One of the most important design tasks involved in the creation of an Apple iOS app is coming up with a creative and unique icon for it. The app’s icon is the visual cue we need in order to locate an app on our mobile devices, so it has to be memorable and visually-striking. For inspiration, view these 10 sites that feature great iOS app icon designs.

1. iOS Icon Gallery

iOS Icon Gallery

With over 600 iOS app icon designs (displayed in an easy-to-browse grid layout) this niche design gallery site is a must-see if you’re looking for iOS app icon design inspiration. Graphic/web designer Jim Nielsen is the man behind iOS Icon Gallery.

2. Iconsfeed

Iconsfeed

Iconsfeed is a gallery site that allows its users to submit iOS app icon designs. What’s great about this website is that it conveniently organizes the app icons into categories such as Productivity and Lifestyle for easier browsing.

3. IICNS

IICNS

IICNS is a single-page site that displays some of the best iOS app icons, organized by design theme (e.g. Minimalistic) and type (e.g. Utilities). You can view the icons in various sizes according to your preference. IICNS a collaboration between designer Jackie Tran and developer Jan Šedivý.

4. Icons (Apple Inspires Me)

Icons (Apple Inspires Me)

Apple Inspires Me, a gallery site for Apple-related designs, has an Icons category that shows a few iOS app icon designs. Though there aren’t a lot of icons listed in this category yet compared to some other sites in this post, with your help they can grow their collection.

5. iOS App Icon Designs (iOSpirations)

iOS App Icon Designs (iOSpirations)

iOSpirations, an online gallery for iPhone and iPad app design inspiration, has an iOS App Icon Designs section with a little over  80 featured items.

6. iOS Icon (Dribbble)

iOS Icon (Dribbble)

Dribbble, a site where top designers from all over the world showcase their work, has tons of beautiful iOS app icon designs for us to view. You’ll find over 4,500 items related to the term "iOS Icon" on the site.

7. iOS Icon (Pinterest)

iOS Icon (Pinterest)

Pinterest has plenty of iOS app icon designs that you can find through a simple search for the term "iOS Icon." If you’re looking for Pinterest boards to follow, here are two of them: iOS Icon Design and Icons | Apps mobile.

8. iOS Icon (Forrst)

iOS Icon (Forrst)

Forrst, an invite-only community site for developers and designers, has user-submitted iOS app icon designs that you can discover via their site search (for instance, check out the results of the "iOS Icon" search term).

9. iOS App Icons (Flickr)

iOS App Icons (Flickr)

Flickr also has some iOS app icon designs that you can check out simply by doing a search for "iOS App Icons." There’s also a Flickr group pool called "iOS App Icons" with over 100 members and 50+ images of iOS app icons.

10. App Icon Gallery (Mobile Tuxedo)

App Icon Gallery (Mobile Tuxedo)

Mobile Tuxedo, which is a website that features resources for Android and iOS app developers, has a gallery with a few great iOS app icons (displayed alongside some Android app icons).

iOS App Icon Showcases on Design Blogs

Would you like to see even more iOS app icon designs? Here is a list of relevant showcases published by a few design blogs:

Do you know of other places where you can find iOS app icon design inspiration? Please share them in the comments.

Author:

Jacob Gube is the co-founder and a managing editor of Design Instruct. He's a web developer, and also the owner of Six Revisions. Follow Jacob on Twitter: @sixrevisions