An amateur graphic designer here. I was told to redesign a reddit app icon on playstore and he told me to apply the Google’s new design scheme that was leaked a few days ago (The first illustration shows the mockup that I made based on the leaked overhaul icons from Google)
So currently the second image shows the reddit icon that I was working on with it. It is like a paper with a ‘vertical’ looking page on the left and the developer told me to make it colorful and apply all the Google’s trademark colors. Unfortunately, I’m still not satisfied on how it is looking right now as if it is not like the one on Google’s new design scheme so right now, I would kindly like to have some suggestions and feedback on how can I improve the reddit icon by placing the right shadows or right color combinations, others will be of course appreciated and welcome. Thanks alot!
EDIT: no.3 the final icon that I made according to @Bakabaka suggestions 🙂
Decide where your light source is, and stick to that. As you look closer at all icons in the example, they have their light source at 315°—top left. All shadows and shading obey that light source.
In your icon, the dark left page suggests the light coming from 270°—left, yet the shading on the green and red pages suggest a light source at 45°—top right. The apparent shadow of the logo’s red dot complicates matters even further.
Moreover, I would shy away from using all Google colors in a single icon unless you absolutely need to. Check any Google icon, and count how many of red, blue, green and yellow actually appear. In your example icons, the ‘maps’ icon has two (red and yellow), the Gmail and the chat icon have one (red and green respectively) and the others don’t even have any. Less is more.
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