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  •  Unfortunately it's an urban legend (6+ / 0-)
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    cdreid, AlanF, Simplify, forester, Uberbah, TIKI AL

    Coincidentally I recently read an article by the designer of the logo, where he talks about the various stories about the origins of the Apple logo and questions about it's symbolism or intented meanings, and he discusses this one (and others) directly:

    RJ: Well, I'm probably the least religious person, so Adam and Eve didn't have anything to do with it. The bite of knowledge sounds fabulous, but that's not it. And, there is a whole lot of other lure about it. Turing the famous supposed father of computer science who committed suicide in the early 50's was british and was accused of being homosexual, which he was. He was facing a jail sentence so he committed suicide to avoid all that. So, I heard one of the legends being that the colored logo was an homage to him. People think I did the colored stripes because of the gay flag. And, that was something really thought for a long time. The other really cool part was that apparently he killed himself with a cyanide laced apple. And, then I found out Alan Turing's favorite childhood story was Snow White where she falls asleep forever for eating a poisoned apple to be woken up by the handsome prince. Anyway, when I explain the real reason why I did the bite it's kind of a let down. But I'll tell you. I designed it with a bite for scale, so people get that it was an apple not a cherry. Also it was kind of iconic about taking a bite out of an apple. Something that everyone can experience. It goes across cultures. If anybody ever had an apple he probably bitten into it and that's what you get. It was after I designed it, that my creative director told me: "Well you know, there is a computer term called byte". And I was like: "You're kidding!" So, it was like perfect, but it was coincidental that it was also a computer term. At the time I had to be told everything about basic computer terms.

    Here's the link to the whole article:

    Interview with Rob Janoff, designer of the Apple logo

    He really didn't know anything about Alan Turing, and only found out about the 'connections' to the logo after the fact.

    Too bad, really. Because Turing certainly deserves the respect and homage of the entire computer industry. But this guy is a graphic designer, not a techie.

    •  Didn't even now what "byte" was... (1+ / 0-)
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      CS in AZ

      It was after I designed it, that my creative director told me: "Well you know, there is a computer term called byte". And I was like: "You're kidding!"

      Clearly he was ONLY a graphics designer.

      Interesting story. Thanks.

      "If you can't afford a boat, and are standing tiptoe in the water, the rising tide goes up your nose." -- Barney Frank

      by JanF on Wed Sep 09, 2009 at 09:07:29 AM PDT

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