I was watching a segment on MSNBC’s Count Down with Keith Olbermann about a lot of cosmic 1990’s that’s taking place lately, first there is news of Michael Jackson doing a come back and key character stars from the hit comedy series Seinfeld will be appearing together on Curb Your Enthusiasm, now Windows 7 bringing back retro Windows icons from the early 90’s. You might be saying what the heck am I talking about? Well, with the recent release, ahem, leak of Windows 7 build 7048, some new features and improvements have been revealed. New icons have also been introduced for standard Windows applications and components such as, Calculator, Control Panel and Paint. Take a look at the following comparison:
Pain Brush (circa Windows 3x left), Paint (Windows 7 2010)
Ok, so they are not exactly identical, but they do share some passing characteristics, such as the iconic (no pun intended), artist palette board with the accented Paint brush. The old Paint Brush icon is a little more artistically interesting because of the Paint brush piercing through the Palette hole. Personally, I never found a problem with the Vista design of this icon which was very aesthetically well done featuring realism and perspective. The new Windows 7 Paint icon is more reminiscent in color texture to Windows XP icons which were more about telling the user its purpose instead of trying mighty hard to reflect real life objects. Anyway you put it, its just an icon.