6 Jul 2013

Acclaimed icon designer Susan Kare early demo of original Apple Macintosh user interface (1984)

In rare appearance, Apple Computer in-house designer Susan Kare walks Computer Chronicle television presenters through the original Macintosh desktop below.

A few words on Susan Kare

Celebrated for a 30-year-plus career designing icons for the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Facebook, Kare is to be commended for advocating (early in the history of visual languages to represent digital information), that simplicity, consistency, affordance, metaphor and feedback are unifying principles of graphical user interface design.

Kare believes that good icons should be more like road signs than illustrations, easily comprehensible, and not cluttered with extraneous detail. She often observes that just because millions of colours are available, every one need not be used in every icon, and that when icons are meaningful and well crafted they need not be frequently redesigned.