Thursday, December 27, 2007

Apple commands you

Who'd have guessed what lies behind 'command'?
We're talkin' here about the command key for Apple computers...
Well, well well... Steve Jobs has it for you...

"It’s difficult to come up with a small icon that means “command”, and we didn’t think of anything right away. Our bitmap artist Susan Kare had a comprehensive international symbol dictionary and she leafed through it, looking for an appropriate symbol that was distinctive, attractive and had at least something to do with the concept of a menu command. Finally she came across a floral symbol that was used in Sweden to indicate an interesting feature or attraction in a campground. She rendered a 16 x 16 bitmap of the little symbol and showed it to the rest of the team, and everybody liked it. Twenty years later, even in OS X, the Macintosh still has a little bit of a Swedish campground in it."

Indeed, this sign is used across Nordic countries to mark genera
l sight places, like old buildings, churches and castles.
VoilĂ ... One mystery revealed...

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