These Legendary UI Icons Are Now Hanging In a Museum

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. » 3/10/15 2:45pm 3/10/15 2:45pm

Google Just Released Hundreds of Cool Icons That You Can Use For Free

As part of its Material Design project, Google has published a set of lovely icons, designed for use in mobile apps or whatever else you fancy using them for. And they're free! » 10/21/14 7:30am 10/21/14 7:30am

OS X Yosemite Dock Icons, Ranked

Apple just released OS X Yosemite. It looks pretty nice. The typeface is new. The menus are frosty. The new "Dark Mode" is dashing. And, best of all, the icons are fresh and delightful. Well, most of them are. » 10/17/14 11:07am 10/17/14 11:07am

Inspecting Yosemite's Icons

Last month Apple released a preview of their new operating system, OS X Yosemite. Following the visual refresh in iOS 7, Yosemite features a significant visual change. Apple has added the familiar blur and translucent materials, a cleaner looking user interface, a new system font and updated icons. » 7/07/14 12:00pm 7/07/14 12:00pm

The Story Behind the Universal Icons That Came Long Before Emoji

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. » 6/19/14 2:20pm 6/19/14 2:20pm

Who Designed the Weather Icons?

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… » 5/27/14 4:27pm 5/27/14 4:27pm

Who Designed the Hamburger Icon?

The hamburger icon is a classic. Even if you don't know it by that name, its three black bars are as familiar as your mouse's cursor—a constant companion on your cyber journey since the day you got your first computer. But who designed this icon? » 3/31/14 3:16pm 3/31/14 3:16pm

How Different Your Favorite Apps Look in iOS 7 (Updating)

All that chatter about the death of skeuomorphism and the rise of flat design, iOS 7 is finally here. It's got a new look, which means your apps do, too. We're compiling all of your favorite apps in both their old and updated forms so you can see exactly what's changed and what's pretty much the same. Keep checking… » 9/18/13 1:33pm 9/18/13 1:33pm

A Lot of Cameras Are Going to Change in the Tiniest Way Possible

If you use a Sony or Fujifilm camera or Nokia phone or anything like that, you may notice a slight difference in future editions of your favorite camera and phones. The iconic Carl Zeiss imprint on the camera lens will now be just ZEISS. I guess they were growing tired of non photogs asking who the heck is Carl Zeiss? » 6/28/13 8:34pm 6/28/13 8:34pm

These New iOS 7 Icons Sure Look Familiar

Apple's new app icons sure are something, aren't they? Each one is so delightful and cheery and vibrant. Who knew shading would look so much better than drop shadows! But wait! I think I've seen some of these before. » 6/10/13 6:16pm 6/10/13 6:16pm

How to Make an iOS App Icon That Works

I've made my fair share of apps, and to me the one question that still bounces around my head is: When taking an app-first approach to designing a product, how should a designer decide on the look and feel of the icon? There are many different icon types I've considered, but I wanted to explore a few of the more… » 4/17/13 2:00pm 4/17/13 2:00pm

The Most Accurate Map of Gay Marriage Support in America

Seen a few profile pictures change in support of gay marriage recently? The all-seeing eye of Facebook has seen quite a few, and from that ocean of data, it's whipped up a comprehensive map of gay marriage support in the America. » 3/29/13 2:06pm 3/29/13 2:06pm

Snap Up This Renegade App and Hide Your Stock iOS Icons While You Can

Hate having that "Stock" icon hanging out on your iPhone? Even if you shunt it over to its own page with all the other misfits, it's still there and you can't get rid of it. Well, lucky for you, there's an app in the App Store right now that'll let you hide it, but act fast because it's bound to be gone soon. » 3/11/13 4:31pm 3/11/13 4:31pm

How Many Icons Do You Have On Your Desktop

There are plenty of ways to keep a desktop. On the one hand, it's kind of like your default folder, immediately displayed to you on login. It's a convenient place for those things you need quick, like dozens of shortcuts. On the other hand, it's a homescreen, a homescreen, and shouldn't you keep your home clean and… » 9/29/12 4:00pm 9/29/12 4:00pm

Finally a Left-Handed Person Can Feel Normal on the Internet

Left-handed people have it tough. Scissors aren't meant for them, the average mouse isn't shaped for them and gloves aren't meant for them. Everyday life has been all backwards. But it's okay! You can be normal on the Internet now with this left hand pointer icon. » 6/11/12 5:20pm 6/11/12 5:20pm

App Icon Sticky Notes Turn Your Whole World Into iOS

You can write a mile long list of reminders on your phone, but you'll still forget them all if it's tucked away in your pocket. That's why sticky notes have yet to be replaced by deviced like the iPhone, and these app icon-themed pads seem like they're rubbing that fact in. » 5/31/12 3:40pm 5/31/12 3:40pm

Computer Icons That Don't Make Sense Anymore

Scott Hanselman is a Microsoft programmer, stand-up comedian, and author. And now, he is a philosopher of computer iconography. The bane of his existence? It's the Icons whose real world analogues no longer exist. Here are five of the worst offenders. For the rest of the list, be sure to visit Scott's blog. » 5/17/12 4:00pm 5/17/12 4:00pm

Retina Display MacBooks Seem Inevitable Now

Here is another sign of the arrival of Retina(ish) displays to the next-generation MacBook Pros: in addition to new high definition cursors in the previous version, the latest Lion update has new ultra-high resolution app icons. » 5/11/12 11:22am 5/11/12 11:22am

Original Mac Icon Prints by Susan Kare

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] » 12/17/10 8:20pm 12/17/10 8:20pm

The 300,000 Biggest Websites, Visualized With Their Icons

How do the 288,945 most heavily trafficked sites on the internet stack up against each other? Take a very close look at this chart to find out. » 8/24/10 3:20pm 8/24/10 3:20pm