UPDATED: Those Bizarre Adobe CC Squares Aren't The Desktop Icons... They're "Box" Logos

UPDATED: Those Bizarre Adobe CC Squares Aren't The Desktop Icons... They're "Box" Logos

UPDATED 05/14/13 9:50 AM PT: I have received word from a source that the reason these original totems were made were effectively replacements for the box imagery that Adobe will no longer be producing since... well... there are no more boxes. If you recall, CS6 had a lot of imagery surrounding faces (just look at the cover of Adobe Photoshop CS6). Moving to Adobe CC, the team wanted to try a different angle that was more expressive, abstract and fun. Apparently this was difficult to express as many were confused as to what the totems were and why they were created if they weren't going to be desktop icons. This was exacerbated by the fact that both the icons and the totems are two lettered squares.

Original Article Below:

Some of you may have been too distracted by the enormous hubbub surrounding the contentious direction Adobe is taking the Creative Cloud (loved by some, hated by others) to notice the icons/logos (also called totems) shown during Adobe MAX were a little extreme. I would go so far as to say they were ugly. When I first saw them, I was horrified. After more than a week of trying to get confirmation, I have good news: those ghastly icons won't live on your desktop. Whew.

A representative from Adobe let me know that "there will be two sets of totems." The ones that were sent out to press prior to MAX, the same ones shown at the keynote, "are an 'artistic' abstraction of the forthcoming totems, but will not be the actual desktop icons."

That's a relief. Because I can't imagine my desktop cluttered with one, let alone the five or so I usually have there, of these psychosis-inducing blocks of color madness:


I could not get official high resolution examples of the real desktop icons yet (they aren't being distributed) but I was able to grab them from the various Adobe Twitter accounts. They show minor changes from what we have all gotten used to from CS6, so crisis averted. I was seriously concerned that I was going to have to look at those fairyland totems every day for at least the next year. The below are much less eye numbing.





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Andrew Griswold's picture

Good! Haha. Thanks for looking into this man as I was curious how different those would look too.

Jaron Schneider's picture

I was a little surprised that a) no one else was asking this and b) there was no one ready for an answer. Seemed like a pretty straightforward question to me.

Malcolm Debono's picture

I guess everyone was too distracted with the whole CC thing to notice them

jason pitcher's picture

Shame, I like the pretty ones......

Me too, I think they are beautiful, maybe not always good readible, but yet amazingly nice!

Jaron Schneider's picture

It's more that I would find them extremely distracting on my taskbar. They've got way too much going on.

big relief. but now looking at all the twitter posted ones, Im still kinda thinking they all look terribly elementary together.

Jayson Carey's picture

Even if they were the technicolor dreamcoat icons, the icon is easily changed if using windows. I don't know about apple, though.

Adobe seems to be busy trying to distract us from their Creative Cloud ideas...

I liked the pretty ones.. Oh well i'll just change them

Sorry but whatever Icons Adobe use of CC will not make an iota of difference to me. I am one of the 'Haters'. I think that Adobe are abusing the Loyal customer base they have had for many years. I intend to work my CS6 to death! Shame. :-(

Jason Ranalli's picture

Is this really the only thing FStoppers could find wrong with the Adobe CC? If I was Adobe I would have told FStoppers to "get on the train".

There was another article where Adobe VP responded to criticisms about CC, but it appears to have been deleted.

Jaron Schneider's picture

Really? That whole piece titled "Why you should hate Adobe's Creative Cloud" wasn't enough?