We spent a whole day making variations on the icon for Luxuria Superbia. Previous test versions of the application already had a whole series of different icons. But the circular rainbow surrounded by twelve petals was the image the stuck the most.
This shape is based on the top view of the temple where you choose which flower you want to play with. The rainbow circle covers the central dome and each petal covers a column. The concentric circles refer to the tunnel shapes of the flowers.
But we felt something was missing and started experimenting with adding a side view of the garden too: the round hill with the temple on top. This hill used to be conical, by the way, but rounded felt more sensual, like a breast crowned by the nipple of the temple.
When the temple was drawn with only three columns, the spaces between them looked like eyes. We were attracted to the appearance of a little ghost in the image but decided against it in the end because it didn’t make much sense for the game. By adding a column we removed the effect.
The suggestion of a narrative with the little landscape of a temple on a hill appealed to us. But when we removed the columns altogether and put the dome immediately on the hill and colored it black, we fell in love. It felt like a Magritte-esque landscape of a daytime rainbow behind a nighttime hill. We did worry that the shape reminded too obviously of a breast, though.
So we continued to experiment with the temple. We liked the white temple with the cloud-like petals. But when we pasted this icon onto a mock-up of the App Store screen, it did not stand out much. It also felt a bit too attractive to children and young girls.
So we decided to go with the dark icon. It clearly reads as “adult” and it stands out a lot. And we decided that it must be our dirty minds that made us see a breast in it and that nobody else would. Or at least didn’t need to. It’s totally abstract! Right?
On iOS, icons cannot have transparency. But on all other platforms, the circle of twelve petals has become the shape of the icon.