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Last month marked the 20th anniversary of MacFormat, our sister magazine across the pond in the UK, and they're marking the momentous occasion with goodies such as a reproduction of their first 1993 issue, an anniversary logo created by original Mac icon designer Susan Kare, and a May issue that's jam-packed with 20 years of Apple memories. Here at Mac|Life, we're hoping you'll join us in the celebration.
As MacFormat Editor-in-Chief Graham Barlow notes, such an impressive span means that the magazine has been around for an entire generation of Apple users. “Looking back at issue one of MacFormat, it’s amazing to see how the Mac and Apple have changed over the years," he said. "MacFormat first hit the newsstands 20 years ago, and now our fully interactive digital edition is available on Apple’s Newsstand and looking better than ever.”
Looking over the first print issue (available for free through their app) via an iPad is a stunning reminder of how much technology's changed in 20 years. One of the main features spills hundreds of words on what it takes to go online, and an accompanying glossary reminds us that there was a time not so long ago when average readers didn't know the meanings of words like "download" and "upload." Yet judging from the cover, some things still haven't changed--it promises, for instance, that you'll learn how to look like you're working when you're actually playing games.
As for the newest issue of MacFormat, it's packed with advice on how to use your Mac for photography, tutorials on how to move music off your Mac into an external drive, and how to create a teleprompter with an iPad.
Yet one of the most noteworthy aspects of MacFormat's celebration is the anniversary logo designed by Susan Kare (at right), who was behind many of Apple's signature interface elements such as the well-known Command symbol. Kare actually submitted a few designs for MacFormat's anniversary celebration, and we're told that MacFormat sister site Creative Bloq will publish an article on the logo's creation very soon.
MacFormat editor Christopher Phin was particularly enthusiastic about Kare's involvement. "Susan Kare ... has been a hero of mine for years, not least because when I was studying design at art school, she gave me a piece of icon design advice that has stuck with me ever since," he said. "It doesn’t matter if the feature an icon represents is immediately and intuitively obvious; what matters is that once you’ve made the link in your head--once you’ve learned what an icon does--some quality of the icon makes that link unbreakable."
Congratulations on 20 years, MacFormat! Personal reflections by various Apple personalities can be found at MacFormat's blog.