Susan Kare

The Pioneer of Digital Design

Although she had always imagined she would be a fine artist or a teacher, Susan Kare stumbled into the field of graphic and user interface design when her high school friend called her to design typefaces and icons for the first Mac. Before she came to Apple, computers were unintuitive machines full of wordy buttons. However, Kare revolutionized and essentially established graphical user interfaces. She came up with metaphors which bridged the gap between the digital and physical world, and created icons which are still used today. Their meanings transcended language, and their simplicity allowed anyone to be able to understand the new and exciting digital world. Without her, our computer and internet driven lives wouldn't look like they do today.

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