While Windows seems to love every color in the rainbow, Apple’s Finder folders are almost simplistic with embedded icons. There’s no color in the Finder’s Sidebar. Here’s how to customize the folders on your Mac and give them a taste of your design skills.
Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
What’s wrong with Apple’s folder icon design on the Mac? In a word, boring. Or, perhaps, BORING! Every Mac looks the same with those tired old blue folders.
I’m sure that Apple simply wants the necessary accoutrements of files and folders to be somewhat nondescript and blend into the background.
Folders, though are meant to be seen and clicked and used. Instead of using the folder Labels and limiting your customization to a few pathetic colors, use the Folder Forge app instead.
There’s no easier way to create fully personalized and customized folder icons. You get full control over colors, images, fonts, textures, and it’s mostly a simple point and click exercise.
In fact, changing a folder’s icon is actually fun. The controls are easy to operate and mostly self explanatory.
If graphic design isn’t your cup of tea, Folder Forge has you covered with over 1,000 pre-created images.
Click on an image above to view a pop up version with more detail.
What’s the advantage to having customized folders on your Mac?
Besides the design esthetic you get to control how your Mac looks by assigning different colors or graphics to important folders.
Folders can have graphics and photos that you design, or simply emboss a folder icon with a word that denotes the contents.
When viewing a few dozen folders in a Finder window it may be difficult to pick out a specific folder. Custom colors and designs make it easier which makes you more productive.
One word of caution, though. Don’t go overboard. Start with something simple and obvious. There’s a tendency for many Mac users to go crazy with color and graphic design which only serves to make folders in the Finder look clumsy, cluttered, and amateurish.