Hi, I'm Patrick. I'm a QA Designer at Flinto and I've worked at places like Buffer and Parnassus Books. I live in Tennessee and write novels for Wonderment.

The Fascinating History of the Search Icon

This article originally appeared on Medium.

I’ve always been interested in the stories of how our common design elements came to exist, and I think the history of the “magnifying glass” search icon is especially great because it shows how metaphors can creep into our designs and take on a life of their own.

When I went looking, I found that one of the earliest traceable uses of a magnifying glass in a user interface was created by Keith Ohlfs.