[The following is Steve Silberman's introduction to Susan Kare Icons, available for purchase directly from the author.]
Point, click. The gestures and metaphors of icon-driven computing seem so natural and effortless to us now that it seems strange to recall navigating in the digital world any other way. It's not unusual to see a child who is barely old enough to read take an iPad in hand and instinctively know how to use it.
Apple's competitors are mimicking the company's designs on everything from tablets to laptops. There's short-term benefit here for consumers looking for inexpensive Apple alternatives this holiday season. But more significantly, it demonstrates how much Steve Jobs's legacy has impacted device makers--and how lost they'd likely be without Jobs's vision.