Mac OS graphic designer Susan Kare on icon design

There's one designer whose work you've probably spend more of your life staring at than any other... and you may not even know her name. Well let us enlighten you: the person responsible for creating the most iconic graphic elements of the Mac operating system, including the Trash Can, the command key, Lasso, the Grabber, the Paint Bucket, the Happy/Sad Mac and more, is Susan Kare.

Currently leading Susan Kare Design, a digital design practice in San Francisco, and Kare Prints (giclee prints of some of her favourite icons), she's also the brains behind font families such as Chicago, Monaco and Geneva, and has designed thousands of icons for a range of global brands. Most recently, she's collaborated with our sister title MacFormat to create a special icon for their 20th anniversary celebrations. We caught up with Susan and chatted about the glory days of Apple and the secrets of a good icon...

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