Studio Cult is a space for people who would rather be online, and Yuliya and I would perhaps like to be online most of all. We take it upon ourselves to traverse this vast digital landscape to mine only the most precious gems truly worthy of gracing your screen. Every month, we'll be compiling a list of all the best videos, articles, art, games, and miscellaneous stuff we found online. Welcome to Internet, Explored.
In other words: Shut up Mom! All that time I spent staring at the computer DID amount to something!!! (Just kidding Mother - I know you're reading this and I appreciate you.)
The Best Things We Found Online This Month 📡🧭
Researching our highly factual horoscope article in order to cast the signs as Windows 95 icons has made me really consider the Graphic User Interface. This article on Tuts Plus is a great breakdown of the evolution of the GUI over the past 40+ years. It's fascinating to see the trends in computer iconography, from the proto-icons of the commercially available GUI (Xero's 1981 "8010 Star") to the familiar "soft and reflective" icons of Windows 7.
If you want to take your icon studies super seriously, then the cleverly titled GUIdebook should be your primary resource. This entire database is dedicated to meticulously cataloging the graphic user interfaces of operating systems and applications. Entries like this timeline of Photoshop splash images are eye-catching, but the icon timelines personally appeal to my spreadsheet kink.