Designing App Icons

Michael Flarup, Designer

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14 Lessons (1h 51m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. What is an App Icon?

    • 4. Process

    • 5. Tools

    • 6. Rendering: Part 1

    • 7. Rendering: Part 2

    • 8. The Four Aspects of App Icon Design

    • 9. Scalability

    • 10. Recognizability

    • 11. Consistency

    • 12. Uniqueness

    • 13. Finding your Personal Style

    • 14. Wrap Up


About This Class

Join designer Michael Flarup on a journey of how to create the single most important visual aspect of your product: the app icon.

Creating that one, singular piece of graphic design that users will interact with first each time they see a product can be an intimidating task. A beautiful, identifiable and memorable app icon can have a huge impact on the popularity and success of an app. But how exactly does one make a ‘good’ app icon? What does that even mean?

This class will give you ways to talk about and judge iconography as well as hands-on experience of creating that all important visual asset. We’ll cover initial concepts to export of final files.

Michael will walk you through:

  • The deliveries and tools involved in app icon design using Photoshop
  • The five core aspects of successful icon design
  • Examples and deconstruction of each aspect and how to work with them in your projects
  • How to use Smart Object templates in Photoshop to generate many icon sizes

Who is this class for?

This class is for everyone interested in becoming a better designer. Icon design is a great primer on design in general and the content you’ll learn can in many ways be applied to other areas of design. You’ll need a basic understanding of how design tools like Photoshop work.

You’ll need Photoshop or a similar design tool to participate in this class. Michael will be using his free template that you can download from The template makes the job easier, but isn’t required to participate and get something out of the class.
There's also a premium version of the template available for sale over at but again, not needed to participate in the class.

You’ll walk out with a solid foundation of icon design theory and the tools involved in delivering successful app icons.