We don’t even realize we’re using a language that has a history that reaches over 35 years back in time.

The computer icon language has a history that reaches over 35 years back in time.

A very eventful history. Born somewhere far away (or maybe, who knows, next door), not mentioned in the news, not discussed during dinners. Evolving in it’s own pace next to us, inseparably connected with the computing world, quietly taking over more and more areas of our lives. A language using signs as metaphors for words and ideas, the extremely intuitive and iconic for humanity: language of icons. Did you know there are real people behind these symbols? Or how many colors were in use in 1985, how did the first Apple icons look like? Does names such as Amiga Workbench or Geoworks Ensemble 2 ring any bell at all..?

Whether you remember the early computers’ days or you jumped into this world a bit later, there is a place to take a glimpse at. Feed your eyes and curiosity with our little companions’ exciting story. Take a ride through decades on historyoficons.com!

A trash icon by Xerox 8010 Star, 1981

A trash icon by Xerox 8010 Star, 1981

A computer icon – Windows 1, 1985

A computer icon – Windows 1, 1985

A piece of paper and a pen icon – Macintosh, system 7, 1991

A piece of paper and a pen icon – Macintosh, system 7, 1991

A calculator icon – Geoworks Ensemble 2, 1993

A calculator icon – Geoworks Ensemble 2, 1993