One of the amazing benefits of owning and working on an Apple Mac computer is their internal design. While they are obviously the mot glamorous looking and aesthetically pleasing machine on the outside, it is their clever layout and swish graphics on the inside that make them so blissfully easy to use.
The creators at Apple have made their applications very simple to understand as they have paired each one up with a matching shiny icon. To skip the guess work the icons have been designed to resemble the application as closely as possible. For example your all important hard disk volume icon (Macintosh HD) looks like a hard drive, a simple text document looks like a piece of paper, iTunes is a circle with a music note in it and an icon for a folder looks like – yep you’ve guessed it… a folder with papers!
App – Apple Mac icons for Applications have been individually designed to stand out from one another and make finding a certain app super duper easy.
Folders – Whilst all your storage folders are represented by a blue folder, if you are storing certain documents inside, the folder will show the relevant app symbol on the front to help you determine what sort of information is stored inside.
For example, if a folder just contains text documents the symbol on the front of the folder will be a piece of paper. If the folder contains apps, you will see the Apple app logo on the front and if the folder contains your groovy music tracks then it will have a nice music note printed on the front.
File – Inside your folders are your files. Apple have also created file icons to help you easily sieve through and find certain file types.
For example a PDF file will show an image of a pile of photos with the text PDF underneath. One of the most common file types you will see is of course the text document. This is represented by a piece PDF paper with a text article and photo on.