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The article describes the background and the detailed history of computer icons featured in graphical interfaces – complete with visual examples and short descriptions of 21 interfaces (from 1981’s Xerox Star to upcoming BeOS Zeta). There is also a breakdown of various icon properties (such as size, style or number of colours). The article ends with a quick glimpse into the future and a conclusion that the icons are not necessarily evolving into the most desirable direction, focusing more on the visuals than the functionality.

Disclaimer: I’m not very happy with this article. It is not well-researched, and generally written in a hurry. Still, I can imagine it might be somewhat useful?

December 2003

Written and set by: Marcin Wichary

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Page added on 31st December 2003.

Copyright © 2002-2005 Marcin Wichary
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