7 golden rules for creating brilliant iOS 7 icons

The design of iOS 7's icons has proved divisive, but as Bjango director and lead designer Marc Edwards pointed out in our feature on what Apple got right and wrong with iOS 7's icons: "App icons are typically updated in conjunction with major releases, and so I doubt we'll see much change at all until iOS 8. So love them or hate them, they're here to stay for a while."

The snag for designers is that because Apple's changes were so radical, iOS 6 icons can't help but look dated when surrounded by newcomers. But how exactly should you go about designing for iOS 7? Is it really a case of stripping everything back and ramping up the colours to 11? We decided to find out and spoke to icon design experts, who revealed seven golden rules for designing iOS 7 icons.

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