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This article was published on April 21, 2013

Quickly test iOS icon designs on your home screen with Icon Strike

Quickly test iOS icon designs on your home screen with Icon Strike
Harrison Weber
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Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email. Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email.

There are a number of ways to test designs on your iOS device — services like Scala View and Adobe Edge Inspect are likely at the top of your list. But as we’ve seen lately, sometimes a lightweight solution is the best way to stay efficient and inspired.

Icon Strike, a simple app which lets you test icon designs on your home screen with little effort, fits this description perfectly.

Created ahead of the launch of iOS app prototyping tool Flinto, Icon Strike asks that you upload your icon, open that link on your iOS device and then add the site to your home screen. From there, you can repeat the process, adjusting the design based on how it looks on your device.

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To speed things up, Icon Strike gives you the option to email yourself a link, text it via SMS or copy the resulting URL. You can also choose if you want to show Apple’s default gloss onto your icon, or go without it.

Try this Web app out for yourself, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

➤ Icon Strike (free, via Sidebar)

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