The Workbench was first released in 1985 by Commodore International for their Amiga computer product line. True to its name it broke away from the desktop metaphor and replaced it with the workbench metaphor.
Programs are tools, files are projects and folders are draws. It is likely that Commodore wanted to differentiate its OS from Apple's products, since Apple had already started legal actions against its competitors. Among other features, the workbench also featured customizable icons, four color graphics and multi-state icons.
- McInnes, K. (2011) Rockstar Icon Designer, Rockable Press.