Why do Hard Drive icons need to be literal interpretations to begin with?
The average user will have never seen the internals of their computer before, and will therefore have no association with such imagery.
This is one of the few things I really dislike about OS X. To my mind, it makes for more sense to use an icon and title like "My Computer" as on Windows.
Overall I think this is representative of what I have always dislike about OS X icon design. Designers trying to render an digital representation of a real life device. And they always occupy this uncanny valley of looking half realistic, half cartoonish; because they are rendered in Photoshop rather than an actual 3D rendering program.
Sorry for the rant, but this touched a nerve.
also worth noting that it's an archaism -- the majority of macs don't have hard disk drives anymore.
I barely ever see my hard drive icon anymore.
I think it's actually a good thing, we're moving away from cold hardware-related metaphors towards more familiar things, like boxes (Dropbox) or clouds (iCloud).
y u no Windows or OS 1– OS 9?
Cool collection, though!
Thanks for making and sharing this Eli!
Can you clarify why you end with saying that "today's [icons] are made entirely of wax"?
The only way I can understand it is that wax doesn't not reflect light much. It's very matte.
The Yosemite Drive icon looks like frosted aluminium to me :/