Photoshop's First Icon

Sebastiaan de With of the Cocoia Blog was doing a little research for a project when he found the very first Photoshop icon:

It’s actually a tiny little photo shop! I love it, and if I have some free time I’ll see if I can recreate it in a more modern style.

What particularly strikes me is that they’ve gone through great lengths to let anyone be able to determine what it is; the ‘1HR’ signage obviously indicates the ‘photo’ part in ‘Photoshop’ and the man with the teller is the ’shop’ part.


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Up until the mid to late eighties there used be 1hr photo shops in strip mall parking lots all over the place,at least in New England, and that's just about what they looked like. They couldn't have been more than 8'x8' and were usually in the middle of the lot. From the look of the icon I'd say it was made at a time when it would be instantly recognizable as a photo-shop. I love it.
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