Have you ever uninstalled an app because you felt it’s icon was too ugly to be seen on your screen? The app icon, while often an afterthought during development, is one of the most visible elements of any application. It literally sits exposed, 100% of the time you have the app installed. Make sure you invest the effort to make look good.
While looking for inspiration I discovered an amazing app icon which looked like a hyper-realistic sunny-side-up egg. How badly I wish that icon was on my iPhone right now. Unfortunately, this delicious icon (especially in the morning hours) doesn’t belong to an actual application, it is only a designer’s flight of fancy. Maybe someday… But for now, there is an entire subculture of artists designing app icons just for the sake of it.
Some of these icon designs were created for actual apps, some of them are just for fun. All of them are works of art and deserve to be seen. They are presented in no particular order. If you find a beautiful icon that didn’t make the list let us know.