ratio of a playing card? I think if you could somehow give the icons the look of a playing card, with the layout of the game being the card's pattern.....perhaps the background color should be green felt.

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