My dock, loaded with new Adobe icons on the old programs
For the photographers out there and pushers of pixels, you likely heard that Adobe released a beta of Photoshop right before the new year.
Its biggest feature is that it runs natively on Intel Macs. The other major change is that it sports a new application icon. (Seriously, if you want to see what else is new, these videos provide some insight.)
Let’s get back to that application icon though. See, it’s part of a much bigger scheme to play across the entire Adobe family—every app gets two letters and a color code (see right). This is a big shift for Adobe which traditionally associated applications with abstract representations like eyeballs, feathers, and shells.
As I write this, I realize how completely uninteresting this topic may seem.
It’s all been explained, praised, and detracted with mucho gusto over on this blog of an Adobe worker. I read through the comments (they’re spicy like a presidential election), and I can’t help but ponder how to define success with something is so divisive. When the backing argument resorts to “at the end of the day, there’s no arguing with taste” you have to wonder. I miss the Adobe that was mysterious and quiet. Darn you corporate ‘blogs and the new transparency!
So I’m trying to wrestle with my thoughts on the topic, because, well, that’s what I do, and if I have an emotional attachment to software, it would certainly be Super Mario Brothers, and then Photoshop.
My knee-jerk reaction after installing the beta? Ew, that temporary icon must go. Then I added this new system of icons to the old Macromedia programs I currently use daily to make the picture more complete.
And what did I find out after using this icon language for several weeks?
They work great.
Yup, they perform just as I would imagine. Clicking on an icon opens the program, dragging a file over the generous hit area works too. I’m not colorblind so finding the right application is a breeze. It’s uncanny.
And yet, I still don’t like them. (Well, Adobe Reader I like all around, but that’s not the issue).
So I’m left to toil using something that works perfectly fine, but feels empty. I’d create an analogy to GM cars, but I loved my Geo Metro.
Bonus current music video link: Patti LaBelle “New Attitude” on YouTube