Mac icon designer Susan Kare, May 8 at the Smithsonian's NMAH

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May 8, 2018
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Business History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Graphic designer Susan Kare has been called the “the Betsy Ross of the personal computer,”  the “Queen of Look and Feel,” the “Matisse of computer icons,” and the “mother of the Mac trash can.”  Kare is best known for designing the distinctive icons, typefaces, and other graphic elements that gave the Apple Macintosh its characteristic—and widely emulated—look and feel. Since then, Kare has spent the last three decades designing user interface elements for many of the leading software and Internet firms.  If you have clicked on an icon to save a file or tapped your smart phone screen to launch a mobile app, then you have benefited from Kare’s designs. Lemelson Center historian Eric S. Hintz will interview Kare about her fascinating career, followed by questions from the audience.

Innovative Lives: Susan Kare
Presented by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30p.m.
Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, 1 West
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets NW
Washington, DC

Tickets are FREE: register at