In our second installment of current Icon Trends, we’ll be chatting about The Picture Frame icon. Personally, this is one of my favorite icon tricks – but it’s not easy to accomplish and it definitely doesn’t lend itself to every sort of application. A specific tone can be required to make the Picture Frame work or a subject matter where having only one of an item is less indicative of the nature of the program than a broader view.
The Picture Frame is more about illustration than graphic design. It’s more about a scene and a mood than it is a brand or identity. When used right, it can offer a beautiful reminder of an application and what’s inside. When done wrong, it can be a mess that just disappears into the busy nature of an iOS home screen.