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Meet Susan Kare, one of Fast Company's Most Creative People

Meet Susan Kare, one of Fast Company's Most Creative People

In 1982, Kare was hired to design typefaces and screen elements at Apple, where she created the iconic Chicago typeface as well as the icons featured on the original Macintosh computer.

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Areaware Cairo Throw designed by Susan Kare

Areaware Cairo Throw designed by Susan Kare

The original emoji, Cairo was a typeface designed by Susan Kare in 1984 for the first Macintosh operating system.

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Smithsonian Magazine — How Susan Kare Designed User Friendly Icons for the First Macintosh

Smithsonian Magazine — How Susan Kare Designed User Friendly Icons for the First Macintosh

Susan Kare's icons and graphics—many of which were patented through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office—for Apple, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft and other clients have earned her the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

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Quartz — The Apple icons you see today have surprisingly ancient roots

Quartz — The Apple icons you see today have surprisingly ancient roots

Kare’s artistic background made her well-equipped to aid in Steve Jobs’ ambition to create the world’s first friendly computer. She was accustomed to finding inspiration in everything from hieroglyphs to street signs, and by bringing a diverse range of influences to the Mac, she made the brave new digital world feel decidedly familiar.

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Cooper Hewitt — National Design Awards | Q&A with Susan Kare

Cooper Hewitt — National Design Awards | Q&A with Susan Kare

Susan Kare is the recipient of the 2019 National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement. For over 35 years she has designed many notable icons and graphics that have become familiar to anyone who uses a computer.

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