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Designing Standard Tab and Menu Icons for Android Apps

When designing Android apps or designing graphics for mobile apps, one must conform to srict guidelines. Using graphics designed for other systems, especially desktop-based, is generally not a good idea. Foreign graphics will look out of place at best, or will render your Android apps appear hardly recognizable at worst.

Making Standard Tab and Menu Icons for Android Apps Description: When developing Android apps or designing graphics for Android apps, it is essential to conform to certain guidelines. Re-using images made for different operating systems, especially desktop-based, is not a good idea. Foreign images will look weird at best, or will make your Android apps hardly recognizable at worst. Body: There are strict guidelines available in reference to Android icons. Different design guidelines are available for tab icons and menu icons.

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Tab icons are drawn in individual tabs in tabbed UI. Tab icons should be provided in two distinct states: unselected and selected. It is recommended that tab icons are designed as simple, flat shapes as opposed to images drawn in 3D or isometric projection.

Android OS and Android apps are used on a variety of different platforms using a wide range of hardware. In reference to icon graphics, those platforms can have different display sizes, screen resolutions, pixel dimensions and density. To accommodate the variety of displays, Android developers should provide all tab icons used in their apps in at least three resolutions to be drawn on low, medium, and high density screens. Pixel-wise, the outer boundaries for the three resolutions are defined as 24x24, 32x32, and 48x48 pixels. Inner dimensions should not exceed 22x22, 28x28, and 42x42 pixels respectively. By providing all three standard sizes, designers can ensure that their apps will display properly on a variety of devices running the Android OS.

Menu icons are drawn in the "options" menu, and are displayed to users when they press the Menu button. Similar to tab icons, menu icons should be flat, grayscale images. Like tab icons, developers cannot use 3D or isometric projections.

Pixel resolutions for menu icons are described in a slightly more comprehensive way compared to tab icons. Instead of two sizes defined for tab icons (inner shape and boundary box), the inner shape of menu icons can be smaller or larger depending on whether they are square-shaped or not. If a menu icon is square-shaped, its dimensions should be smaller than for icons shaped otherwise. The reason for having two different sizes is to establish a consistent visual size across the two icon types.

The outer dimensions for low, medium, and high resolution icons are defined as 36x36, 48x48, and 72x72 pixels respectively. Inner shapes for square, low-definition icons is 22x22 pixels, while non-square icons should fit into a boundary box sized 24x24 pixels. Similarly, medium-definition icons should fit 30x30 and 32x32 pixel boundaries, while high-definition images should fit into 44x44 and 48x48 pixel boxes respectively.

Instead of designing your own images conforming to these guidelines, Android developers have an option of obtaining stock images from professional designers. As an example, Android Tab Icons by Aha-Soft include 112 unique tab icons in both states and all three standard resolutions. If an additional size is needed, developers can produce icons at any size by opening scalable vector sources. Android Tab Icons can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.aha-soft.com/stock-icons/android-tab-icons.htm.

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