Lots of employees were shocked and a bug report went around after they went missing... something like "missing icons on reboot. Still missing after finder recovery."
Before there was the android version garden... there were the mac icons...
I have always loved Susan’s work, particularly the dogcow — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogcow — and her bitmap fonts — http://www.folklore.org/StoryView.py?project=Macintosh&story...
I recently came across this talk of her, and highly recommend watching it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlb77dDHIXQ she explains a bit about the history of her work.
One of the main reasons I find her so inspiring is that her work clearly shows why adding a great designer to a great team of engineers can result in ever lasting impact.
As a designer myself, I work with teams of engineers (mostly in the B2B SaaS Space ) who write great software but don't have the skills to design a delightful experience for their users. It's a shame there are still too many teams of talented engineers out there who don't see the importance of great design.
A few times I've said (well, not these exact words), "Give that UI to me, I may not be a professional designer or even an experienced front-end developer, but at least I care about making something usable." I was actually told once that I had to scrap my interface and re-do it, because it made the rest of the product look bad by comparison.
As an aside, I think you provide an obviously valuable service, wish I had come across it before I had done the UI for my current project :)
> In 1983, the dog icon had been created by Susan Kare as the glyph for "z", as part of the Cairo font. Later, when designing the classic Mac OS "Page Setup" print dialog box, an example image was required to demonstrate the orientation and color of the paper. HCI engineer Annette Wagner made the decision to use that dog as a starting point, editing it and creating a larger version with spots to be more suitable for demonstrating various printing options. The new dog graphic had a more bovine look.
It claims that Susan Kare made the dog icon but Annette Wagner made dogcow based on it.
I like both Susan’s spotted dog and Annette’s dogcow!
You can also own your very own Dogcow, signed by Susan.
That friendly box that was the original Macintosh retailed for $2,495 in 1984 dollars. You can get a MacBook Air for $999 in 2018 dollars.
Mac's were pretty top of the line at the time (too much so in many ways, which raised the price). They'd be comparable to a high-end desktop now.
But it’s somehow still worth it to get to use OS X every day...
Good icons are really hard. Most icons suck. Open source software icons especially suck. Open source people just do not seem to get communication through graphic design at all.
With Kare's icons, even the pixelation looked cute.
 I was briefly enchanted with GEM because it made my DOS machine look and feel like a Mac, but when I compared it to an actual Mac it looked horrible.
This is what GEM looked like:
And this is what System 1 (original Mac OS) looked like:
The Amiga desktop was such a missed opportunity. Take the first mass-market computer capable of high-resolution graphics in 4,096 colors and make the icons... wait for it... black, white, and orange on a blue background.
A friend of mine who was legally blind had an A1000. I sometimes wonder if it was only for the icons.
Function over form is a part of the Amiga design. Its graphical shell is called "Workbench" and not "Desktop" -- it was thought of as a computer for engineers and makers who were willing to forgo prettiness for practicality.
It's one of the clearest versions of "Less is more" that I have ever seen.
It's a shame they replaced the colors with a grey-in-grey nothingness starting in OS version 2.
Guess that just shows that one can't argue about taste :-)
She was creative director at NeXT, and was a founder of Easel so did icons for Nautilus on Linux. She worked on OS/2 for IBM.
Essentially she has had a big say in the look & feel of every desktop operating system.
I'm not sure what is her work and what isn't aside from the Solitaire cards.
Gosh, cmd+S / ctrl+s doesn't work? Am I the only paranoiac that saves work every few seconds? Are all developers like that?
Compute!'s SpeedScript, and later Paperback Writer both used C= S to save a document. And back in eight bit days, computers had more crashes than a wet NASCAR track. You learned strategies to keep from losing an entire afternoon's work.
Only the ones that worked with buggy text editors prone to crashing.
if it's the end of a line of code followed quickly by another line of code, i just keep going. if there's a spot in the code where i decide to separate with a blank line, it's like a natural break point that deserves being saved. of the voices in my head, the one i tend to listen to the most is the one in the back screaming "Save, save often"!
no affiliation, just a fan
Doing business with kareprints.com is a joy. Highly recommended.
"Moof!" is the universal 'ping' in our household, how loud, happy or sad it's return "moof" lets us know how the rest of the family is doing.
Experimenting with Winamp and Windows Media Player skins is why I now design and program UIs.
The Y2K aesthetic hits home better for me, because I grew up during that time and not earlier.
I probably need to update her profile on my site as well: https://www.theymadethat.com/people/m1xhv6/susan-kare
(They're on great cloth too! So hard to find cloth napkins that are absorbent but also don't wrinkle.)
> When Jobs was asked what it was like to work with Rand, he said, “I asked him if he would come up with a few options, and he said, ‘No, I will solve your problem for you and you will pay me. You don’t have to use the solution. If you want options go talk to other people.’”
My two takeaways:
1. Paul Rand's IBM logo really was interesting because it predated emojis, but that is what it is.
2. Steve Jobs is a great speaker (duh). When he needs to think and respond, the stillness is amazing. This is very different to presentations because he is ready for it.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebus (in the escort card example, the eye is also a replacement for "I").
(I mean the logo with the eye and the bee, of course, not the main IBM logo, which he also designed)
When people wrote lots of hero worship articles about Jobs they missed the contributions of Kare and others. This quote does the same thing:
> “If the Mac turned out to be such a revolutionary object––a pet instead of a home appliance, a spark for the imagination instead of a mere work tool––it is thanks to Susan’s fonts and icons, which gave it voice, personality, style, and even a sense of humor. Cherry bomb, anyone?”
Her work is important and great, but she didn't do it in a vacuum.
It seems like every profile of someone nowadays has to make them out to be a singular genius who's work is of individual, utmost importance. It's not enough to just say "Hey look at this cool stuff this person did!" They have to be singularly responsible for something.
I’ll restate my point plainly; hero worship articles about anyone who’s work is actually part of a team (all the many articles about Jobs are much worse than this one, for example) help paint a false picture in our society of the lone genius. This false narrative is harmful just for being false, but also helps lead people to feel like being a lone genius is an achievable goal and what one should strive for. Which of course leads to failure.
My problem is not with Kare or someone writing about her. My problem is with this author and many others writing in this way and denying the reality that geniuses of all kinds collaborate with others and are enriched for it.