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Discover what made the future: Apple Macintosh

  • Roman Raacke
  • Susan Kare

Before the Macintosh, practically all computers were ‘text-based’ – you operated them by typing words onto the keyboard. Launched in 1984, the Macintosh was the first commercially successful computer to use a GUI (Graphical User Interface) operated by activating pictures (icons) and windows on the screen using a mouse.

Apple was so intent on the use of a mouse that it removed the arrow keys from the Macintosh keyboard (is anyone really missing their headphone jack?)

The Macintosh ushered in the concept of the ‘Personal’ Computer, designed to be approachable and friendly, including smiling icons and familiar sounds. As a true sign of their design-orientated roots each Macintosh includes the signatures of the designer’s cast into the inside of the case.

Credit: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

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