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Susan Kare (born February 5, 1954) was the Creative Director at NeXT.


During high school Kare worked at a museum for designer Harry Loucks who introduced her to typography and graphic design.[1] She graduated from Harriton High School in 1971, graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Art from Mount Holyoke College in 1975, and received a Ph.D. from New York University in 1978.[2][3]


After completing her studies, Kare moved to San Francisco and worked for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF).[3]

Work at Apple[]

Kare joined Apple Computer in 1982 as employee #3978 after receiving a call from high school friend Andy Hertzfeld.[3][4] She became a member of the original Macintosh design team, designing user interface graphics and fonts. Her business cards read "HI Macintosh Artist" (Human Interface). Later, she was a Creative Director in Apple Creative Services working for the Director of that organization, Tom Suiter.[5][6]

Kare is near the back left side of this 1986 staff photo.

Work at NeXT[]

Kare left Apple in 1985 with several fellow employees to join Steve Jobs at his new startup NeXT. One of NeXT's clients was Microsoft for which she designed icons and graphics in Windows 3.0, including its Solitaire game. After the acquisition of NeXT by Apple Computer in 1996, Kare established her own independent design firm, with clients such as PayPal and Facebook.[6][7]


  1. Andy Butler (2014-10-21). Interview with graphic designer Susan Kare. designboom.
  2. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang (2001-02-19). Interview with Susan Kare. Stanford University. Archived from the original on 2010-03-11. Retrieved on 2007-08-13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Tobin, Janet. "Designer Susan Kare '75 Gives Pixels Personality", Mount Holyoke College, Summer 2001. 
  4. Wolf, Ron. The mother of the Mac trash can. San Jose Mercury News. Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved on 2007-08-15.
  5. Lemmons, Phil. "An Interview: The Macintosh Design Team", BYTE, February 1984, pp. 58. Retrieved on 22 October 2013. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Woman Behind Apple's First Icons by Zachary Crockett, Priceonomics. 2014-04-03.
  7. In Conversation with Susan Kare: On Windows 3.0 Solitaire, Iconography, and Nostalgia, Areaware. 2016-09-28.

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