Concept To Reality

The name "Moonshine" was a rumored, internal codename for Google's earliest version of Material Design back in early 2014—a design language made for Android and the web. In April of that year, there was a leak that gave the world a sneak peek of Google's future for Android and design. It focused on depth, shadows, and layers that mimicked the look and feel of paper. 

⭑ As the Co-Founder and Product Designer, my role involved designing almost all of the ~1,100 total visual assets that were shipped over a 2+ year period. I also designed the app UI, as well as wallpapers and promo graphics for Google Play. The goal was to create an icon pack that reflected this design language—but on a greater, more complete scale that anyone with an Android device could use.

The Process

At the time of these leaks and rumors, Android lacked any product icon design guidelines. There is no approval process, so any developer can upload a 512x512 image and call it a day for their application. Many developers big and small didn't into account any design guidelines, and we wanted to change that. 

A friend of mine and I decided to design 50 icons in this rumored design style, and became the first to actually compile it and publish it as an application on Google Play. We published Version 1.0 in April of 2014 under Valiant Pixels (formerly Nexbit Design), the name of our newly formed small (yet dedicated) design team.

What started as a personal project during our free time, turned into a massive success overnight. Over the course of a few months, we wanted to make these icons as easy accessible as possible. We made it free to download, and wanted to support as many icon launchers as possible.

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Over the next year, a user interface for the Moonshine app was designed and coded. The app included a "dashboard" which would allow users to apply the icon pack to multiple third-party launchers, download wallpapers, view individual icons, and contact support for assistance/bug reports.

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Action, ADW, Solo, Atom, Nova, and many more launchers were supported within the first few months of launch

It also included a FAQ section for people who are new to Android theming. Slight modifications, such as an "About" section and an icon search function, were added at a later date.

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Screenshots of the dashboard application where users could view new and previous icons, wallpapers, and more.

Wallpapers were designed to reflect the use of color, depth, and elevation that is present in Google's Material Design.

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Takeaways, Challenges, & Press

Moonshine is one of the most downloaded and rated iconography products on Google Play. With over 2,400,000 installs, 500,000 active users at its peak, and more than 80,000 reviews (averaging a 4.5/5), it has become one of the most well known icon packs in the Android theming community.

Huge thanks to the developers on this project (Aidan Follestad, Alessandro Eppacher, and Pkmmte Xeleon). They were the ones who helped bring the application dashboard to life.

It became a challenge over time to continue to maintain Moonshine at its peak. Shortly after 1.0 shipped, I ended up being the only designer on the team. I continued to push updates for a little over 2 years until Moonshine got too big to manage by myself. I ended up selling the rights in 2016 to an avid developer and designer, who is still keeping Moonshine in active development till this day.

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© 2020 Pedro Peguero Jr. All rights reserved. Made with  on the go in New York.

© 2020 Pedro Peguero Jr. All rights reserved. Made with  on the go in New York.

© 2020 Pedro Peguero Jr. All rights reserved.
Made with 
 on the go in New York.