Tagged: icons

Is Apple’s design style going down hill?

Mac icon evolution
Ultimately, only you can answer that. Apple has chosen a direction with the Mac’s GUI that is quite a departure from even the recent past. Lots of people love it, and lots of people don’t like it at all. I find myself somewhere in the middle.

When I look at the icons above individually, I like all the new ones. But collectively, when compared to the old ones, they don’t work as well. First off, Apple has chosen to go decidedly whiter with their icons. In a crowded Dock, they all sort of blend together. None of them are easily recognizable at a quick glance. Second, some of them make no sense. Take the new Photos app icon—what in the heck do a bunch of color blobs represent? The old iPhoto icon was clear in what it represented.

But it doesn’t stop with icons. The entire GUI has gotten lighter, more “blended in,” and sometimes confusing. Overall, I still love the Mac’s interface. Lately though, I’m finding more and more “little things” that really bug me.

Nicholas Windsor Howard has a great two-part article about the subject (complete with plenty of screenshots) that’s worth the read. Part one can be found here, and part-two here. Take a look and see if you agree with his opinions.

Free vector art: Camera icons

Camera vector icons

Download this set of 36 camera vector icons (2.2MB), perfect for your website, logo or print designs. The set has been made available exclusively to Graphic Mac readers by Vandaley Design.

The camera icons come in AI, EPS, SVG, PNG and PSD format.

Be sure to check out the thousands of Vandaley Design’s PSDs, vector art, textures, templates and other resources—all affordably priced starting at just $10 per month.

300+ Free vector icons

Free flat color icons

Icons8 has made available a pack of 300+ flat color icons, free for commercial and personal use.

The icons come in PDF, PNG and SVG (vector, opened in Adobe Illustrator or other app that supports SVG) format.

Download the free icons here, and be sure to check out all their other great work while you’re there.

Red, green, blue: the colors of app icons

App Icon Colors

Stuart Hall offers an interesting look at the colors of app icons on iOS and the Mac in this article. Blue, by far, is the most popular color; but if you want to stand out from the crowd, purple is probably the coolest color to go with! I’m actually surprised at how few apps use the pink/purple hues.

Exclusive: Free Cloud Computing Icons

Cloud Computing Icons

Brusheezy has made this set of 36 cloud computing icons available for free, exclusively for Graphic Mac readers. Not only are these icons provided in PNG and PSD format, but fully editable vector format.

Brusheezy offers a host of design resources, focusing primarily on Photoshop brushes, patterns and textures. Lately, they’ve added PSDs to the mix. If the site looks familiar, it’s because I’ve shared artwork in the past from their companion site Vecteezy.

This free icon pack from Brusheezy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.