Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Nov 2006 22:42 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Many BeOS enthusiasts were eagerly awaiting the results from the contest Haiku held in order to determine its icon set. People unfamiliar with BeOS won't understand what the fuss is all about; well, BeOS's isometric icon set was one of the defining elements of the look of BeOS. I am happy to report that the icon set for Haiku is almost exactly identical to the svg version of the original BeOS icon set (used in Zeta, among others). On a slightly related note, there's news about Vista's icons as well.
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Nice but...
by Abdullah on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 00:07 UTC
Abdullah
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2005-07-06

Yep, the original BeOS icons were really nice. They were fresh, clean and simple. Also, they were very consistant with each other, which is important. Compare to Windows XP where some icons are from one perspective, and others are from another perspective. Messy.

I'm glad that 'BeOS style' icons were chosen for Haiku, but IMO, I disagree with Thom when he says that "the icon set for Haiku is almost exactly identical to the svg version of the original BeOS icon set". They are definately not! Look closer! They are similar, but not exact! They are more cartoony, and 'freestyle' compared to the originals. Compare Stippi, the winner, to the Zumi icons, which are actually more similar to the original BeOS icons.

Well done to Stippi anyway. You put in the effort. But one thing to note is that I think in the future, when people want to create icons for their own applications that match the system icons, it will be more difficult to emulate the slightly 'cartoony' look of Stippi than to emulate (orignal BeOS style, straight isometric) look of Zumi.

Edited 2006-11-02 00:25

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