Icons for the Apple’s iOS and Mac OS X are littered with little hints and references to Apple’s base of operations, Steve Jobs, and computer and programming jokes.
English technology blog ElectricPig has put together a list of the references and jokes hidden in Apple’s icon sets. Some of them are less than subtle (the icon for a PC running Windows on the local network is a monitor with the Blue Screen of Death), and others are quite subtle–such as the Apple Font Book icon.
Apple’s computers have long been a favourite of writers, designers and editors of every persuasion. The Font Book app is, therefore, an often used part of OS X. Its icon, however, holds a neat in-joke. The letters used to make it are A, F and K. In internet-speak, AFK stands for Away From Keyboard.
Hit up the link below for a peek at a dozen different icons and their hidden (or not so hidden) meanings.
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- Published 01/19/11