We all know what application icons mean. But do you know their history and when they appeared? Today, it’s hard to imagine our life and the use of applications without the icons that they mark. We are accustomed to the fact that every program, game or application on the phone has its own icon.
Now application icons act as a symbol of a particular application, by which we recognize it and automatically pull the arm or mouse to open it, if necessary, often without even paying attention to the name of the program and guided only by the image.
So is it worth telling about the importance of the picture itself, which should not only entice users of different ages with different interests, but also stick in the memory and human
consciousness? I think, yes. Let’s move from the present to the origins of history. Application icons were created much later than the first computer with graphic design that saw the world in 1973.
And the subject of our article, that is application icons, appeared only in 1981. Agree, some time has passed. The first icons were simple black and white. And only a few years later they got the color,
later – the volume, shadows and shades. Some of them also had an unusual viewing angle. After the 2000s, they became realistic, more reminiscent of existing items, rather than a picture. All variations in the design were made for ease of use and attraction of users by their appearance.
However, despite the fact that the design of application icons has been constantly changing, the first versions of the icons in most cases have survived and then just changed a little before they came to our usual appearance today. Often you can hear the statement «New is well forgotten old». Exactly by this principle the developers of icons are guided, because nowadays realism has given a way to simplicity and «plane». And the design of the icons themselves turns to the origins that is not a surprise, because at the moment most users are for simplicity and ease.
Therefore, one should not underestimate, at first glance, the usual icon, which is the year of the work of dozens of people. After all, we are one of the main tools of progress and modification ans all this is done for us.