Sometimes you just have to do something for yourself to get the effect, or a certain “je ne sais quoi” if you will, that’s needed to complete the aesthetic of an interface. That’s exactly what the makers of Forecast did.

Skycons Example

For most of its development, Forecast used Adam Whitcroft’s Climacons, but they lacked the animations seen elsewhere in the app. As mentioned in the announcement post, “the Climacons simply felt too flat, too static; we therefore set about making our own set of animated weather icons that felt more alive.”

The result? Skycons — a set of ten animated weather glyphs, generated by JavaScript using Canvas and heavily inspired by Adam Whitcroft’s Climacons.

Check out the Skycon’s homepage or the source on GitHub if you’re looking to learn from or hack on the project.


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