There is no more famous name in the design of computer ics than Susan Kare, who remains best known for creating the famous ics for the original Macintosh.
After spending three decades working in the technological space, Kare is now hored with the Medal of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), whose previous winners included Paul Rand, Charles and Ray Eames.
A brief history of Susan Kare
The AIGA website includes a short biography of Kare. In the early 1980s, Kare was a sculptor before being integrated into the Macintosh project. Her cnecti with Apple was born because she was an old friend of Andy Hertzfeld, e of the Mac programmers.
She had no prior knowledge of computers, but used it to create the ics of the first successful graphics of Apple. User-friendly interface accessible to the masses. (The first Apple's graphical interface was actually Lisa's computer, although these ics lacked Kare's character.)
Kare was also the pers who adorned Mac's desktop with the pirate flag with a headband. This was a reference to the team's motivatial slogan: "It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy."
In recent years, Kare has worked for Facebook and currently as Creative Director at Pinterest. She has also worked for companies such as Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Motorola and Sy Pictures
As AIGA notes:
"Over the years, Kare has adhered strictly to a design philosophy based simplicity and clarity and beauty Although she improved her tools from graph paper to design software, Kare ctinues to focus ctext and metaphor, and in the streets of San Francisco she tracks down intriguing symbols and catchy shapes. ce inspirati is reached, she works in a grid template in Adobe Illustrator – a tool to help her visualize the cstraints of the device which her user will see her ics. , she argues, must not …