1990  Craig Hickman

Making art kid‑friendly

Craig Hickman, who teaches digital arts at the University of Oregon, saw how frustrated his son was with early drawing tools for computers. He was inspired to create the breakthrough, easy-to-use program Kid Pix. He chose to build it for the Mac because its intuitive interface let kids draw what they saw in their heads. His son loved it, and so did a lot of other kids, making it a best-selling application that still inspires young imaginations today.

The original Kid Pix manual from 1989. Craig Hickman’s goal was to develop a drawing program that would be very easy to use. To this day, Kid Pix has retained many of the same principles as the original software.
Kid Pix was first released for the Macintosh in 1989. Its radically simple interface gave kids the ability to express themselves creatively on the Mac — even without knowing how to read or write.

Introduced October 15, 1990

Macintosh LC

The Macintosh LC dramatically lowered the price of a color-capable Mac, making it available to many more people. Color opened a new world of possibilities, letting users create things they could only imagine before. This computer also introduced built-in audio input to the Mac, making it easier to treat sound as a powerful creative tool.

What people did with it

In 1990, the Macintosh LC was many things to Mac users. Here’s how people say they used it the most.

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