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Cluttered desktop folders become art

Storing tons of files on your desktop is never a good idea, and Teknograd Mac Support from Norway has come up with an ad campaign that visualizes the feeling of helplessness that a cluttered desktop can cause. Thanks to faithful Macenstein reader John Hawkins for the pics!

Above: Check out those font teeth!

(more pics after the jump)

[via anti-corporation and creative bits]

32 Responses to “Cluttered desktop folders become art”
  1. Wes says:

    Holy cow, what resolution are you running at?

  2. mikel says:

    you can shrink icons in osX

  3. Torley says:

    Good gosh, I’ve never seen something like this before! I wonder who was the first person to do this? In any case, it’s beautiful!

  4. Torley says:

    BTW, I see TWO reCAPTCHA forms on this page! o.O

  5. danpat says:

    This one is for real!
    Perhaps the inspiration as it got the the front page of Digg.

  6. Johnny says:

    Wow..really creative. Now I know what all these mac guys are doing in graphic design school…

  7. Chimpo says:

    timelapse of the folders being arranged:

  8. Gary says:

    Desktop artist may want to download Desktop Icon Manager (it work on Intel Macs, running 10.4 anyway)

  9. Acronyms says:

    Where is the play with color? That’s when you create real art!

  10. Tadpole256 says:

    Whereas I completely agree that these look awesome, and are terribly creative, it also seems as though this guy has a lot of free time on his hands. I cannot help but wonder if he actually did these by hand, or had the help of a script of some sort…

  11. Andy says:

    try that on windows and explorer.exe will crash like a dead bird

  12. Phil says:

    this really makes me want to get a mac. i mean look how creative these guys are, and they must be really good at what they do to have so much time on their hands.

  13. RespondtoPhilGuy says:

    We have a lot of free time compared to Windows users, don’t have to deal with BSoDs or Virus Scans…

  14. CHill says:

    You can also shrink icons and grow em in linux. And i have like 500 folders in my desktop lol. gotta upload pic

  15. Matt says:

    I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure those patterns are copied directly from the movie Finding Nemo.

  16. Mnaira says:

    If you can be creative with a Mac you can be creative with a PC, Windows or Linux. Hell, you can even use an Amiga if you like. You can also shrink Icons in Linux (Ubuntu, at least).
    If you are good at math, its becouse you have learned it, not because you have a fancy pen or a book.
    at Johnny: [quote]Wow..really creative. Now I know what all these mac guys are doing in graphic design school…
    Its not because they use Mac`s its because they are in graphic design school, thats why they are good at what they do.
    at Phil: [quote]this really makes me want to get a mac. i mean look how creative these guys are, and they must be really good at what they do to have so much time on their hands.
    Again, ist the user not the equipment, thats creative.
    Anyway, really creative Dr.Macenstein. Good job

  17. Anonymous says:

    Heh, I used to do that until I realized that desktop icons were almost entirely useless and unnecessary.

  18. BeyondRandom says:

    some ppl have too much time on their hands…still cool though

  19. Scott says:


    No it won’t. That’s just preposterous. Are you seriously suggesting that resizing icons and positioning them in a non-grid fashion will cause Explorer to crash? I’d be surprised if even Windows 1.0 suffered that sort of problem.

    If so, you are a retard, or such a fanbois that you don’t know your arse from your elbow.

  20. Rafi says:

    @ Scott

    I guess you forgot how most Windows OS’s behave. While Windows should be able to un-align from grid and resize, We all know that most people OS’s are corrupted from spyware, so I wouldn’t be surprised if most people’s Windows would crash and give a explorer.exe error

  21. darrell says:

    anti-apple-reaction posts. check. rickroll youtube link. check. elitist – you can do that on linux-quote. check. there you have it. this sites been ‘dugg’. sadly that basically sums up every digg users comments on every apple front page story ever posted. i wonder how that ‘i love him but hate how kevin rose uses a MacBook’ inner conflict is working out for them.

  22. bob says:


    GAHH!!! ive been rickrolled!!!! GARG!!!, and for the art, cool :D, but im a pc guy

  23. Andy says:

    it isnt the fact about how to arrange the icons – it is the mass of icons and I am sure “my” windows pc will crash when I will do that – too many folders on the desktop or what ever. I saw that after unzipping a pakage with a lot of folders inside – all of them went onto the desktop and when I tried to move them all inside a new folder explorer has a really odd behavior and finaly crashed. After a explorer restart I tried it again and another crash happened. Ok, I should perhaps reinstall my windows – thats what windows users do one time a year or often more to make it possible to work on windows. But I better work on my Mac 🙂

  24. David Greiman says:

    I’d like to see more colors and different icons mixed in.

  25. The most I have done is spell my name I am now officially jealous

  26. Rob Owen says:

    This reminds me of the IT joke where the man could not find his accounting folder because the icon used to be at the tip of the p*nis.

  27. Phil E. Drifter says:

    What a wonderful (not) way to waste metric asstons of RAM.

  28. Terry Lee says:

    That’s very cool. There is no point to it other than for art’s sake. Nice.

  29. Good golly Ms. Molley. I think I’m going to shut my office door for a few hours this week and try this out. 🙂

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