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    App interface design - use standard OS icons, or my own?

    Hi all, so i am literally jumping on board my friends idea for an app, and helping him out with my knowledge of design, i have little experience in comparison to web design though, so would like to ask some advice

    The app design itself features some of it's own original icons, to represent different 'areas'/functions of the app. These can't really be represented by standardised icons because they're pretty specific - it's a fitness app, and has areas like "workouts" etc.

    BUT .. the app also has functions like "share" or "save" as well as nav buttons and "sync.

    Do you guys think, for these generic functions, i should use standard iphone ios7 icons?

    Bearing in mind, 1) there will also be an android version so in this case separate icons would need creating for that, and 2) im not 100% sure if the standard ios7 style icons will "suit" the unique icons that represent the app's main functions.

    What would you guys do?


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    I would create my own so they all look the same, but make them clear and intuitive for anyone seeing them.

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    Unpaid WDF Intern TheGAME1264's Avatar
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    Are you the Emma that used to spell your username backwards and is a model? If so, hi again!

    I'd agree with Max. You create your own, you won't have to worry about using separate icons for separate apps. You also won't have to worry about copyright infringement, and that's a pretty big deal lately (see YouTube and just about every video game channel owner right now).
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