|The Christian icon of the fish is almost as old as Christianity itself, |
here found on the floor of a religious site in Megiddo, Israel.
|Notice both ancient Christian icons |
have been used in this example
|I thought all along a four-leaf |
clover meant good luck.
|This probably means, |
"get out and walk."
|There's no doubt what this icon means.|
As much as the automobile gave a massive boost to the work of the icon designer, the real explosion of icons (in fact, when the term first became common) was with the advent of the computer. If you're wondering what the first computer icon might have looked like, it wasn't actually a symbol at all, but a word --"READY" probably first blinking to life on Microsoft's Altair 8800 around 1975 (that recently?) It was a slow start. Computers were so slow and so lacking in memory back then that real icons were neither needed nor desirable. The menu reigned. That all changed with Apple and its long line of graphic interface software. No, Microsoft didn't invent the "window." Along came the mouse, higher and higher resolution CRT interfaces and suddenly, like the Model T driver, reading "signs" became awkward, slow, and counterproductive. Today, only MSDOS and the computer in our Toyota Prius still use the word "READY."
|Early Apple Mac icons...remember these? Some have change, |
some still look surprisingly familiar. Others are totally mystifying.
|See anything you like? Take two, they're small.|