The latest honors for Susan Kare ’75

“The woman who launched a billion clicks:” Susan Kare ’75 is the groundbreaking designer behind thousands of icons and screen graphics.

Mount Holyoke’s Susan Kare ’75 was honored in numerous ways this spring. 

Called “the “icon of icons” and “the woman who launched a billion clicks” by Wired magazine, Kare is the groundbreaking designer behind thousands of icons and screen graphics seen on numerous digital devices. 

Kare began her career designing some of the first icons for Apple in the early 1980s. Some of her early sketches for Apple have been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and were on view as part of its #ThinkingMachines exhibition. 

Kare also received the AIGA Medal, given to designers in honor of their influence and cultural impact. 

She was also featured in a New Yorker piece called “The Woman Who Gave the Macintosh a Smile,” which noted that, through her work, “one can see a legacy of personal touch that one hopes will continue into our digital future on a deeper level than fingerprint readers.” 

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