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Creating a Grayscale Icon – We’ll Leave That up to You

Through the SpiderOak Vine, we keep hearing that our Mac users would really enjoy a SpiderOak grayscale icon for the toolbar – keeping with the consistency of the overall Mac look & feel. After an internal conversation on the topic, we thought the best way to make this happen would be to open it up to our community to see what you all could come up with.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

1. Make a SpiderOak grayscale icon (keeping intellectual property and copyrights in mind)

2. Send an image file to on/or before June 24

3. If you are so inclined, share the contest with your friends and family

Here’s what we’ll do:

1. Ogle over your icon submission

2. Pick an icon that we like best

3. Boost your account 20 additional GBs & feature you in our Release Notes

We are eager to see all your submissions! There are of course several tools that will help you along the way but we will leave those choices up to you. :-)

Special ‘Secret’ Note: Along these lines, we have been investigating a move toward a much more native look & feel across all of our supported platforms. Who knows – perhaps this will be available soon…


  1. 'Native Look' says:

    In the case of Linux, I hope this means you'll be doing a GTK3 (aka GNOME 3) look as well as as a Qt/KDE look..

  2. Simon says:

    You should also get someone to make a Faenza icon too. The Spideroak icon doesn't fit in with my theme.

  3. Egordin says:

    A mote native Mac UI would be great. Please let me know how I can help in terms of eta testing and general feedback. Keep up the good work!

  4. Egordin says:

    PS you can find me @egordin on twitter or at

  5. John says:

    I assume that only the winner will receive the 20 gigs, and not everybody who submits?

  6. Jovan Washington says:

    Hi John – Have you made a submission?

  7. Luckyluke says:

    Do you have any contests coming up for us artistically challenged people? I would love to win some gigs but suck at stuff like that…

  8. Jovan Washington says:

    Hey there Luckyluke!

    Not to worry – we do have more to come. With a name like that, I am sure you'll win something for sure. :-)

  9. Ryan says:

    I think you nailed it with the grayscale icon in the post! Really looking forward to this!

  10. Jovan Washington says:

    Thanks Ryan. Me too!

  11. John says:

    Jovan -
    No, not yet, but I thought, other people might want to know too, to manage their expectations :)

  12. dominik says:

    Is there any chance that we will see integration into unity (the new Ubuntu desktp environment) via indicator support?

  13. Jovan Washington says:

    Thanks John!

    Dominik – we are actually looking into that :-)

  14. emkay says:

    I'm looking forward to a gray/black icon for the mac toolbar. Also thumbs up for a more native interface on mac. I hope we will see this in the near future…

  15. Jovan Washington says:

    Thanks! We have chosen a good one and will let you all see how it looks soon!

  16. Ryan says:

    Just moved over from Dropbox. I'm looking forward to the new icon for OS X!

  17. emkay says:

    Still waiting… please include the new icon soon! The coloured icon is a real flaw on Mac OS X

  18. molecule-eye says:

    It's not 23 August and I don't see a monochrome icon option. Were there no submissions? Just make the current one monochrome!

  19. Januz says:

    I´m still waiting also… Please give us the new icon!!!

  20. mike says:

    please include greyscale icon my lovely spideroak :D

  21. Fugly Icon says:

    Please change me. I stand out! DropBox has a nice black icon!

  22. Jaffa says:

    Did anything happen with this? There's the option for a black icon, but on Ubuntu the icons are white. An inverted version of the black icon would be good (I'll GIMP it up myself if necessary!)