Susan Kare

Posted by Alex

I was discussing icon design the other day with a friend and Susan Kare’s name came up. She is the brilliant designer behind these classic Mac icons as well as many other high profile user interface projects. We were specifically talking about Facebook’s icons (which I happen to love), and while I’m not sure if she created the original interface icons for the site, I know she was brought on in 2007 to handle the gifts project. Update: Aaron Sittig created many of the most well known 16 x 16px icons that you see throughout Facebook.

Shown above are some of her limited edition prints. Guaranteed to induce nostalgia in just about anyone that was present in the early 90’s (Mac OS 7.5.3 was the best!). If you’ve got any computer type folks left on your shopping lists, THIS is the gift for them.

Also, an interesting read over on Mashable, an interview with Susan Kare:

“It was a challenge to come up with a symbol for the command key. The word is a bit forbidding, as are many types of images that instantly come to mind, such as a police hat or badge. I leafed through a book of symbols, and came across a similar cloverleaf, which was identified as an image used on signs in Swedish campgrounds to mean ‘interesting feature’…Later I learned it is meant to be a castle, seen from above”.

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Simon says:

December 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm

While we’re on the topic of icons, what’s happened to your favicon?

Aha! You forgot to start the url with a slash, so the adress is incorrect whenever you’re not on the home page.

Should be like this:

But instead it’s like this:


Topher says:

December 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm

While I enjoy and appreciate the work of Susan Kare, I was hoping for the next fifty songs as promised! Any word on if they’ll be posted soon? Thanks!


Chris Deutsch says:

December 28, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I love this…am considering getting all three that you listed on this post (although I do like the watch and alert a lot too) and framing them as a series for my guest room…would work perfectly in there. And I agree about OS 7.5.3…I had a PowerMac 8100 when that came out (’94-’98), and a Centris 610 just prior (’93-’94)…and even before that a Apple IIc that I used all through MS & HS (’85-’93). I left Mac after ’98 for PC until last year and now I’m back. Man does that bring me back…