I built Battery Guardian to help my wife maintain her new MacBook Pro. Laptops are expensive purchases and some care is needed to get the most from the internal battery.
Our prior Mac laptop is in our kitchen, permanently attached to the power, acting as a music and spoken word player – often streaming BBC Radio 4. The older laptop's battery has utterly failed; removing the mains power results in an immediate shut down. The battery does not charge and provides no power what-so-ever.
I wanted to avoid that same no-power fate for our new Mac laptop. Apple provide advice for getting the most of their MacBook line of computers. But in my experience, no-one I spoke to knew of this advice or what it might be.
The advice is simple, fully discharge your Mac battery about once a month. Battery Guardian enshrines Apple's advice and makes following the advice easy.
When we decided to release Battery Guardian through DssW, I took the opportunity to experiment with the look and feel of the product. Battery Guardian aims to help a wider audience than our other more technical products. For this reason, I wanted to try a different design style.
The photorealistic look common in the Mac software market is not our style. DssW adopts an iconic look and feel to our icons. Our icons tend towards simple shapes with solid colour that scale well and can be reproduced consistently. You can see all our icons on the DssW products page.
With Battery Guardian it took a while to narrow down both the product name and associated artwork. The samples below show a couple of the designs and variations we tried.
After many iterations, we settled on our final icon.