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The New Icons of Mac OS X Yosemite

Mac OS X Yosemite will come with a bunch of new interesting UI updates. The updates includes icons and just as iOS8 started a trend, this update to Mac OS X will probably also be defining a style for desktop app icons. Jim Tanous did a nice side-by-side comparison of the icons. Regarding how Apple clearly hasn’t settled on a streamlined OS X icon style, despite iOS now having a very well defined “framework” for icons.

activitymonitor

 

 

appstore

 

 

calculator

 

 

 

calendar

 

 

contacts

 

 

dictionary

 

 

facetime

 

 

gamecenter

 

 

ibooks

 

 

 

 

launchpad

 

 

mail

 

 

maps

 

 

messages

 

 

missioncontrol

 

 

notes

 

 

preview

 

 

reminders

 

 

safari

 

 

systempreferences

 

 

terminal

 

 

textedit

 

 

 

 

timemachine

 

 

trash

 

The icons above are property of Apple Inc. Duh.

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  1. It’s a weird combination to me. Some new OSX Yosemite icons are still kind of skeumorphic (i.e. textedit), while others are a lot like iOS7 flat icons (i.e. calculator).

    The complexity of every icon is too different from each other (i.e. mission control is pretty much simple, while photo preview is rather complex).

    Sidenote, I never liked the ‘games’ icon. Not even in iOS7. All that shiny glows… ugh.

    I really liked some icons though: Time Machine, Terminal, Safari, Reminders, Messages… and specially, Activity Monitor (that seems to be within an iPad)!