At the moment I’m busy with my case study at the Textiellab. One of the things I’m doing research on are icons. I’m a huge fan of icons. Their simplicity and their power to transcend cultural barrier and deliver information effortlessly and effectively. It’s so interesting that they are a language and image at the same time.
When I was reading about it I discover more about the history of icons. They evolved from prehistoric petroglyphs into a uniform visual language. Nowadays we probably most commonly think of their use in computers, smart phones and software. The icon you can see above is designed for one of the first computers by Norm Cox. This document-icon we see almost everyday. So I thought, let’s give it a little bit attention!
A fantastic book if you like to know more about icons: The Icon Handbook written by Jon Hicks.