Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ode to Susan Kare’s Chicago

Alissa Walker (via John Gruber):

It was square, squat, and inherently cute. It was friendly. It was easy to use. I’m talking about the beige box with the blue grinning face that came to live with us in 1985. But I’m also talking about the font that came with it. It was the typeface Chicago that spelled out “Welcome to Macintosh,” ushering us into a new age of personal computing. But it was also a new age for digital type. Here was a typeface created explicitly for the Macintosh, part of designer Susan Kare’s strategy to customize everything from the characters to the icons — that happy computer, the wristwatch, an actual trashcan — to make it feel more human and less machine.

I liked Espy Sans better than Chicago’s replacement, Charcoal.

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Strangely I like bitmap Chicago, the original one, but I never liked the TrueType version of the font that came later. Those rounded corners just seems wrong.

Espy Sans was a great font too. I remember substituting Chicago for Espy Sans as my system font at some point (required some ResEdit skills!).

"I liked Espy Sans better than Chicago’s replacement, Charcoal."

Who didn't?

(But now we're back to the legibility vs chrome debate...)

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