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Early Nixed Ideas for the iTunes Icon by Felix Sockwell circa 2004

Been a fan of Felixs' work for some time. One of his earlier post's, "A Job for Steve", is a valuable insight into how a icon and graphic designer tackled a pretty prestigious client (Apple) and project: icon design for iTunes.

So cool to see the in-depth sketches of another designer, even if the project was a bust. There is also another valuable lesson: that many of us, as freelance graphic designers, are commissioned, yet sometimes our work is a bust, for whatever reason. 

This can obviously can be a hard pill to swallow, if not impossible, not to take personally, but Felix shows it can happen to anyone, regardless of your skill, expertise, history etc.

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Early Nixed Ideas for the iTunes Icon by Felix Sockwell circa 2004 Early Nixed Ideas for the iTunes Icon by Felix Sockwell circa 2004 Early Nixed Ideas for the iTunes Icon by Felix Sockwell circa 2004

Early Nixed Ideas for the iTunes Icon by Felix Sockwell circa 2004 Early Nixed Ideas for the iTunes Icon by Felix Sockwell circa 2004 Early Nixed Ideas for the iTunes Icon by Felix Sockwell circa 2004

Early Nixed Ideas for the iTunes Icon by Felix Sockwell circa 2004


These Star Wars icons were initially designed as part of an icon-a-day (year of icons) project, furiously designed by Jory Raphael (@sensibleworld), who incidentally, also masterminded the popular Symbolicons.

Jory has now combined all the individual Star Wars icons, and packaged them up as one complete Star Wars Icon Download.

Jory Raphael: "I thought it was time to update my free Star Wars icons. I posted a bunch last November, but have since added a few new icons. You can have them. For free.

The new set includes the following free Star Wars icons: a millennium falcon icon, a C-3PO icon, a Princess Leia icon, a Boba Fett icon, two lightsaber icons, a Death Star icon, a Darth Vader icon, an R2-D2 icon, a Storm Trooper icon, a Chewbacca icon, and the new additions for an AT-AT walker icon, an X-Wing icon, a Tie Fighter icon, an Admiral Ackbar icon, and a Yoda icon!"

Found via Macsparky

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13 Macbook Air Cement Laptop Messenger Bag - Red


I've been searching for a suitable messenger style laptop bag for my new 13" Macbook Air, and my search has taken me all over the place. There are some lovely bags around, from: leather, canvas, nylon and even various recycled materials. Here are a few I've favourited on Etsy:

One the most well known companies using recycled materials, I guess, would be, there is also, who makes fashion items from recycled fire hoses, which is pretty cool.

Although I've checked 100's of laptop messenger bags, there have been only a handful that I really feel suit my style, and would be happy enough to hold my Macbook Air.

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Etsy is a great place to find all sorts of treasures, and I have ended up buying numerous camera cases, phone cases and other things over the last few years. Etsy again came up trumps for a suitable bag in the form of this fantastic recycled / repurposed Cement bag made by The Wren. It's almost as though the design of these cement bags was done with the messenger bags in mind, as they just seem to look so perfect.

If you visit the The Wren's website you'll see a whole range of: bags, sleeves, cases all made from the same Pretoria Portland Cement paper bags.

I'm ordering the 13" Black with red highlights, can't wait! There's so much to love about these cement bag bags: the bold and striking graphics, the typography, the icons and symbols, the colour use, the snug padded fit for your much cherished laptop, the simple fact these are bloody cement bags!

I'll give a review once I have received and used my own, and will likely offer up a few of these in an upcoming giveaway. So make sure you are receiving my blog newsletter so you don't miss out!

13 Macbook Air Cement Laptop Messenger Bag


Recycled Cement Bag Summary

You really need to check out the product page to get the full story on how these are made, and how awesome they are. In the 13" size you can get: black, red, yellow and blue, but the other 15" and 17" laptop sizes are also available.

So here's a quick summary:

  • Each one is made to order
  • Made from unused Pretoria Portland Cement paper bags
  • Materials: paper, fusable cotton, cotton webbing, metal adjusters, hidden magnets, cotton, foam, batting, scotch guard, embroidered label
  • 2 sections, 2 pockets: carry laptop accessories alongside your laptop
  • Fully padded with padded divider
  • Closes with 2 magnets
  • Bag is treated with Scotch Guard so fully weather proof
  • Cotton webbing, and fully adjustable strap
  • Size for 13" laptop: 34cm (length) X 25,5 (height) X 6cm (width)

Very cool indeed.


13 Macbook Air Cement Laptop Messenger Bag - Yellow

13 Macbook Air Cement Laptop Messenger Bags

13 Macbook Air Cement Laptop Messenger Bag

13 Macbook Air Cement Laptop Messenger Bag - Black

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Affiliate Links: Links to Iconify in this post are of the affiliate variety. This means that if you sign-up to the paid plan I get a nice little financial kick-back. I don't usually do affiliate stuff, but I'm making an exception in this case a clean, fast, responsive and minimal logo portfolio

I did an ever so tiny write-up on a while back: Iconify—An Online, Responsive, Minimal & Downloadable Portfolio App before I had chance to use it myself. Now I have used it, uploaded all of my logo and icon designs, just wanted to do a quick follow up on this rather nice online portfolio.

I like it because it's so damn quick and easy to set-up and upload your work. No faffing around, no extraneous fancy extras to get in your way and slow you down from publishing a straightforward really accesible gallery of your work.

Don't think I have used, and continue to use, something as user friendly, both user and client end, as Iconify. You can view my Iconify portfolio here:

I have tried them all over the years, they come and go, with the more established ones like: Behance, Cargo Collective, Flickr etc staying the distance, but if you really want a super quick, mobile friendly platform to cleanly display your work then I can't recommend Iconify highly enough.

For me it has become the first 3rd party web based portfolio that I update, usually even before my own hosted portfolio here on imjustcreative, simply because it's just so quick and easy to update. After I have updated Iconify then I usually update the imjustcreative portfolio, then Behance and possibly Flickr if I can be arsed. I used to like CargoCollective, but just having all the customisation options there sort of makes me shudder.

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Because you can set up folders on the left side navigation you can basically create self contained projects, or smaller sub portfolios.

I have created a master logo portfolio, a portfolio for my monomarks, and a folder for the few icons I have designed. There are no text entry options, not even captions which I actually love because it forces you to just focus on the imagery and let it speak for it self, which obviously also makes uploading and updating the portfolio so blindingly fast and painless.

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There is a simple analytics page, as well as just two clean themes to choose from, and again: less choice means less time with draining choices to make, and I just love this about iconify.

One of the smartest features is it's mobile friendly nature, from being fully responsive on all devices right down to being able to download, from a mobile device, the portfolio as a mobile app.

If you're stressing because you don't have any kind of portfolio at this moment, then Iconify will enable you to get up and running in no time. If like me you maintain several portfolios then I think Iconify will also provide you with a version of your portfolio that is always ready and waiting to be updated in super quick time. I sometimes use my Iconify URL as I actually prefer the way it looks and works over my own portfolio on imjustcreative!


Got nothing much to lose by signing up for the free plan, then you might come to the same conclusion I have come to.


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Nice little video from the folks at Iconify:

Interesting web based application in the form of The simple idea is to slip in your 1024px icon master then makeappicon hurls out a number of popular app icon size for both iOS and Android.

I tried it 'oh so quickly with my simple grape iOS app icon and it gave me 10 new app icon sizes in about 3 seconds.

Please note that I have not opened up and checked these individual files for quality, signs of degradation or other 'too good to be true' unwanted pixel scenarious.

I always create each app icon size manually so as to be able to ensure the whole pixel-fitting is in order, and would hazard a guess that wouldn't be able to automagically do this.

However, even if the individual icons are not 100%, the fact that you have a simple and quick means to knock out some provisional app icons for testing etc is a huge potential time saver for when you are at the early stages of the icon design and just want to get a quick feel for how the design will look in-situ and at smaller sizes. Plus, even if you don't want to rely on it for individual icon sizes you still get a quick way to get an iPhone phone mock-up with icon in place with text.

It's definitely worth a go especially as it's FREE!

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