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. 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;” />


  2. @ 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”.

  3. @Cubert

    In Leopard they only displayed at 128×128 but they were in fact drawn at 512×512. The above article says “All the icons for folders and apps in Snow Leopard are now drawn in glorious 512 x 512 pixels” which implies this is something new. It is not. You can copy an icon from a default Leopard app and open it with preview to see what I’m talking about. They are drawn at 512×512 – this is not new.

  4. I made this comparison a few days ago:

    “The file icons in Snow Leopard can be bigger than the original Mac’s screen. Consider that for a minute. This icon for the System folder in Snow Leopard is LARGER THAN THE ENTIRE SCREEN of the original line of Macs.”

    I have a shot of the original Mac’s screen superimposed over a SL icon in the article here.

  5. @treestman,

    As a user of the original Mac 128k, it’s unbelievable to see a 512×512 icon with the old porthole 512×384 Mac screen superimposed. It’s truly amazing what has happened in computing now that 25 years has passed! Lordy, I’m getting old!

    Oh, and awesome blog! It’s bookmarked!


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