Hot pixelated Mac action to stuff fanbois' Xmas stockings
Icon artist Susan Kare publishes coffee table book
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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Found this write up for those who are interested
Hardly just for Fanbois...
... after Apple, Ms Kare also designed the icon sets for Windows 3.1 (including the card deck for Solitaire), and Eazel's Nautilus desktop on Linux.
If you've used a computer in the last twenty years, you'll have seen the effect of her work: many of the "standard" metaphors used in GUI icons are based on Kare's work, and I'd say the Windows 3.1 icon set has been more influential than the Mac originals. (The Macintosh UI used icons for nouns, primarily, whereas Windows used them for verbs too)
So she's to blame for the single white pixel (which should, aesthetically, be transparent) between the thumb and forefinger of the 'panning' hand cursor?
I'm going to HUNT HER DOWN