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[3]: Oxygen
by Adurbe on Tue 8th Sep 2009 13:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Oxygen"
Adurbe
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2005-07-06

its important to know where influences lie.

You can like the icons but they mimic the style and semiotics of the aqua icons of old. Apple have since moved away from its original aqua look but the influence still applies.

Take as an example the usage of the harddisk icon. The style is an (almost) exact match of that of OSX

As this artical was about comparing styles of icons and their depiction of functionality it seems pertinent to point out that Oxygen openly copied the style of Aqua

Edited 2009-09-08 13:17 UTC

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RE[4]: Oxygen
by smitty on Tue 8th Sep 2009 18:43 in reply to "RE[3]: Oxygen"
smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

its important to know where influences lie.

You still haven't answered my question, which is: Why?

Intel may have created the x86 architecture, but I'm still going to use an AMD machine if they currently have the better implementation of it. I don't particularly care who came up with the basic ideas 20 years ago, beyond a limited interest in history.

Oxygen openly copied the style of Aqua

That's really a harsh way of putting it - I would say they took inspiration from Aqua, and created their own icons in a similar photo-realistic style. We're sort of saying the same things, but I think the connotations are quite a bit different.

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RE[5]: Oxygen
by Adurbe on Wed 9th Sep 2009 15:39 in reply to "RE[4]: Oxygen"
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

reading back over the comments I don't think our opinions differ wildly only our (my) wording :-)

The About page on the oxygen website describes the influence as follows

"So yes, OS X Aqua style is inspiring and a reference on several issues mentioned later. Oxygen, however, does not intend to copy anything but rather to collect ideas for the ways that people present visual metaphors with an eye not only on artwork but also on usability and improve on these ideas."

edit: removed english slang

Edited 2009-09-09 15:41 UTC

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