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Should my application name relate to app icon? For example if I want to name my application apple should the icon be an apple icon?

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Fundamentally, this feels like a branding/marketing question. If a UI designer were to solely use his priorities in determining the icon, I don't think he'd be doing it justice. – Rahul Oct 14 '10 at 7:38
Pretty much what Rahul said. This is a bigger picture question that should incorporate a broader marketing/branding initiative. In general, yea, he icon should somehow relate to the app as should the name, but good branding may trump that. – DA01 Oct 14 '10 at 21:26

It depends. Ideally, what the application does would be something related to "Apple", so the name, function, and icon are all aligned.

However, if your "Apple" application is used for, say, painting, a paint icon might work better. Then it becomes your decision on whether to align the icon with the application's name or the application's function.

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I concur Hisham. It really depends. I recommend this book: iPhone and iPad Apps Marketing: Secrets to Selling Your iPhone and iPad Apps (Que Biz-Tech)

There's a section on this which I find helpful.

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Yes it should, because this way it supports the user remembering the app. I can remember the name and the icon an associate it easily.

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The app name, icon, and even the installation file should all be considered in the use of the product.

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