June 06, 2007

My life as a CS3 icon

Well, it was probably bound to happen: after getting irradiated with 500+ comments on the CS3 icons late last year, I have now turned into a series of Adobe icons myself!

This portrait was created by the talented and innovative Greek illustrator Charis Tsevis (profile, portfolio).  I mentioned his work in January & was delighted to receive this image in return.  It’s now hanging on the Photoshop floor and is being creatively desecrated by passersby (devil horns, soul patch, and probably more added by now).  Charis creates photomosaics using Photoshop (tutorial in Greek, but worth scrolling through) and Synthetik Studio Artist.

Speaking of the CS3 icons, at least they didn’t cause epileptic seizures (so far as I know) or draw the kind of scorn reserved for the new London 2012 Olympic logo: "[V]ariously derided as an uninspiring emblem, a puerile mess, an artistic flop…
the emblem was likened to a ‘broken swastika’ and a ‘toileting monkey.’" Jeez–maybe they should have gone with a two-letter mnemonic ("LO?" "OG?") and drawn less of a beating. [Via Thorsten Wulff]

Posted by John Nack at 8:09 PM on June 06, 2007


  • Derek Pell — 8:23 PM on June 06, 2007

    it’s a Nack attack!
    [“Once you go Nack…” ;-) –J.]

  • Rene — 8:40 PM on June 06, 2007

    I expected you picture to be mostly Photoshop icons, but I’m disappointed you don’t have more “InDesign” in you :)

  • Duane Clark — 9:09 PM on June 06, 2007

    Reminds me of the battling seizure robots on the Simpsons.

  • Gerald Buckley — 9:30 PM on June 06, 2007

    THAT is awfully damned cool! I like CS3 icons all of a sudden! :)

  • Phil Thomas — 2:22 AM on June 07, 2007

    There seem to be predominate grey parts in the hair :)
    [Heh–yeah, and I look kind of jowly. At least there still *is* hair, as the “paths of glory” haven’t crept visibly backward. –J.]
    Very cool though.
    Yes, the logo fiasco for London 2012. If you would like to see some other samples than goto
    which was my fav. shortlisted one, apart from our entry :)
    [Very cool indeed. –J.]

  • Mrad — 6:13 AM on June 07, 2007

    Wow. That’s intense! It makes total sense though, since the icons are basically blocks of color. Great stuff.

  • bill weaver — 7:10 AM on June 07, 2007

    HA! The funny thing is that it was necessary to say: She said a five-second section of the animation, rather than the logo itself, had prompted the [seizures].
    I’d seen the 2012 logo a couple times without really looking at it and thought, “Aren’t the Beijing Olympics in 2008?” I was actually confused when I saw “London” in it.
    This is funny: London Olympic logo boosts love for Chinese seal
    It really looks pretty good: Road to 2008 – Image & Look

  • Charis Tsevis — 7:11 AM on June 07, 2007

    Thank you so much, John!

  • Alex — 7:36 AM on June 07, 2007

    just wanted to add, that i’m very happy with the new icons. artless is exact the right thing for icons for such programs.

  • droo — 4:57 PM on June 07, 2007

    very cool pic, should have made it from all PS icons, old and new.
    i didn’t know people hated the new icons. i friggin’ love them! i have been wanting to shove those feathers up someones rear-end since the first time i saw them. i mean one feather for photoshop two feathers for imageready!?!!? that was so retarded.
    [Heh–maybe it’s because it’s late in the afternoon and I just slogged through a training class on intellectual property, but I got a good laugh from this comment. I certainly wasn’t psyched about the Photoshop eye going away; in the big scheme of things, though, NBD. –J.]

  • Rod Wynne-Powell — 6:29 PM on June 07, 2007

    Please do not judge all British Design by this crass example. Someone obviously heard all about the Emperor’s clothes, and since it is all tied up with political string, the con succeeded. Us poor taxpayers have to foot the bill.

  • BJ Nicholls — 12:21 PM on June 08, 2007

    You should get a tox screen. It looks like there’s a lot of fluorine and bromine in your hair.
    I softened a little on the periodic table icons when I found myself just using the color blocks to identify icons. Unfortunately, I’m finding there’s not enough color difference between Bridge and Indesign for that strategy to work well. So now I’m working on thinking “Bromine” when I want to work with files and “Idaho” when I want to do page layout.

  • Lynn Grillo — 7:30 PM on June 08, 2007

    Hey John, how about Zoomifying that so we can get a closer look?
    [Done. :-) Thanks for the suggestion, Lynn. –J.]

  • kosmas paliopoulos — 1:20 PM on August 11, 2007

    Charis Tsevis is a big talented makes an harmonic combination

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