Download CS3 Replacement Icons

Download CS3 Replacement Icons

2007
May
01

Download award-winning replacement icons for Adobe Creative Suite 3 and CS3 version applications.

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From 29 January 2007 through 23 April 2007, the Quark VS InDesign.com Design Your Own Creative Suite 3 Icons Competition accepted entries of designs for alterate CS3 application icons from designers and illustrators around the world. All the icon designs we received have been collected and converted to Mac- and Windows-friendly PNG and multi-size ICO files, and are below, free to download. Enjoy them on your computer, compliments of the contest entrants, content prize furnishers, and Quark VS InDesign.com.

Icons by Kimberly Smith

First Place Winner
Designed by: Kimberly Smith | United States

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Judge’s Comments:
Kimberly Smith’s object-oriented graphics are instantly identifiable to the applications they represent. Although visually complex, they scale surprisingly well to even the smallest of the typical icon sizes, 16×16 pixels. I would like to have seen the Dreamweaver icon designed to fit the purpose of the Web design application instead of its name, but the image is nice regardless. My only other complaint is with the InDesign icon. In the background of the lightbox something has clearly been erased or painted over, leaving harsh white stripes when the icon is viewed at larger sizes. Given that InDesign handles text more than imagery, I would also have liked to see a representation of type amidst the lightbox and slides.

Icons by Danny Dioguardi

Second Place Winner
Designed by: Danny Dioguardi | Canada

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Judge’s Comments:
Danny Dioguardi’s evolution of symbols from an homage to previous versions through new symbols are beautifully original, immediately identify the applications they describe, and certainly meet the coolness factor. I’m so excited by these designs that I’m profoundly saddened by the fact that Danny only made these three. I would love to see the theme carried through the rest of the CS3-version applications.

Icons by Vito Zgonik

Third Place Winner
Designed by: Vito Zgonik | United Kingdom

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Judge’s Comments:
I’m a fan of this set of nine icons from Vito Zgonik. They hold true to Adobe’s CS3 branding scheme by using color-coded squares and two-letter identifiers for applications, but return the symbols and functional communication lacking in Adobe’s icons. Vito elegantly incorporated the symbols as subtle background patterns where others might have been tempted to add louder elements to compete with the central letters. Two things prevented this set of icons from scoring higher in the competition: First, the styled F Flash icon broke ranks and retreated into past Macromedia branding instead of holding a cohesive aesthetic. Second, the symbols Vito used in some of the background patterns didn’t make sense. For instance, grass brushes are used to represent FreeHand and Photoshop. I could understand such a symbol applied to the vector illustration application FreeHand or to Photoshop, which contains the grass brush patterns themselves, but by employing grass for both application icons, it weakened the result for both and looks almost as if the artist ran out of ideas by the time he got around to designing the latter of the two. Despite its relatively minor flaws, the set is beautiful. I particularly enjoy the way it incorporates and updates the popular glass-button style.

Icons by Danny Dioguardi

Designed by: Danny Dioguardi | Canada

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Judge’s Comments:
Obviously influenced by the branding of Macromedia applications before the acquisition by Adobe, Danny Diogaurdi’s rounded letterforms combine modern and retro styles.

Icons by Joshua Cortese

Designed by: Joshua Cortese | NADC WSI TAFE NSW | Australia

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Judge’s Comments:
Funky and original, Joshua Cortese’s set of eight CS3 application icons is visually intriguing and fun.

Icons by Kimberly Smith

Designed by: Kimberly Smith | United States

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Judge’s Comments:
Inspired by Adobe’s Apollo application, Kimberly Smith represents Adobe software as the Seven Wonders of the World in a very interesting interpretation.

Icons by Lauren Swaab

Designed by: Lauren Swaab | NADC WSI TAFE NSW | Australia

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Judge’s Comments:
Eclectic and funky, Lauren Swaab’s design avoids the most common cliches that often appear in icon designs to create surprisingly effective and refreshingly creative images.

Icons by Loic Savrimoutou

Designed by: Loic Savrimoutou | NADC WSI TAFE NSW | Australia

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Judge’s Comments:
Loic Savrimoutou’s hand-drawn, color-centric icons are a nice touch of minimalism.

Icons by Natasha KOLESNIKOV

Designed by: Natasha KOLESNIKOV | NADC WSI TAFE NSW | Australia

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Judge’s Comments:
Beginning with pencil sketches, Natasha Kolesniko’vs vibrant Photoshop, ImageReady, Illustrator, and InDesign CS3 icons are fun, wild, and pleasing. Sitting beside computer-polished icons on a desktop or dock, these really stand out. They make me want to draw, which is the perfect desire to elicit when the icons represent drawing and design applications.

Icons by Richard Scott

Designed by: Richard Scott | Australia

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Judge’s Comments:
I was struck by the appropriateness and detail of the symbols in Richard Scott’s images, particularly the dynamic of the figures in the Acrobat icon. His Dreamweaver and Illustrator designs also were dead on in their illustration of the concepts represented by those applications. What I didn’t like about Richard’s icons was the association to Microsoft Office branding they brought to mind. Although Adobe applications integrate with one another about as well as Office applications, few feel excited and creatively inspired by Microsoft Office. The association, I feel, hurts what is an otherwise beautiful collection of icons.

Icons by Rok Krznar

Designed by: Rok Krznar | United Kingdom

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Judge’s Comments:
Rok Krznar updates the trend of glass-like user interface elements by taking Adobe’s flat CS3 icons and raising them into charming glass or plastic buttons.

Icons by Tim Nagle

Designed by: Tim Nagle | NADC WSI TAFE NSW | Australia

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Judge’s Comments:
Tim Nagle’s icon set is a playful suite of illustrations. I found many of the symbols to be confusing, however, such as the image of inscribing a letter to represent ImageReady, an application whose function was to prepare and process graphics for the Web.

Icons by Tyrone Blackman

Designed by: Tyrone Blackman | NADC WSI TAFE NSW | Australia

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Judge’s Comments:
Whereas many of the other contest submissions restored identifiable symbols imagery to Adobe’s color-coded identification of CS3 applications, Tyrone Blackman followed Adobe’s lead and took the theme a few steps further. With subtle shape differences, and without even the two-letter Periodic Table of the Elements-style monikers Adobe used, Tyrone’s designs identify InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop by only color . The result is cool and ultra-hip icons that work at any size.

Icons by Adam Betts

Designed by: Adam Betts | United States

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Judge’s Comments:
Adam Betts brings the CS3 application box imagery into the icons, retaining the flavor of Adobe’s vision but going beyond the simple gradient, colored boxes of the default icons. This set was contributed to the library but was not considered for judging in the competition, at the author’s request.

Icons by Anatoliy Omelchenko

Designed by: Anatoliy Omelchenko | USA

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Judge’s Comments:
Definitely among my favorites, Anatoliy Omelchenko’s abstract representations of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat. Simple in design but instantly recognizable as harbingers of their respective applications, Anatoliy’s designs are remarkable examples of graphic design. This set was contributed to the library but was not considered for judging in the competition, at the author’s request.

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