Creative Replacement App Icons

Most people, designers especially, enjoy changing their desktop background. It’s a way to make the computer that you use every single day a bit more personal, and customised to your exact way of working. The added benefit is that you can change it often and get a rush of creativity by working with a new, fresher interface. But the same is also true of app icons.

We’re exposed to the same app icons every single day – whether it’s Photoshop or Spotify, iTunes or Chrome – we sometimes see that little graphic in the menu dock hundreds of times a day. That’s why some designers create replacement app icons that add some new life to the application, and make the dock feel a bit fresher and new. We’ve brought together a selection of some brilliantly inventive, beautifully designed, tasteful icon replacements – all available for free and designed by incredibly talented artists. We hope you find the collection useful.

Adobe Photoshop, Fireworks & Illustrator

App Icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/230829-Adobe-Set-1

Safari

App Icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/608327-Minimal-Safari-Update

Activity Monitor

App Icon

Source: http://graphicpeel.com/icons

Twitter

App Icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/833877-Twitter-Icon-Replacement

MPlayerX

App Icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/957334-MPlayerX-replacement-icon

Spotify

App Icon

Source: http://jonasraskdesign.com/files/b1da7bcc2f53fcf56596a6a5545872b0-2.html

Sublime Text 2

App Icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/382465-Sublime-Text-2-update-Replacement-Icon

iTunes

App Icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/52197-vinylTunes-2-0

MAMP

App Icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/655820-MAMP-replacement-icon

Chrome

App Icon

Source: http://jeanmarcdenis.me/goodies/icons/chrome

Terminal

App Icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/656627-Terminal-Macintosh-Icon

Cyberduck

App Icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/172587-Cyberduck-replacement-icon

Skype

App Icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/913884-Skype-Replacement-Icon

Rdio

App Icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/990721-Rdio-Replacement-Icon

WriteRoom

App Icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/796176-WriteRoom-Replacement-Icon

Clear for Mac

App Icon

Source: http://dribbble.com/shots/835494-Clear-for-Mac-Icon-Replacement

Have you found any beautifully designed app icons that you’d like to share? Let us know what you’ve found in the comments.

Dan writes for The Handpicked Collection and The Handpicked Foodstore. Outside of work he studies graphic and web design and tries to improve his Photoshop skills.

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