I am often told that the Zirkel icon is similar to the Yin Yang sign. I do not reject the idea, but the resemblance is not intentional. It „just happened“ along the way and I did not even notice it myself.
The idea for the icon was very simple: show what the game is about. The game is about flames which move on rings. Why not show something of that? And so I did in the first versions of the icon:
Both versions do not work well on small sizes. They also are not very „sharp“ and iconic. Especially the first one looks generic. So I iterated on the „ring with flame“ idea until I came up with this:
Much better and very close to the final thing but I was not perfectly satisfied, so I played around a little bit more:
Nah… one of them looks a like a pollywog (or something else 😉 ), and the other one is just cheesy. Let’s make it simple again:
So there it is. Iconic but not completely flat, thanks to the subtle gradient in the background and the icon itself plus a dark inner glow to the square. I really like how it pops out from the home screen while still not looking „plastic“.
Also, the subtle background variance is not crucial for recognition. Because of this I can use the key component (the circle) without the background for several occasions (like on the website). I could even use it on a fax machine! 😀
What do you think? Let me know!