Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Sep 2009 17:43 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Last week, Culf of Mac published an article showing off some of Snow Leopard's beautiful 512x512 icons, revealing some interesting tidbits about them you could only see when the icons are fully maximised. In this article, I compare some of Snow Leopard's icons to those of Windows 7, and you'll see while both operating systems have beautiful icons, there are some key differences between the styles of these icons. Note that this article contains some large images, so if you're on dial-up, you've been warned.
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RE: Give me functional
by kaiwai on Mon 7th Sep 2009 23:50 UTC in reply to "Give me functional"
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The fact that anyone is concerned about having "beautiful 512x512 icons" should give us a clue as to why the world is in such bad shape today. I vote we put the designers *and* the critics on the "B" Ark.

Ascetics is more than just beauty, it is also about functionality and purveying a certain message which affect peoples productivity. Just as architecture is the embodiment of certain qualities - a particular style of icons, colours, desktop and so forth can produce an response which either increases or decreases productivity.

If the GUI itself is well laid out, the colours and icon design purvey a sense of optimism, inviting and a sense of using the computer being a pleasure rather than a chore - one can easily find that their overall productivity can increase as a result. Where as an purely functional GUI might get the job done it might also drive a wedge between the end user and the computer so that it turns into something they would rather not use.

Edited 2009-09-07 23:52 UTC

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