How to Get Apple’s Hidden 30th Anniversary Macintosh Icon Font
If retro Macs built out out LEGO that double as iPad stands aren’t your thing, maybe you’ll enjoy this little Easter Egg of sorts that Apple seems to have left on their 30th Mac Anniversary website. It’s a free 62 character font of Mac icons, ranging from the original Macintosh 128k through the PowerBook lineup, 20th anniversary Mac, all the way to the modern iMac, Mac Pro, and MacBook Pro models.
Installing the font is a piece of cake, done the same as any other font in Mac OS X:
- Download the Mac Icon font directly from Apple.com (link to .ttf font file, or use this web.archive.org link to the .ttf)
- Double-click the TrueType Font file (mac-icon-standard.ttf is the exact file name), then choose “Install Font”
Once it’s installed you can find it usable from within the Font Book app titled “Mac Icon Standard”. You’ll need to either copy and paste the icons from Font Book into your app of choice, or drag and drop them into a usable field, but the font itself isn’t usable as a standard font by typing. You’ll also find it in the general font preview tool, but with the same limitations.
Here is a quick overview of each of the included font icons, though you’ll be able to use high resolution versions of each by installing it yourself in Mac OS X:
This font is used on Apple’s 30th anniversary celebration of the Macintosh site, whether or not it was intended to be downloadable by the rest of us isn’t known, so grab it while you can. An excellent find by @llsethj of 9to5mac on Twitter, cheers!
(Update: some users are reporting they aren’t able to use the font directly within many apps, this may be OS X version dependent, or a limitation on the font itself. If you’re having troubles, access the font and icons through the Font Book application either with Copy & Paste, or by dragging & dropping from the Font Book selector. Looking into this further…)