You will better understand the entire process of icons building or designs and all about the user interfaces since the 80’s up to now through focus on the evolution. It is also much harder to get rid of the emotion that the deal of icon building that was hardly designs through the engineering science that suitable for advanced operating system like the Windows XP and Mac OS X. In this regard, it has been the draw of the sign that was respected rather than lucidity and legibility. The main reasons behind this process are that the software designers can’t leave icons the in displeased prospect. So, all the terms in the interface could be restored by more lucid pictures. In the year of 85 Apple was suggested that the designers to replace dedication with pictograms in all cases as soon as possible. So, it is clear that the approach was never success enough. We are very lucky to have the light in darkness of the creative freedom. It is the book written on brink of epochs, at 1994, at an end of era of the icon building science also before an era of the icon building fine art.
It is “Icon Book” by Horton William and it is my suggestion to read that to everybody who deals with the icon design and is interested in a topic. Horton analyzes mechanism of the perception of the icons by user, classifies methods of the visual depiction of these ideas, teaches formalizing grammar rules for the visual languages as well as shares the experience of the organization of work. Nothing has now become obsolete in a course of twelve years. Steve Jobs said that the interface must be very attractive that you would like to give that a lick.