You Can’t Set Out to Make a Masterpiece
Susan Kare, when asked if she had any idea how important the work she did for Apple would end up being:
”You can set out to make a painting, but you can’t set out to make a great painting,” she told me. “If you look at that blank canvas and say, ‘Now I’m going to create a masterpiece’ — that’s just foolhardy. You just have to make the best painting you can, and if you’re lucky, people will get the message.”
Also interesting is this interpretation of the symbol on the command key, which I’ve always been curious about:
The symbol on every Apple command key to this day — a stylized castle seen from above — was commonly used in Swedish campgrounds to denote an interesting sightseeing destination.
Perhaps the first useful internet comment provides a different origin:
Small pedantic note: It’s not a stylized castle. It’s a Saint Hannes cross or Saint Johns arms. It was proposed to be a symbol for “Place of interest” in Finland in the 50′s and became a traffic sign for this in Scandinavia in the 60′s, so that part is correct.