The original Mac OS icons. The Google Maps pin. The power-on symbol. These marks, which have been with us for years on our screens (or decades, in some cases), are all on display this month at the Museum of Modern Art.
Before the twin girls dancing, the smiling moon, the steaming pile of poo, there was a whole other visual language we used to help guide us through the world. Before emoji, there was isotype, the influential pictorial language invented in the 1920s. And it continues to influence our lives today.
To modern eyes, they're as intuitive as the alphabet: The bubbly cloud, the circle and its simplistic rays of sunshine. But our weather icons are actually pretty new inventions. Up until the 1970s, meteorologists used an enigmatic system of symbols to forecast the weather—until a design student came along and changed…
Artist Dan Hernandez has an awesome new show up in New York City at the Kim Foster Gallery, combining Renaissance theology with the iconography of early computer game art—or Space Invaders by way of the Book of Genesis.
Susan Kare, famous for making UI elements and icons for the Mac in the 1980s, then NeXT afterwards, is now selling prints of her original Macintosh icons. It says to visitors, "I was a nerd before you." [Kareprints via Laughing Squid]