Here’s Why Steve Jobs Changed Apple Key to Command Key [VIDEO]


Graphic designer Susan Kare, who designed the 32 x 32 and 16 x 16 icons used in the original Mac operating system, has finally revealed why Apple replaced the Mac’s Apple key with the Command key. &#8984


While talking about early Mac OS development in a recent presentation at the EG conference in California, Kare shared that it was actually Steve Jobs who made her change the Apple symbol key to the Command key (via Cult of Mac).

Originally, all shortcuts in the Macintosh operating system were done with the ? key, but when Steve Jobs saw the dropdown menus, he screamed: “There are too many Apples! You’re using our logo in vain!”

Looking for a replacement, Kare consulted a symbol dictionary and plucked a little-known symbol used almost exclusively in Swedish campgrounds — the ? symbol we all know and love today.

Kare also revealed that the job of designing icons for Mac OS was offered to her “serendipitously” based on no more than her ability to draw some off-the-cuff icons on graph paper during her initial interview at Apple.

The full video of Kare’s interview is well worth a watch. Check it out:


  • johnnygoodface

    Love her humility… I love her creations! She’s my hero!

  • einsteinbqat

    LOL! iiC typeface clearly does not support the command icon because it shows a question mark!

  • ChrisShield5

    Shes a cool lady.

  • “…has finally revealed why…”

    I think this was fairly well known before today. Just sayin’.

    Cool video though. Susan Kare is a legend!