3 Classic Icon Families

And why they matter

Helena Zhang
Jun 1, 2020 · 7 min read
More in the iconography series:Foundations of Iconography7 Principles of Icon Design5 Ways to Create a Settings IconIcon Grids & Keylines DemystifiedPixel-Snapping in Icon Design

Olympics Games Event Icons

My reproduction of the boxing, soccer/football, and volleyball icons from the 1964 Olympics
My reproduction of the judo icons from Munich 1972 (left) and Beijing 2008 (right)
Olympics event icons on banners in Tokyo, 1964 (Source: The Olympic Pictograms, A Long and Fascinating Story)

NYC Subway Transit Icons

The NYC subway, 1968 (Source: Book Review: “Helvetica and the New York City Subway System”)
Spread from the NYCTA Graphic Standards Manual (Source: Standards Manual)
New York Subway Guide from the 1970s (Source: Standards Manual)
My reproduction of NYC subway signage
The 3 train at Wall Street (Source: Photo by Andre Benz on Unsplash)

Original Macintosh Icons

My recreation of a 1981 command line interface (Reference: IBM PC DOS screenshot)
Xerox Star, introduced 1981 (Source: 40 years of icons: the evolution of the modern computer interface)
My reproductions of a few original Macintosh icons
My reproduction of the paint bucket
Kare’s icons in MacPaint’s drawing palette (Source: Screenshot from a MacPaint emulator)
My reproduction of the Macintosh cherry bomb in an error dialog

Closing Thoughts


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