|From the Artist
eWorld 2000 by Dave Brasgalla
It's no secret around the 'factory that I constantly pine for eWorld,
Apple's long-defunct online service. It was a special place, an graphics-based
electronic community back in the days when the World Wide Web was
just a Hypercard-inspired white paper being written on an SE, long
before it became the overcrowded commercial juggernaut it is today.
I wasn't able to be a participant nearly long enough for my liking,
but I won't likely forget the experience, either. There still isn't
anything quite like it today. Of all the cool ideas Apple has nixed,
I think eWorld was the one that most deserved to live...
Well, thanks to the magic of 32-bit pixel-pushing, eWorld *can* live
again, if only on your desktop! I have diligently tried to re-create
the loose and wonderfully cute "pen-sketched" feeling that
all of the eWorld graphic materials had, and 32-bit icons allow me
to do that in a way that the old 256-color Performa era precluded.
I have also taken a step in new direction (for me) by creating all
the icons as vector art in Freehand and then importing them into Photoshop,
to be assembled with IconBuilder.
This set also represents something of a "full circle" for
me, as the job of extracting and packaging the original eWorld icons
was the first thing I ever did for my first icon site, Pixelhaus.
Back then, I was reticient about working on simple 256 icons, unsure
of my skills. This new set, however, has been endless fun to create
and a true labour of love. I have tried to go beyond simple re-creation
and have taken the look deeper into your system with icons I hope
will be useful for an array of general purposes.... perhaps not as
extensively as an iPack, but who knows what the future holds? :-)
I have also included some materials from eWorld itself, simply for
your enjoyment: three terrific screenshots of some of the alternate
"Town Square" scenes you might see when you logged on and
the original eWorld font suitcase. At my personal clearinghouse site,
Pixelhaus, you can find eWorld desktop pictures and sound files to
complete the experience.
I sincerely hope you have as much fun with these icons as I have had