Icon Porn: Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard’s gorgeous icons

“All the icons for folders and apps in Snow Leopard are now drawn in glorious 512 x 512 pixels. It’s a step toward making the operating system resolution independent, and perhaps also to make Snow Leopard a touchscreen friendly OS,” Leander Kahney reports for Cult of Mac.

“But it’s also obviously done just for the art of it. These icons are real beauties. They are full of great details and little surprises. One icon contains the words to a song, visible only if you blow it up to its full size,” Kahney reports.

Here are two samples to whet your appetite, Apple’s icon for Automator (yes, that’s an icon, folks) followed by Apple’s rather humorous networking browsing icon for a Windows PC icon:

Kahney offers many more gorgeous examples in his full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]


  1. MacWrite MacDraw, lol

    Would be funny if they were included in the new tablet as touch apps.

    Lets face it. When it comes to a UI change, these apps were doing it from the beginning.

  2. This is not new with Snow Leopard. Go ahead and copy the Automator icon from a Leopard installation and open it in preview. You will see it is exactly the same size as the icon in the article and that in fact it has not changed at all in detail or design.

  3. On Windows we double-click on icons and get things done.

    Mmm Hmm.. Yeah, you get things done… Whenever you don’t have driver installations or conflicts, malware, Windows Updates, and virus scans getting in the way.

    For instance, I’ve never plugged in a USB memory key into my “MAC” and had a missing “USB Mass Storage” driver, only to try to install it… unsuccessfully. After wasting two hours trying to make it work, I gave up and re-installed Windows. POS bailing-wire-and-duct-tape Windows.

    I wonder how many MILLIONS of hours have been wasted by people trying to make crap work on Windows… Unsuccessfully.

  4. @ecrabb… ha HAH! another victim impaled by the rapier sharp wit of ZuneTang™!

    Sorry, but who EVER displays icons at 512 pixels? Oh, wait, in the Finder we can’t!

    It’s not that I don’t LIKE big, gorgeous icons! (I ONLY import 512 pixel icons into CandyBar!)

    But really, do ANY of you have any of your window view prefs set at 128 pixels?
    Is there really ANYwhere where we can use 512 icons?

    I didn’t think so.

    Nice icons, though!

  5. Folder Icon damn sure had me doing a double-take the other day

    Changes as it collapses or expands – too kewl for skool

    Now Zuney Zuney Zuney …

    Haven’t seen ya much this week – you been out in the Snow playing with Kitty ?

    Now, we’re having a “Lemming Get Together” later today here at MDN, you’re invited

    We all gonna get artsy fartsy and ogle some big ass icons

    But oh, sorry, you got to “get things done” … Maybe another time, ok ? … ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”cool smile” style=”border:0;” />


  6. @ mark s.

    you’re not giving felt-tipped marker artists from ’74 enough credit. i usually don’t like to hop on windows hating bandwagons but the icons, even in vista/7, are “UUUUUUGLY”.

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