Surely at least one of you, dear readers, thought, “Why is the button Command on my Mac is marked with this strange symbol: ⌘“. The key could well have been labeled with the Apple logo (), but some people didn’t really like it at the time. Who is this man? Steve Jobs… This story happened back in 1983 …
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The progenitor of the modern computer interface, as Susan Kare is called in our time. She worked on many of the icons, fonts, and other graphics that we still see on many operating systems today. In the distant 80s, Car worked with such large corporations as IBM, Microsoft and Sony. She also developed icon designs for Steve Jobs, in project Macintosh… Back in 2014 at a design conference e.g. Susan Kare explained why the Command key on Mac has the logo “⌘“, Not” “.
Button Command was used everywhere in the trial version of the apple operating system. However, once Jobs got to the prototype, he didn’t like the abundance of “apples” in the interface. And as you know from the biography, the co-founder of Apple was passionate about design and worked on many little things to create the perfect product. And so it happened with Macintosh…
“Apples” in the Mac OS interface
Still, Susan found a compromise, because she is a professional in her field. Leafing through a book with symbols, she came across the icon ⌘… This sign denoted “interesting features”, and as she learned many years later, this was the designation of castles in some places. The symbol, similar to a four-leaf clover, and, according to the lending, bringing good luck, fit perfectly into the rectangular button, satisfied Steve Jobs and entrenched in this place to our times.
The pioneer of pixel art, as she was nicknamed for the development of many pixel fonts, Susan also worked with Jobs and then, for example, drew graphics for a failed project. NeXT… She later became a freelance graphic designer, quite famous in the modern technology industry. Companies like Facebook, Nokia, Logitech have used and are still using her services.