Susan Kare

Pioneer of pixel art and graphical computer interface

Artist and graphic designer Susan Kare was born in Ithaca, New York, wanting to be a fine artist or teacher. In 1983, Kare designed the visual core language for the first Macintosh computer and was an integral member in the prerelease marketing campaign. 

When Steve Jobs left Apple in 1986, Kare followed him to NeXT, Inc. to become the creative director and the new company’s 10th employee. 

As an independent designer, Kare has worked with Microsoft, Motorola and Sony Pictures. In 2003, she was recommended by Nancy Pelosi to fill one of four appointments to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee to design coins for the United States Mint. In 2015, the Museum of Modern Art exhibited the first physical representation of her iconography.

Class year: class of 1975
Birth year: 1954
Major: art; Doctor of Science honorary degree, 2001

Recent Campus News

Susan Kare ’75 is the groundbreaking designer behind thousands of icons and screen graphics.

The latest honors for Susan Kare ’75

This spring, Mount Holyoke’s Susan Kare ’75 received the AIGA Medal and was featured in the New Yorker and at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art.