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The woman behind the Mac icons that once decorated the desktop of every Apple computer around the world has published a book of her pixel art designs.

Susan Kare has put out 80 of her favourite creations in a book – Icons – featuring everything from the paint bucket button and the smiling Mac to 32x32 pixel portraits of Steve Jobs.

"This book provides a curated look at 80 of Susan Kare's favorite icons created between 1983 and 2011," reads the blurb on Kare's website. "A zoomed-in view allows the reader to see how many icons are crafted pixel by pixel and notes by the artist accompany selected images."

Kare was working as a curator of a Fine Art museum in San Francisco when Apple called her in to design their new graphic user interface.

The drawings defined how most people interact with computers since Mac's graphical user interface influenced the designs that competitors adopted. Other icon designs are just fun pieces of pixel art ... like the dog, cigarette and heart. See images on her site here. ®

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