Macintosh Icon Designer Reflects On Her Work at Apple

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    Susan Kare, who created many of the original interface elements for the Apple Macintosh in the mid-1980s, today reflected on her work at Apple in an interview with Path (via AppleInsider). Kare first joined Apple with the title "Macintosh Artist" through software programmer Andy Hertzfeld, who she knew from high school.

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    When asked about her design influences and her time at Apple, she had this to say:
    At Apple, Kare was responsible for most of the typefaces and the icons of the original Macintosh, along with much of the marketing material. She is best known for the Chicago sans-serif typeface and the "Happy Mac" icon that welcomed early Mac users on startup.

    Kare now works as an independent artist and created a set of "stickers" for social networking app Path.

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    too lazy to download Path again to check out the stickers.
     
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    So there is a person at Apple, who's only job is to design LOGO's???




    FREAKIN AWESOME!!!
     
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    Would get boring VERY quickly imo.
     
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    Those icons remind me of my childhood :eek:
     
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    That's really neat! :)
     
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    I disagree but to each his own.

    I'm a programmer instead of an artist because I realized I was talented at one and sucked as the other... and I'm not trumpeting my drawing skills right now... also because I saw fortune in one and poverty in the other.
     
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    Man, hard admitting that I am old enough to recognize (and have used) all of those.
     
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    It's easy enough, it's just 5 letters and a symbol.

    "I'm Old" :p
     
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    Was thinking the same thing. Well, I'm old, but still.

    I'd love her job.
     
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    re original article

    ah - i remember the black cherry bomb icon well
     
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    Looks like her site crashed only with 9 users visiting her site?
     
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    er no, you are obviously not a designer so just because it doesn't interest you doesn't mean it doesn't interest others.

    http://dribbble.com/ <- all these people are icon designers and have a lot of fundamental knowledge under their belt.
     
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    I wonder if she helped with the "Oscar the Grouch" trash can. My favorite thing about the old days of Macintosh. That and Hypercard.
     
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    "That experience introduced me to interface design development and how I might be able to contribute as a graphic designer to the overall user experience. It also gave me practice in aiming to communicate big concepts in small spaces."

    That was back when one could get a job without 5+ years of professional experience doing the same exact thing they were applying for and without having advanced degrees in that specific field.

    If she were trying that now, I wonder if any company would give her the time of day, even with her obvious talent.

    Art is so undervalued!
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    Art is not poverty, check out Feng Zhu, he is on a 7 figure salary as a concept artist. It is a specialised field just as brain surgeon is. Not many people can do it so you can name your price.

    I am on a high pay cheque for my graphic talent. It is easy to decline people who don't want to pay much because they have to settle with lower quality work or pay for what they desire.
     
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    Quite to the contrary I feel privileged that I got to see and live the mac os evolution. Great times.
     
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    Kinda makes me wish there was a "classic" theme to OSX. Anyone remember changing the sounds of functions like emptying the trash? In the early '90s, I had Oscar the Grouch singing "I LOOOOOVE trash". For another, can't remember if it was the error noise or new mail, I had Arnold Schwarzenegger saying "Your clothes, give them to me, now!". So much fun!
     
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    I used to make documents just to trash them for Oscar hahaha
     
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    The use of those sort of icons spanned almost 20 years, so they’d be remembered by quite a few generations :)
     
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    I am a designer. It gets tedious after a while, plus the fact of doing it alone makes it worse.
     
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    so awesome
     
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    The funny thing is those icons were better than the ones now. Given the size of the icons these old black and white icons would be perfect for the iPhone.

    I loved doing that. Plus constantly screwing around with control panel settings, editing the system file and juggling extensions. Does anyone remember the name of that program for editing system files? The icon was a jack in the box popping out of a mac.
     
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