The Ark: An Icon for the App

As most of you who read this blog regularly will know, I’m in the process of developing an app to accompany my current work-in-progress, The Ark.

In the very near future, when the world as we know it implodes, a group of scientists and their families retreat into a bunker inside Mount Kosciusko, alongside five billion plant seeds which hold the key to the future of life on earth. Will they survive?

The Ark is a speculative fiction exploring societal entropy in the wake of environmental catastrophe, told through a collection of digital documents including web pages, blog posts, emails, text messages and conversation transcripts.

I’m currently working with designer James Redicliffe on an icon for the app. The website/app’s home screen will look something like this:

The first design for the app icon is based on this menu, and reflects the idea of the seed:

On an iPhone screen it would look like this:

The official name for the facility known as ‘The Ark’ is the National Arboreal Protection Facility and the vault houses seeds for trees, so the second design options focus on this:

In ‘real size’ they would look like this:

Your turn: I would love to hear your thoughts on which icon you think would be most effective, and why. Please let me know in the comments.

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