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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by DavidSan on Mon 7th Sep 2009 19:15 UTC
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The control panel and System Preferences icons are also quite interesting. I find them both examples of icons that do not convey their meaning very well; the Mac one because a bunch of gears doesn't really remind me of settings, and the Windows one because the weird colour scheme makes it quite difficult to make out what, exactly, the icon is showing us (especially at normal size, it's terrible).

I think the System Preferences icon in Mac OS X tries to tell "internal mechanism" or "internals", just how things "tick" inside the system.

I believe it is really appropriate. It reminds me of mechanical clocks.

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