The Macintosh art of Susan Kare #MARCHintosh #mac #PixelArt @SusanKare
Susan Kare is an American artist and graphic designer best known for her interface elements and typeface contributions to the first Apple Macintosh from 1983 to 1986. She was employee #10 and Creative Director at NeXT, the company formed by Steve Jobs after he left Apple in 1985. She was a design consultant for Microsoft, IBM, Sony Pictures, and more.
Kare designed the graphic user interface icons for Apple during the early years of the company. Her process is documented in graph-paper sketchbooks. Using one square to equal one pixel, Kare produced icons for various functions the computer user might undertake (for example, a pair of scissors symbolized the cutting of text, and a trash bin, the deletion of files).
The pictograms were designed to be intuitive and understandable by Apple users across the globe. At the same time that Kare mined history and visual culture for existing icons that could be appropriated—from wristwatches (to mark the passing of time) to globe bombs (to indicate a system failure)—she created a visual language unique to the original Mac OS.
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