Susan Kare — A design icon


For those unaware of Susan Kare, I understand, her name isn’t that well known (simultaneously, shame on you) but she just so happens to be one of the worlds greatest visual communicators. Some designers are Sagmeister people, others align themselves with David Carson. Me? Susan is where it’s at.


If you don’t know her then you’ll surely know her work; she was the original icon designer for the Mac. Her icons are beautiful, considered and a perfect example of the power of simplicity in communication.

As much as it pains me to say, Susan’s icons are iconic.


Some of the most well known images are below, but please watch this video; it’s inspiring (and a great history lesson into the limitations of early technology).

— Ash