When I think of what makes an app great to me, there are a few key things that come to mind. Is it easy, and intuitive to use? Does it follow our BlackBerry UI Guidelines? Is it beautiful? If the answer to these questions is “YES!” then chances are I will love it.
Before I joined the Developer Relations team, I was a 3rd party developer with mblware and created the apps LensBoost and Memegasm. One of the difficulties I often ran into when creating an app was finding a high-quality set of icons I could use in my application. Sure, there are tons of amazing icon packs out there (some free, some premium) but while the icon packs I ran into looked great, they didn’t necessarily “work” in my app.
In my new role as an Application Development Consultant, part of my job is to create sample apps that showcase specific features, or APIs. I love working with the new BlackBerry 10 SDKs – it gives me a chance to not only learn about the new, and existing APIs, but also allows me to do what I love, develop apps. That being said, when I start writing my sample apps I still come across that old issue of finding icons that follow our UI Guidelines and “work” in my app!
Finally, due to some incredible contributions from a couple of amazing developers, there is a solution. Thanks to efforts of Liz Myers and Pixle, we can all use high-quality icons that follow the proper UI Guidelines in our applications for BlackBerry 10! Let’s take a closer look at the sets:
This set contains 100 icons which are well suited for Context Menus, Tabs, and Action Bars, and come in both light and dark themes.
This set of icons is a subset of Subway Icons (http://subway.pixle.pl) and contains 16 of some of the most common icons developers use in their apps. They come in three sizes: Small (61×61), Medium (71×71), and Large (81×81).
If you find these icons as useful as I do, be sure to show your support and follow the creators on Twitter. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it!