Iconographer Dave Brasgalla of The Iconfactory had a flashback when he first laid eyes on the latest trend to strike his field of work:
When I first saw the iOS 7 designs, it immediately put me in mind of a system of symbols developed by artist Ron Cobb for the 1979 film Alien. Amongst the many designs and concepts Cobb contributed to the film, we find a set of icons intended for use as industrial signage onboard the film’s space-going tug Nostromo. The Nostromo spaceship sets constructed for the film are famed for their immersive and thoughtful design, and were characterized by an absolutely amazing attention to detail. Cobb’s Semiotic Standard iconography is visible throughout the film, a subtle touch of world-building that bolsters the perceived reality of the setting.
Semiotic Standard: now there’s a name! And there’s a fine piece of design to answer the problem inherent in any blank canvas: whatever to fill it with? When making worlds, be they microcosms or planets entire, that first step is the most daunting one. Just as in real life, here on our own world, the answer is design.
They’re a fine set of icons, well worth checking out.