Stop The Mad Icon

July 26, 2018

By Jeff Johnson

Yesterday I released StopTheMadness version 4.0. Wow, I can't believe how much time has passed since version 1.0 shipped. It's been almost 3… months. In the beginning, this project had a shoestring budget. I ate shoestrings because I couldn't afford ramen. I'm not an artist — more of a standup philosopher — so when it came time to make the app icon, I had to come up with a "creative" solution. If all you have is Xcode, everything looks like code. Thus, I wrote an app to generate my app icon! (Sadly and ironically, the icon generating app still lacks an icon.) A little NSImageRep, a little NSGradient, a little NSBezierPath, a very little talent, and this was the result:

Old StopTheMadness icon

Yeah. I'm sorry. After StopTheMadness got noticed and shot up like a Fireball, I decided to hire a professional designer to do the icon. Enter my fellow developer Rory Prior of ThinkMac Software. Rory took my original ugly concept and turned it into something beautiful:

New StopTheMadness icon

Thanks Rory, and I hope that everyone enjoys the new StopTheMadness icon!