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Imagewell: Early Mock-Ups

imagwell - final iconOver the years I’ve enjoyed a great relationship with the folks over at Xtralean Software, and it all began with an icon for a little program named ImageWell. I went digging through my archives recently and found a couple of ‘alternate’ versions of the final design (inset, left).

While they’re nowhere near the style (or quality for that matter) of the finished product, I thought they were interesting because they took a more photorealistic approach, similar to many of the application icons in earlier versions of Mac OSX. Anyway, thought you might enjoy having a look at a few roughs that never made it out of the starting gate.

imagewell alternate icon - 2imagewell alternate icon - 1

Looking at these two examples you can probably tell why I went with an illustrative approach – put simply, the selection of (appropriate) ‘wishing well’ photos at the time of the project was downright awful. The one on the left looks like something out of a LEGO™ playset, and the version the right is just plain dreary. I certainly didn’t want to depress anyone while they edited & uploaded their photos.

Ironically, a short time after I had completed the job for Xtralean, I moved into a neighborhood with a house that had an absolutely *perfect*-looking wishing well in the backyard. It literally resembles a true-life version of the final IW icon.

Which does me a lot of good now. ;)

Posted by on February 29.

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Categories: Design, Logos/Icons

3 Responses

  1. I didn’t know YOU did the ImageWell icon! That thing has been in my dock for years. ;)

    by zwei on Mar 21, 2008 at 11:26 am

  2. That’s me – Shutterbug too! :)

    by Pete on Mar 21, 2008 at 11:46 am

  3. Hmmm…. I should collect royalty payments for every page load. That dog looks really familiar! ;-)

    by Jim on Mar 24, 2008 at 8:33 am

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