Priceonomics has an interview with Susan Kare, who has spent her career designing icons for graphic computer interfaces and the first proportionally spaced font for Apple. “For many, Susan Kare’s icons were a first taste of human-computer interaction: they were approachable, friendly, and simple, much like the designer herself. Today, we recognize the little images — system-failure bomb, paintbrush, mini-stopwatch, dogcow — as old, pixelated friends. But Kare, who has subsequently done design work for Microsoft, Facebook, and Paypal, has also become her own icon, immortalized in the annals of pixel art. We had a chance to interview her; this is her story.”
There’s more from Kare at Wired: ” Kare, icon of icons, talks about the creative decisions behind some of the best-loved symbols of the past four decades.”
And the Neurotribes blog has images from her sketchbook (as well as more from Kare).