When I started work on Players, I decided to focus on functionality over graphics and prettiness. Now that the app has reached a stable place feature-wise (for now), I’ve had a chance to finally start working on graphics. I actually did create an icon for version 0.2, but it was horribly crappy and I never actually showed it to anyone. I’ve toyed around with some ideas for an icon, but since graphic design is not my strong suit, I had to go with something that I could actually accomplish.
The icon to the left is what I came up with. It’s a home plate (the only softball-related graphic that I can draw at the moment) on top of a green texture (loosely representing grass). The P is for Players to make the icon easy to recognize. I added some noise to the home plate for texture and a shine to make it look “cool”. Now this probably won’t be the permanent icon for Players, but at least it’s something that I can build on.
In addition to an application icon, Players never had icons for its toolbar. It was just a naked black button with text at the bottom. That was quickly remedied thanks to Joseph Wain and his free Gliphish icon set. I was able to easily find icons that represented my toolbar buttons and they look far better than anything that I could come up with. They’re even free! Thanks Joseph! The new app and toolbar icons can be seen in action below.