Susan Kare - design icon 5 Mar 2007
Seems like we're always mentioning the inappropriate use of iconography in our usability inspections at the moment, so we thought we'd publish a pointer to the master of icon design, Susan Kare. Susan designed the original set of icons for the Mac, before developing the "nearly-3D" (2.5D) user interface for Microsoft's Windows 3.0.
"My work has continued to be motivated by respect for, and empathy with, users of software. I believe that good icons are more akin to road signs rather than illustrations, and ideally should present an idea in a clear, concise, and memorable way."
Descendants of her groundbreaking work can still be seen in many of today's graphics applications - like the Lasso, Grabber and Paint Bucket, for example. Kare's Chicago typeface lives on as part of the iPod's UI.