Original Mac designer Susan Kare to receive prestigious AIGA medal

Susan Kare, a trained Apple designer known to many as the "woman who gave the Macintosh a smile," will later this mth receive an American Institute of Graphic Arts medal, an hor bestowed up visual arts ics including Richard Aved, Paul Rand, and Charles and Ray Eames.

Recently announced AIGA's website, Kare is being recognized for the "bold and intelligent" ics, user interface graphics and fts introduced with Apple's first Macintosh computers.

Originally accomplished in stark mochrome, and always under tight space cstraints, Kare's often whimsical designs were amg the first to humanize persal computing. Drawing from a wealth of cultural icography, his work distills and cveys meaning to recognizable glyphs, from a trash can to a cherry bomb symbolizing a system crash to a paintbrush and, of course, the infamous "Clarus the Dogcow."

Prior to Apple, Kare pursued a career in art after receiving a Ph.D. from New York University in 1982, according to a brief AIGA biography. She worked as a curator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco before taking her craft to Palo Alto, a high-tech mecca where companies like Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Google and Facebook laid roots.

Kare was invited to apply for a graphic design job at Apple by high school classmate Andy Hertzfeld. An original member of Apple's Macintosh team who helped develop the platform's operating system and other key software features, Hertzfeld was looking for a designer to imagine a user-friendly human-machine interface.

To accomplish the task, Kare pulled her knowledge of mosaics, needlepoint and pointillism to create miniature artistic works that fit within the cfines of bitmap graphics.

In a cversati with The New Yorker published Thursday, Kare said that she brought a notebook with a graph of the Apple job interview, which was sketched draft versis of system ics. Blocking out a 32-by-32 grid allowed the designer to mimic pixel layouts that would …

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