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👤 Michael
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I am a proud Christian: I LOVE JESUS CHRIST!
I am also a firm believer in 6-Day Biblical Creationism.
📅 Age: 19
Hobbies: Graphic design, drawing cartoons, and relaxing.
🎨 Favorite style of art: Computer Art/Digital Media
🎵 Favorite genre of music: Anything that sounds good. But mainly Rock and EDM!
📺 Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
🏠 Current Residence: Kansas City (USA)

★ Let's see how many countries will visit me! (Added on 1/18/13)
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  • Watching: The view counter
  • Playing: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Eating: Breakfast
  • Drinking: Water
Metro UI Icon Set view changes by dAKirby309     Metro UI Icon Set - 725 Icons by dAKirby309

This is what I watched over the course of about 3 hours (and overnight). The first two statistics are from about a 3 hour difference (the days reset, that's why the number of views on the second stats image is much lower). The THIRD image is what I woke up to this morning! I meant to stay up until it happened officially but I forgot.

I cannot believe this has happened. I uploaded the set back in January of 2012 just for fun and I never would have imagined something I've made would become so popular. This set is what got me my start in graphic design and especially got me truly interested in graphic design. I originally planned on being a cartoonist. Before this set, I just made stuff cause I could, no experience, no training, just cause I had the software to do it. Ever since I was little I've wanted to make things! I wanted to make things look pretty, not just functional. On my first computer, a junky old Windows XP desktop computer from the late 90's, I spent many hours customizing the way it looked and felt. It was a lot of fun. Then I started trying to use Paint (a nightmare at the time) to make pictures. Then started designing cursors and soon, images like icons and stuff.

I was inspired to make this set when Windows 8 first was shown off by Jensen Harris on a Microsoft video talking about the Windows 8 Start Screen. I saw those, what I thought were, beautiful and colorful tiles and thought "I want custom Windows 8 tiles!" So I searched far and wide across the internet expecting that SOMEONE would have made some custom Win8 tiles to download. To my surprise... NO. I couldn't find a single Metro icon anywhere. So I decided to make my own! I used PowerPoint 2010 cause that's what I had at the time.

Using PowerPoint to originally make the tiles was quite a challenge, but quite a bit of fun too. No Illustrator, no image editing software, just PowerPoint and Photoshop to place the white icons on the colored background. I posted my icons to DeviantArt and they immediately got lots of views and downloads... and comments of people asking for more! So I gave 'em more as best I could with what I had!

Every single day since then, the Metro UI Icon Set has gotten anywhere from 400 to 2,000 views in a single day! There was never a day (except for the very beginning probably) that it didn't surpass 100-400 views in a day. That still runs true to this day. In fact, at the end of the day for the past couple years or so, whenever I check the set's stats, the counter was never below 400 views. I can't believe how that happened.

This is what gave me my start in freelance design and development of my graphic design skills. I took a few classes in school to teach me how to use the software and the rest was self-taught. I'm still taking classes on graphic design in college to further my skills in hopes of becoming a professional one day. It's such a blessing to see how all this has happened. God has blessed me with a plethora of things these past few years, really leading me into this path of what He apparently wants me to do, and something I love doing! I couldn't be more thankful.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for supporting me through all the tough times and good times. :)

Journal History


Just deleted EVERYTHING on my PC (Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Insider Preview) and I have no operating systems installed. I half regret and am half excited about what I just did ... Currently installing Windows 10 RTM. *hopes everything goes well* :P

Filename by dAKirby309
He is risen! Happy Easter everyone! :)

🎵 Living, he loved me
Dying, he saved me
Buried, he carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He's coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day 🎵
A new bare bones skeleton of a possible new Windows 10 file explorer concept in the works :D

EDIT: Concept is released: V3 Windows 10 Explorer Concept - Reimagined Ribbon by dAKirby309

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mare-m Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
Thanks for adding to your collection :-)
PeterRollar Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanx for the :iconfavplz:

Glad you like it:D (Big Grin)


Have a nice time my friend:) (Smile)
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course, it's really cool! Nice job :)
PeterRollar Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Orphydian Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
seen the visual update for OneDrive site? Man thats horrible, the tiny text, the huge black bar that is useless and only takes space etc. One drive used to  llook so clean. Hope they will not touch or other web apps.
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thanks for letting me know, I haven't been on there in a while. Overall, the design looks nice. However, it's a bit ugly at the same time in places. I feel that the text is too small, but I like the new folder shape and design (plus they're live so it goes through pics and things you have in there which I like.. don't remember if the old design did that). The black bar has been there since the old design but it has changed some, I liked it better before.

All in all, I like the design IDEA, but the execution needs some work. I like it but I don't love it.
Orphydian Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Didnt notice the Tile animations.

Well 1 good change and 3 others not so good.

 The new blue ribbon applied to folder tiles has a shape (I might call that "step" shape) that isnt very compatible with the live tile animations that slide vertically. The simple straight ribbons felt more natural and coherent. Moreover its oversized now and doesnt leave the same space for the folder content to display.

the round checked "boxes" are again complately out of place. The corner check selections where the perfect place to put a check mark. I also noticed this round boxes have  astrange shade of blue that isnt typical for One drive theme. WTH? 

I wish the bar had some Comands in it like in so that it doesnt take space from the actual content area. I imagine with the new Edge browser that already has an oversized top nav this would be critical. And why is black I dont know.

Even so Ive could be not bothered so much  with all of these if it wouldnt be the new Text. I mean why? the navigation panel is the no. 1 place where you have to have visibility. This si totally contrasting with the modern design and the difference between large picture tiles in onedrive and this grainy text is grotesque.
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like that blue ribbon shape, looks a little more like an actual folder (or one of those things that holds folders, I forget what they're called).

Round checkboxes = no. Square = yes please!
Orphydian Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
did you get the update to laters windows 10 build? I ddint. Its a VM ware issue?
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No I haven't used Windows 10 in a couple weeks.
Orphydian Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

here is my journal entry bro. I would gladly apreciate if you could post it to your group blog and to your personal journal as well even if you dont uphold it completely.
Orphydian Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
so did you get my message?
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The note about windows 10? Yeah, just haven't had a chance to reply yet. But I read through it and I agree with most everything you said
Orphydian Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yup btw can you see your feedback that you sent via Windows feedback app?
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not quite sure as I haven't really used the feedback app, only UserVoice but I imagine you can somehow.
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AidenDrew Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: :D !
2ndKeeper Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the fav!
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
thanks for the fave! Hug 
PeterRollar Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy holidays and a happy new year!
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :) you too!
ZloyKritik Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Thanks for the favHi! 
dAKirby309 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob, they are good wallpapers :D
ZloyKritik Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Thanks;) (Wink) 
l24d Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the :+fav: :)
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