Apple’s worst icons
Apple has built a well deserved reputation for impeccable design in both its hardware and operating systems, but even the best designers can get lazy. Here’s a quick tribute to some of Apple’s worst icon blunders of the past couple years. (And please let me know if I missed any in the comments).
Sharing. Nothing says “sharing” like a… um… say, what is that? A “man crossing the road” sign? I can’t tell. It’s too small to really tell what it is, so we’ll have to guess. I think maybe it’s a baker bringing cupcakes to an orphanage.
Granted, Mission Control is kind of a hard concept to explain in an icon, and Apple wussed out by basically shrinking down a 1920x 1080 screenshot into a 50 pixel icon. I suppose if you already know what Mission Control is and does, it MIGHT be discernible. Well, at least they wrote “Misison Control” under it.
Front Row is supposed to be the digital hub for all your Media (music, photos, and Movies), but Apple decided to just go with a “movies” theme for its icon. that would be forgiveable if the chair they chose looked more like a movie theater chair and less like the IKEA POÄNG.
Date and Time. How could you screw up something as simple and, dare I say, “iconic” as Date and Time? Simple! Just put them in the wrong order. So now we have “Time and Date” for our “Date and Time” icon. You might think that’s nit-picking, but I bet Steve wouldn’t.
What the hell is this? Did Apple go to iStockPhoto and just search for “icons”? I could be crazy, but I bet if you polled 50,000 people, not one would be able to tell you what Qmaster did from looking at its icon.
I could ALMOST forgive these “Pro App” icons for their similar design (no doubt an homage to Final Cut Pro’s icon) if it weren’t for the fact that color, DVD Studio Pro, and Motion (which also came in the Pro bundle) all had non-clapboard icons. And what does a clapboard have to do with Live Type anyway?
iWeb. Nothing says “build your own website” like a corkboard. I really wish Apple didn’t discontinue iWeb, if for no other reason than to see if they could come up with a better icon. I suggest a spider (preferably wearing a top hat) spinning a web. With a cork board stuck to it.