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November 27, 2017

A brief history of computer icons

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From design.tutsplus:

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Windows95

As with great works of art, you must look into the past to appreciate the future.

Apple_system_7

With roots as far back as the 1970′s, the humble icon has come a long way.

Windows_xp

[Here] is a collection of icons though history.

Osx

Although there have been many other operating systems in the time between 1981 and 2010, I’ve handpicked the ones of the most significance to modern icon design.

Windows_7

These designs show just a small fraction of the icons in the many and varied User Interfaces throughout the years.

Apple_leopard

To learn more about the history of User Interface Design you can find a comprehensive article on the subject on Wikipedia.

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[via Nuclear Toast]

November 27, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


Comments

Most icons are between 16x16 or 128x128 pixels.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_icon

It always amazed me to see how creative and endearing some are.

It seems like at this scale, a few pixels can make or break a classic.

Posted by: Joe Peach | Aug 18, 2010 5:14:04 PM

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