NeXTSpirit, high-res NeXTSTEP Icons for macOS

NeXTSpirit, high-res NeXTSTEP Icons for macOS

© 2014 Gaël Elégoët. All rights reserved.


I’ve repeatedly cherished icons, bear some once rapidly for my personal utilize.

I delight in especially outdated systems ones, from Mac OS Primary pointless to claim, but others too,

Esteem BeOS, NeXTSTEP.

Continuously stumbled on NeXTSTEP to have the most trim interface of all, with that very sober windows and buttons trend, but beautifully detailed icons. This difference works surprisingly properly.

The icons are very though-provoking, you may perchance perchance moreover leer they are from a time of rising computer graphics chances, the designers ragged these to put off a peep at to bear « photo-real looking » icons. With likelihood so that you can add transparency to their 48×48 icons, i deem NeXT started that trend that persisted into Mac OS X to culminate with « Retina » hires 1024×1024 icons.

Glimpse the legit OS X Human Interface Guideline, some quotes : « Give your app icon a real looking, new shape… » , « Execute an idealized version of the topic in preference to the utilization of a photo… », all these discover to the NeXTSTEP icons up to the Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks ones.

Funnily ample, now that we now have reached a enlighten of virtually no restrict in period of time of CG chances, the trend is to « simplify », beginning with IOS 7 icons, and now the more flat gaze of 10.10 Yosemite slowly shifting far from the skeuomorphic gaze.

Anyway , the precise NeXT icons you may perchance perchance moreover receive are 48×48 sized, pointless to claim it looks unpleasant in 10.9, so wished to have some in hires. imagine a « Retina » NeXTSTEP diagram 🙂 Hence this NeXTSpirit icon dwelling.

All these totally inspired by the work of Keith Ohlfs, long-established maker of NeXT diagram icons, all credit to him.

Existing the PReV icon became once kindly adopted by the builders of the Outdated emulator.

Making the NeXT… if that is the case the PReV dice.Existing it is in actuality a curved dice, to the up/correct, to procure that faux standpoint on the emblem.

The one integrated in this pack is one other version with varied fonts.

Most modeled and rendered in Blender 2.70, put up in Photoshop.

I ran steady into a inform doing when changing my .iconset folders into .icns retina icon recordsdata. When the utilization of OSX iconutil characterize to bear it , it repeatedly darken and contrasted my 1024×1024 PNGs. leer the distinction right here :

A Bug ? Used to be i doing something tainted ?

Funnily , if doing handiest 512×512 .icns icons ( no longer along side the « …@2X » PNGs within the .iconset folder), it makes icons with the steady colours…

Anyway the handiest toddle-round i’ve stumbled on became once to lighten all my 1024×1024 PNGs , to the frequent values of +40 brightness and -30 of difference to procure the steady result for 1024×1024 .icns. Existing on some of the pictures with an entire bunch darkish values, i needed to brighten powerful more up to +80, this became once the case for the NeXT and PReV trademarks and the Sad terminal…

So I’ve performed two items , one 512×512 handiest and one Retina. I definitely have stumbled on anyway that a whereas retina icons acceptable don’t present on older systems delight in Panther or Tiger.

Here for the Retinas ( 40 MB even supposing it’s a compressed image !) :


And right here for the 512×512 :


Truly be at liberty to redistribute, but when that is the case, please stride away the dwelling full along with this Readme. Thanks.

For non-industrial and handiest personal utilize pointless to claim.



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