Andy Hertzfeld

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Susan Kare, The Woman Who Gave the Macintosh a Smile

In 1982, she was a sculptor and sometime curator when her high-school friend Andy Hertzfeld asked her to create graphics for a new computer that he was working on in California. Kare brought a Grid notebook to her job interview at Apple Computer. On its pages, she had sketched, in pink marker, a series of icons to represent the commands that Hertzfeld’s software would execute. Each square represented a pixel. A pointing finger meant “Paste.” A paintbrush symbolized “MacPaint.” Scissors said “Cut.” Kare told me about this origin moment: “As soon as I started work, Andy Hertzfeld wrote an icon editor and font editor so I could design images and letterforms using the Mac, not paper,” she said. “But I loved the puzzle-like nature of working in sixteen-by-sixteen and thirty-two-by-thirty-twopixel icon grids, and the marriage of craft and metaphor.”

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Michael Stuhlbarg as'Andy Hertzfeld’
in «Steve Jobs»(2016)

Last time I watched “Steve Jobs” for another Michael^^
But I remember the first time I noticed Stuhlbarg. And it was exactly in this film. His Andy Hertzfeld is so harmless and gentle, he’s like mediator between Steve and his daughter, like his conscience or his best natural human part.

This threat of public humiliation is one of my favorite scene in film:

And another one it’s the episode of last conversation between Steve and Andy, when, thanks to Hertzfeld, Steve was able to look at himself by the eyes of normal people around.

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