Notes on Icons and Design with Susan Kare

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San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium

100 Larkin Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

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The Letterform Lecture series complements the Type West curriculum with presentations from luminaries in type, design, and research.

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This talk will include illustrations and stories about solving various design problems for clients over the years, from Apple to Pinterest. Although the projects are specific, and often feature icons and symbols, the thought processes and methods are applicable in many situations.

About Susan Kare

After graduating from NYU with a Ph.D. in fine arts, Susan Kare took a curatorial job at an art museum in San Francisco, where she quickly realized she was on the wrong side of the creative equation. Kare joined Apple Computer in 1982 as the artist in the Macintosh software group. The designer "who gave the Macintosh a smile," she is best known for creating the distinctive icons, typefaces, and other pixel elements that gave the Macintosh its characteristic–and widely emulated–friendly look and feel. Her total lack of software experience turned out to be an asset, since she could empathize with typical, everyday users of the new computer. In 1986, she joined Steve Jobs at NeXT Computer as the tenth employee. She then founded Susan Kare Design, a user interface graphics studio, in 1989 and spent a few decades developing human solutions to design problems for hundreds of technical clients. Since 2015, she has worked as a Creative Director at Pinterest, a company known for being the source of inspiration. She is the recipient of the AIGA Medal and the National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

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San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium

100 Larkin Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

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