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Curriculum Vitae

CURRICULUM VIT® (to 2002 01 08)





CEO of Humane Interfaces LLP

Interface and system design consultant to large and small companies around the world

Creator of Macintosh computer at Apple Computer, Inc.

Manager of Advanced Systems at Apple Computer, Inc.

Author of The Humane Interface (Addison Wesley, 2000, ISBN 0-201-37937-6)

Named one of the 40 Most Outstanding Graduates, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Named one of 10 Most Outstanding Engineering Graduates, Pennsylvania State University

CEO of Information Appliance Inc.

Professor, University of California at San Diego

Computer Center Director, Third College, University of California at San Diego

Author of over 300 articles on interface design, mathematics, science, computer science, and other subjects

Co-author of Information Design (MIT Press, 1999, ISBN 0-262-10069-X)

Trademarks created: Macintosh, Information Appliance, QuickDraw, Leap

Conductor of the San Francisco Chamber Opera Co.

Visiting Professor, Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Vice President, Interaction Design, Telocity Inc.

President, Bannister & Crun, LP





1989-present Independent Consultant and Writer.

Clients include Intel, Matias Corporation, XOFamily, HP, IBM, Motorola, NCR, Xerox, Ricoh (Japan), Kraft Systems, Bayer, Agensys, AT&T, McKesson, Technicon, Baan, Kammand Corporation, Toyama Musical Instrument Co. (Japan), Enlighten Software, Teknowledge, Fujitsu, Evolve Software, Fish & Richardson PLC, Apricus, InfoDesign (Switzerland), and US Department of Agriculture (Pacific Northwest Forest Station)

Current and recent contributing editor positions include Forbes ASAP, Wired, Mac Home Journal, Pacifica Tribune, Model Airplane News, and RC MicroFlight.

Book published: The Humane Interface, Informatrion Design (Co-author)

1999-2000 VP Interaction Design, Telocity Inc. Cupertino, California

1982-1989 Chairman and CEO, Information Appliance Inc., Palo Alto, California

1982 Instructor in Operating Systems and Documentation, Dansk Datamatic Institut, Lyngby, Denmark

1978-1982 Apple Computer Inc., Cupertino, California (31st employee)

            1980-1982 Manager of Advanced Systems (Macintosh Project)

            1979-1980 Manager of Applications Software

            1978-1979 Manager of Publications and New Product Review

            1976-1978 Consultant and Writer

In these positions with Apple, Jef Raskin conferred regularly with A.C. Markkula (V.P. Marketing, Chairman of the Board/ President and Chief Executive Officer), J. Couch, (V.P. Software /Vice President and General Manager of Personal Office Systems, 1981), Tom Whitney (Senior V.P of Engineering), and Steven Jobs, (V.P. New Products/ Chairman of The Board and Vice President)

1974-1979 Faculty, San Francisco Community Music Center, San Francisco, California

The center was established in 1931 to bring music education within reach of the community. Raskin taught recorder, harpsichord, chamber ensemble, and music theory. Reported to Landon Young, Director of the Center.

1974-1979 Founder and General Partner, Jef's Friends Model Aircraft Co., Brisbane, California

Raskin produced and sold radio-controlled model sailplane kits; designed aircraft, managed manufacturing subcontractors, advertising, and direct sales. Over 2,000 kits were sold during the first two years, the active period of partnership. This company had 11 limited partners. It was formally dissolved in 1979. Raskin noted in 1979, ÒI gained more experience in the legal, advertising, and financial aspects of business than money.Ó

1974-1979 Founder and President, Bannister & Crun, Brisbane, California

The company became a formal partnership April 1977. Software consulting and documentation services. Clients included Heath Co., (manuals for the H11 Computer), The University of Washington, Apple Computer (manuals for the Apple I and Apple II), National Semiconductor (manuals for the SC/MP system), The City of South San Francisco (programming for inventory, sewer rental and permits, pollution monitoring, maintenance scheduling), Dymax Publications (various manuals), and a number of individuals for whom systems were produced. RaskinÕs role was to manage the technical aspects of the company which he founded. He wrote most of the manuals, and did half of the coding and all the design for the South San Francisco programs. The company was successful financially. By the end of 1977, it employed nine people.

1974-1976 Advertising and Portfolio Photographer; Bard, Funkhouser Associates, San Francisco, California

1974-1975 Recreation Leader, City of Brisbane Recreation Department, Brisbane, California, Reported to Jane Kirby.

1973 Packaging Designer, The Box Factory, South San Francisco, California

Reported to Al DeNola, owner.

1972-1973 Assistant Instructor, Bicycling, Department of Physical Education, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California

1970-1974 Assistant Professor, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California

Taught courses in computer programming, computer graphics, data structures, graph theory, computer animation, computer music, and some courses in music and art. By taking his accumulated vacation and sabbatical at the end of the time, RaskinÕs dates of employment overlap slightly. On 3 November 1972, the students published a course evaluation that stated, ÒMost of the students thought the course was great. Raskin kept the class interesting, encouraged student participation, and was a good speaker. Students were very enthusiastic about the course even though there was a lot of work and he keeps the course moving along pretty rapidly.Ó

            Courses taught at UCSD included:


                        1.) Environments and Events

                        2.) Materials for Artists

                        Computer Art:

                        3.) Beginning Programming

                        4.) Humanities Applications of List Structures

                        5.) Computer Applications in Arts and Humanities

                        6.) Computer Graphics

                        7.) Heuristics and Synergistics

                        8.) Computer Animation


                        9.) Beginning Camera Technique

                        10.) Photography


                        11.) Computer Applications in Music

                        12.) Ornamentation, Past and Present


                        13.) Television Production Technique

                        14.) Bicycling

                        15.) Electronics for Musicians and Artists


                        16.) Discrete Structures

                        Computer Science:

                        17.) Computer Media

                        18.) Computer Programming in Pascal

                        19.) Computer Programming in BASIC

                        Also taught ÒModel Planes, Silent Flight,Ó at San Diego Free University

1973-1974 Director, Third College Computer Center, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California

Designed and implemented multi-mini-computer CRT-based student laboratory and the FLOW teaching language. Two D.G. Nova 1200s were organized into a time-sharing system that Raskin designed so that either could take over the entire student load in the event of a malfunction in one of the computers. There was a staff of four teaching assistants. A third Nova ran graphics applications on a Tektronix storage CRT, and ran the animation camera.

1971 Independent Contractor, Designed a waterless darkroom for Scripps Institute of Oceanography

1970-1973 Director, Visual Arts Computer Facility, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California

This was the first computer owned by the Art Department. It grew into the Third College Computer Center.

1969 Split Appointment, Lecturer, UCSD Computer Center (half time) and Lecturer in Visual Arts (half time), La Jolla, California

1968-1969 Associate in Music, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California

Taught programming courses, designed and built computer music and computer art installation. Overlapped appointment as Lecturer.

1968 Junior Development Engineer, Electronics, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California

Precursor to the above position, but without academic duties. Raskin was a graduate student at the time.

1966-1967 Instructor in Electronic and Computer Music, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania

Taught programming and electronics, and designed and built the Penn State Electronic Music Studio.

1966 Independent Contractor, Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania

Designed and built analog computer for Speech Department at Penn State.

1965-1967 Graduate Assistant, Penn State University Computer Center, State College, Pennsylvania

Aided users especially in statistical and graphics applications programming. Reported to Dr. D.T. Laird, Director of the Center. Raskin also helped to install an IBM 360/67 computer

1963-1964 Consultant and Programmer, Columbia-Princeton Computer Music Project, New York, New York

Consultant to Ford Foundation ÒProject for the Utilization of High Speed Digital Computer Equipment to Prepare Masters for Music Publication.Ó Designed an input language for music under Stephan Bauer-Mengleberg.

1961-1965 Computer Operator and Programmer, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Oyster Bay and Stony Brook, New York

Programmed and operated an IBM 1620. Among other application and system programs, designed on of the first KWIC indices. Reported to Dr. Aaron Finerman.

1961 Independent Contractor, Downstate Medical Center, New York City, New York

Designed and built ionto-electrophoresis machine for Dr. Anthony Hernandez.

1959-1961 Computer Designer, State University of New York at Oyster Bay, Department of Biology, Oyster Bay, New York

Raskin supported part of his college education by designing and building analog computers for the Biology Department.





1974-1979 Jef's Friends Model Aircraft Co. (remote controlled model aircraft)

1976-1978 Bannister and Crun (computer software and manuals)

1982-1989 Information Appliance Inc. (human interface design and implementation as hardware and software)

1988- Verity Recordings (classical music compact discs, first release was in 1989)

1992- Anabatic Aircraft (name change from JefÕs Friends)

2001- Humane Interfaces, LLP





2000- Columnist, Forbes ASAP

1999- Contributing Editor, RC MicroFlight

1996- Contributing Editor, MacHome Journal

1993- Contributing Editor, WIRED

1992- Contributing Editor, Model Airplane News

1988- Columnist, Pacifica Tribune

1978 Staff Editor, Silicon Gulch Gazette

1976-1977 Equipment Reviewer, Dr. Dobb's Journal

1975 Realization editor, Telemann Society

1969-1973 Editor, Computer Studies in the Humanities and Verbal Behavior (journal)

1968-1969 Algorithms Editor, Computers and the Humanities Journal

1967- Reviewer, Computing Reviews of the ACM

1961 Literary Editor, Mind's Eye magazine





1998 Visiting Scholar, Department of History, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

1995 Lecturer and Visiting Scholar, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University, Stanford, California. Courses taught: Computer Science 377 / Music 242

1973 Visiting Scholar, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford, California. Worked at the invitation of John McCarthy.

1970 Professor, Summer Training Institute for Humanistic Computation, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

1969 Director of Summer Session Computer Programming, Notre Dame College, Cleveland, Ohio.

1964-1967 Graduate Assistant, Pennsylvania State University Computer Center, State College, Pennsylvania.





1967-1969 Postgraduate studies in electronic and computer music, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California.

Raskin specialized in electronic and computer music, but interrupted his graduate studies to join the faculty.

1967 M.S. Computer Science, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania.

Raskin was studying for Ph.D. in Philosophy, but switched to computer science. At the time, however, there was no Ph.D. available in computer science. RaskinÕs thesis was ÒA Hardware-Independent Computer Graphics System.Ó The practical system developed as part of the thesis was still in use in 1979, and formed the basis of the DISPLAA system sold to a San Diego company in 1979.

1965 B.A. Philosophy, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York.

Raskin studied philosophy of science with an additional minor in music.

1964 B.S. Mathematics, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York.

Four years for the mathematical logic major, with minor in physics.





1973 Fellow, Creative Arts Institute, Los Angeles, California.

1971 Regents' Undergraduate Instructional Improvement Grant, Development of the Teaching of Programming in the Third World and in the Arts and Humanities, University of California, San Diego. This grant enabled the expansion of the Third College Computer Center.

1971 Unicubes, Academic Senate Research Committee Grant 588, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California.

1970-1972 National Science Foundation Grant GY-7852, Computers in Undergraduate Education; this grant was given to establish a computer center with a human orientation.

1969-1970 University of California Grant, Use of Computers in Instructional Programs in the Visual Arts, with Harold Cohen, to develop hardware and software for computer animation and very large (10 by 30 foot) flat bed plotters.

1968 Research Assistantship Grant, Pennsylvania State University.

1966 Research Grant in Computer Music Typography, College of Arts and Architecture, Pennsylvania State University.

1962 State University of New York Research Foundation Grant No. 31-81.

1962 National Science Foundation URP Grant in Thermal Sciences, for study of problems of communication with satellites during orbital re-entry.

1961 Maximum Scholarship Award No. E60847, New York State Regents' College Scholarship for Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics, State of New York.

1960 New York State Regents' Scholarship in Science.

1959-1960 Mathematics Team Captain, Brentwood High School.





2002 Panelist at ConJosŽ, science fiction conference. Steve Wozniak, moderator. San JosŽ, CA.

2002 "Cognetics" CogLunch speaker seriers, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University. November 7

2001 "Making Machines Fit For Human Consumption", Opening Plenary at UIST, Orlando, Florida, November 12.

2001 ÒMaking Machines PalatableÓ, Invited Speaker at ISMIR, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, October 16.

2001 ÒMaking Machines Fit for Human ConsumptionÓ, Fourth Annual Distinguished Lecture Series Kick-off at DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, October 12 (rescheduled from September 14.)

2001 ÒProlegomena to Future Interface DesignÓ, Guest Lecturer, Stanford Seminar on Human-Computer Interaction (CS547, Professor Terry Winograd), Stanford, California, October 5.

2001 Workshop at USDA, Pacific Northwest Forest Station, Corvallis, Oregon, June 26.

2001 "Making Macs Fit for Human Consumption", Keynote Speaker at MacHack Conference, Dearborn, Michigan, June 21.

2001 Opening Session (Panel with Andy Hertzfeld, Guy ÒBudÓ Tribble, Caroline Rose, Bruce Horn, Donn Denman, and Jef Raskin, from the original Macintosh development project), MacHacks Conference, Dearborn, Michigan, June 20.

2001 ÒMaking Machines Fit for Human ConsumptionÓ, Distinguished Lecture Series Kickoff at OTUG, St-Paul, Minnesota, June 19.

2001 Workshop at Alias|Wavefront, Toronto, Canada, May 15.

2001 ÒUniversal Principles of Humane Interface Design WorkshopÓ, Workshop at TorCHI, cosponsored with Communications and Information Technology Ontario, Toronto, Canada, May 14.

2001 ÒTurning the art of interface design to engineeringÓ, Invited Talk at EHCI, Toronto, Canada, May 13.

2001 ÒMaking Machines Fit for Human Consumption,Ó Invited Talk at University of Toronto, Canada, sponsored by the Knowledge Media Design Institute, May 11.

2001 "Making Machines Fit for Human Consumption", Invited Talk at BayCHI-East, Berkeley, California, April 17.

2001 The Humane Interface (Addison Wesley Longman, 2000, ISBN 0-201-37937-6), nominated for 11th Annual Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Award

2001 ÒMaking Interfaces Fit for Human Consumption,Ó Lecture at Sun Systems, Mountain View, California, February 14.

2001 Guest on Beyond Computers, KQED, February 4.

2000 ÒMaking Machines Fit for Human Consumption,Ó ProvostÕs Lecture at SUNY Stony Brook, New York, December 6.

2000 Speaker, NASA Ames, Mountain View, California, November 9.

2000 Guest on Moira GunnÕs ÒTech NationÓ on National Public Radio re: The Humane Interface.

2000 Guest on Beyond Computers, KQED, August 20.

2000 Forth talk, Cogswell College, San Jose, California, August 19.

2000 Speaker, IEEE Computer Society Microprocessor and Microcomputer Standards Committee. January 10.

1999 Named by the Pennsylvania State University as one of the 10 most outstanding graduates among the 72,000 living graduates of its school of engineering.

1998 Artist-in-residence, Odyssey School, San Mateo, California.

1998 Featured appearance on ZDTV show Screen Savers, October.

1998 Named by State University of New York, Stony Brook, as one of its 40 most outstanding graduates since the founding of the University.

1998 Golden Artichoke award for series of articles on Òpsychics.Ó

1998 ÒAnalyzing Interfaces,Ó lecture at Association for Software Design. Stanford Univ. 20 Jan.

1997 ÒTerrors of Technology, or, ArenÕt Computers Dreadful?Ó Lecture at Center for the Advancement and Renewal of Educators. San Francisco California 15 December.

1997 Interview with Peter John Schuler, KQED Radio, San Francisco, California, March.

1997 ÒCrimes against the Human Interface,Ó lecture at the Bay Area chapter of the ACMÕs Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction. Palo Alto, California, 11 February.

1997 Keynote speaker for Berkeley Macintosh User Group, MacWorld Expo, San Francisco, California, 8 January.

1995 ÒWhy We Hate Our Computers: or, The Ô90s Was a Decade of Stasis in Interface Design,Ó presentation at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 11 May.

1995 Guest on Moira GunnÕs ÒTech NationÓ on National Public Radio re: aerodynamics.

1994 Guest lecturer, Stanford Seminar on Human-Computer Interaction (CS547) Project on People, Computers, and Design. Professor Terry Winograd. Stanford, California, 14 October.

1994 Presentation at the Association of Software Developers, San Francisco, California, 3 October.

1994 ÒThe Interface Paradox,Ó lecture at the Bay Area chapter of the ACMÕs Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction. Palo Alto, California, 13 September.

1994 ÒThe Coanda Effect and Aerodynamics,Ó presentation at the Exploratorium, San Francisco, California, 6 July.

1994 Guest on Moira GunnÕs ÒTech NationÓ on National Public Radio re: interfaces and the Mac

1994 Guest on Ira FlatowÕs ÒTalk of the Nation: Science Friday,Ó National Public Radio re: 10th anniversary of the Macintosh.

1992 ÒSailplane Precision Aerobatics, Faculty, Eighth National Sailplane Symposium, Madison, Wisconsin, 24 & 25 October.

1992 ÒMac Inventor,Ó Subject of ÒHigh Tech HeroesÓ TV program, Episode 37, Foothill College Studios, Los Altos, California, 19 February.

1991 "Interface Design, Principles and Practice," presentation at the NCR User-Centered Design conference (TIES), Atlanta, Georgia, 18 April.

1990 Seminar on Human Interface Design at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, La Jolla, California, 14 March.

1989 The John J. Anderson Distinguished Achievement Award (awarded for the creation of the Macintosh project.)

1989 Industrial Designer's Society of America Award, for design of Swyft portable computer (awarded to my company, and not to me personally.)

1989 ÒAchieving Quality in System Usability,Ó presentation before Ricoh Corporation, July

1989 ÒFriendly User Interfaces ArenÕt,Ó Chair, E-3, 17 March.

1988 ÒInformation Appliances,Ó Address to the AEA Financial Conference, 14 March.

1988 ÒMathematics Everyperson Colloquium,Ó 2 lectures on computer design at Humboldt State University, Eureka, California, 10 March.

1988 Real-Time Computer Conference, featured speaker, Anaheim, California, 16 November.

1988 "Principles Underlying Good Interface Design," Interdisciplinary Computer Science Lectures, Mills College, Oakland, California, 20 October.

1988 "Information Appliances in Education," Stone Valley School of Tomorrow Steering Committee, San Ramon, California, 28 July.

1988 Lecture at IBM Boca Raton, Florida, 21 June.

1987 Plenary Speaker, INTERFACE 87 The Fifth Symposium on Human Factors and Industrial Design in Consumer Products, Human Factors Society, May, Rochester, New York.

1987 NOMDA Datapro Best-in-Show Awards to the Canon Cat both for "ease of use" and for "revolutionary new technology".

1987 ÒProgrammers at Work: Live!Ó panel discussion at Computer Literacy Bookshop, San Jose, CA, 8 April.

1987 Panel member at the ÒMiniconference on the Future of Mass-Market ComputersÓ at the Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, NV, January.

1987-1988 Distinguished Speaker, Computer Forum Lecture Series, Stanford University.

1986 Panel Member, "Where Is The Leading Edge Leading Us?" American Electronics Association Northern California Council Dinner Meeting, 22 October. (With Esther Dyson, Eric Carlson, Enzo Torresi, and Robert Metcalfe.)

1986 SwyftCard cited as Editor's Choice Product, inCider, Vol. 4, No. 1.

1986 SwyftCard cited as Expert's Choice product for 1986, inCider, Vol. 4, No. 12 p. 50.

1986 ÒSwyftcard: A Practical Application Environment Based on Fostering Habits,Ó and ÒA Logical Cursor Design for Textual Application: A Design Study,Ó demonstrations at ÒHuman Factors in Computing Systems,Ó CHI Ô86, 13-17 April.

1986 - 1989 Member, West Coast Computer Faire Advisory Board.

1985 Radio interview, WXYZ Radio, Detroit, Michigan, October.

1985 User Group Demonstrations for the SwyftCard in Venice, CA, San Jose and Redwood City, California.

1982 "On Computer Documentation," Compuweek Conference, San Francisco, 2-5 March.

1981 Keynote Address, Congr�s International de lÕInformatique et des Sciences Humaines, Li�ge, Belgium, 18-20 November.

1981 ÒThe Computer as an Instrument of Torture,Ó EE380/CS310 Computer Systems. Laboratory Seminar, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California, Terman Building, 4 February.

1980 ÒA View of the Future of Personal Computing,Ó SIGPC, Los Angeles, CA, 20 November.

1980 Panel Chair: "Computers and Videodisks," American Video Institute Conference, New York, New York, 23-24 May.

1979 Chairman, Session on Documentation, National Computer Conference, Personal Computing Festival, 4-7 June, New York.

1979 "Use of Microcomputers as Terminals," National Computer Conference, 4-7 June, New York.

1978 Speaker, I.E.E.E., PERCOM Ô78, 28 February.

1978 Speaker, Ô78 National Computer Conference.

1977 ÒPersonal Computing,Ó talk before the Peninsula Chapter of Association for Computing Machinery, 10 November.

1977 WhoÕs Who in theWest, 1977.

1977 "A Pipe Organ Microcomputer System," West Coast Computer Faire, San Francisco.

1976 "Computer Editing," S-100 Microcomputer Bus Symposium, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Valley, California, 20 November.

1976 California Industrial Design Award for Excellence in Package Design for Western Wind Model Plane and, separately, for the Bard, Funkhouser Booth Design.

1973 "Teaching Programming," International Conference on Computers and the Humanities, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1973 "Computers in the Arts," Computer Arts Society, International Festival of the Arts, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

1973 Computers in the Humanities Workshop, New York.

1972 "Teaching Programming," Canadian Information Processing Society, Canadian Computer Show, Montreal, Canada, 30 May -1 June.

1972 Northern California Regional Computer Art Symposium, Stanford, California.

1971 First National Computer Art Symposium, Seminar on Computer Applications in the Humanities, Tallahassee, Florida, 22-31 October.

1971 Northern California Regional Computer Network, Stanford, California, 16 August

1971 Gave a reading of his own short stories, La Jolla, CA, 3 June.

1971 Elected to Third College Standing Committee on Construction and Design.

1971 "Computer Applications in the Arts," California Institute of the Arts, Pasadena California, February.

1969 IBM Symposium on Introducing the Computer into the Humanities, Poughkeepsie, New York, 20 June - 2 July.

1969 Conference on Computer Technology in the Humanities, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 3-7 September.

1969 ÒA Hardware Independent Software Package for Computer Graphics,Ó Information and Computer Sciences Seminar, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California, 11 February.

1960 American Rocket Society Award for "Outstanding Contributions in the Associated Fields of Astronautics".

1960 Award for project, ÒThe Computer,Ó from the Educational Committee of the Long Island Section of the Science Teachers Association. Also received an award at the Suffolk County Science Congress, April 1960.





2001- IEEE

1994- 2002 American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

1994- Association for Software Design

1993- BayCHI, Bay Area Chapter of the Special Interest Group in Computer-Human Interaction

1991-1993 Board of Directors, Pacifica Land Trust

1990-1993 Board of Directors, Pacifica Arts and Heritage Council

1988- Judge, San Francisco Science Fair

1988- California Academy of Sciences

1982-1985 Board of Directors, Chanticleer Inc.

1982- 1984 Charter Member ACM Computer Planning Commission

1981- American Association for the Advancement of Science

1981-1983 Chairman of the Special Interest Group on Personal Computing of the ACM

1981-1982 Consultant to the San Jose Board of Education on Computers in the Schools

1981-1982 Chairman, ACMÕs SIGPC (Special Interest Group in Personal Computers)

1979-1981 American National Standards Institute, Committee X3J2, BASIC

1977- 1982 Grant Reviewer, National Science Foundation

1975-1978 Member, Advisory Committee on Bikeways for the San Mateo County Regional Planning Commission

1975-1977 City of Brisbane Bicycle Path Designer

1975-San Francisco Vultures, Model Airplane Club

1974- Experiments in Art and Technology

1973- British Computer Arts Society

1973-   Fellow, Creative Arts Institute

1968-   FCC License #KASS 5857 (now KE6IGI)

1967- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

1966- Amreican Recorder Society

1960- National Academy of Aeronautics

1960- Academy of Model Aeronautics, Life Member Number 88

1960- Honorary Member, American Rocket Society

1960-1964 Mathematical Association of America



PUBLICATIONS (this is a partial listing; many individual columns, some smaller articles, and most reviews omitted. Books on programming that I wrote when I was at Apple are included here.)




¥ "The Woes of Ides" Queue 1:3 May 2003 (Queue is an ACM periodical)

¥ Correction to article on Turning machines in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2003

¥ uDrive Me Crazy and Jef Raskin's rules for interface design, Popular Science. November 2002. Web version:,12543,386121,00.html

¥ ÒItÕs Right Before your EyesÓ in column ÒThe Humane TouchÓ Forbes ASAP September 10, 2001, p. 30

¥ ÒBad Design Can Be CostlyÓ in column ÒThe Humane TouchÓ Forbes ASAP May 28, 2001, p. 16

¥ ÒThe Toyota PriusÓ in column ÒThe Humane TouchÓ Forbes ASAP April 2, 2001, p. 24

¥ ÒFaceliftÓ in column ÒThe Humane TouchÓ Forbes ASAP February 19, 2001, p. 38

¥ ÒSaying HI to IT,Ó Computerworld, December 2000

¥ ÒThe Humane InterfaceÓ Ubiquity, An ACM IT Magazine and Forum, May 23-29, 2000

¥ ÒThe User Interface in Text Retrieval SystemsÓ SigCHI bulletin 31:1, Jan 1999, p. 37

¥ ÒThe toy that drove the universeÓ (An analysis of the anthropic principle) Quantum 9:6 November/December 1999, pp. 49-50

¥ ÒLCS 2420 ReviewÓ Mac Home Journal 6:2 February 1998, p. 44

¥ ÒMama took my Kodachrome awayÓ Mac Home Journal 6:1 January 1998, pp. 22-26 (cover story)

¥ ÒTouch-3D ReviewÓ Mac Home Journal 5:12 December 1997, p. 85

¥ ÒInstant TVÓ Mac Home Journal 5:12 December 1997, p. 87

¥ ÒTurboCAD 2D/3DÓ Mac Home Journal 5:10 October 1997, p. 84

¥ ÒGetting Started With Mac Midi Music MakingÓ Mac Home Journal 5:8 August 1997, pp. 64-65

¥ ÒGame ControllersÓ Mac Home Journal 5:6 July 1997, pp. 32-37

¥ ÒFlight SimulatorsÓ Mac Home Journal 5:6 July 1997, pp. 60-62 (Cover Story)

¥ ÒWhatÕs NeXT for AppleÓ Interactions 4.3, May-June 1997, pp. 12-16

¥ Item in Ò101 Ways to Save AppleÓ Wired 5.06 June 1997, p. 115

¥ ÒAvid CinemaÓ Mac Home Journal 5:6 June 1997, p. 31

¥ ÒNASCAR RacingÓ Mac Home Journal 5:6 June 1997, p. 61

¥ ÒNo Hands MouseÓ Mac Home Journal 5:6 June 1997, p. 70

¥ Raskin J.; Worthington P.; ÒPractical 3-D Design Tools,Ó Mac Home Journal 5:5 May 1997, p. 50

¥ ÒMusic AceÓ Mac Home Journal 5:5 May 1997, p. 58

¥ ÒItÕs the Interface, Stupid.Ó Mac Home Journal 5:5 May 1997, p. 106

¥ Trivia Munchers DeluxeÓ Mac Home Journal 5:4 April 1997, p. 67

¥ ÒAscend 4.0Ó Mac Home Journal 5:5 May 1997, p. 85

¥ ÒKeystoneÓ Mac Home Journal 5:3 March 1997, p. 106

¥ Ò3D Landscape 2.0Ó Mac Home Journal 5:2 February 1997, p. 108

¥ Ò ezFlyer 230Ó Mac Home Journal 5:2 February 1997, p. 115

¥ ÒKM-760Ó Mac Home Journal 5:2 February 1997, p. 116

¥ ÒLooking for a Humane Interface: Will Computers Become Easy to Use?Ó Communications of the ACM 40:2 February 1997, p. 98, 50th Anniversary Issue on the future of computing

¥ ÒRobot Wars 3,Ó Radio Control Car Action 12: 2 Feb 1997, p. 92ff

¥ ÒWeÕre not evolving,Ó Wired January 1997, p. 112

¥ ÒMac HistoryÓ ComputerPress #12, Moscow, December 1996, pp. 9-20 (in Russian)

¥ ÒWanted for Crimes Against The Interface,Ó Interactions 3.6, November-December 1996, p. 70 (cover story)

¥ ÒLow Voltage = High Power: Getting down to brain-size computers,Ó Wired, April 1996, p. 72

¥ ÒCe que le crŽateur du Mac en pense,Ó a commentary on the Microsoft ÒBobÓ interface (in French), Science et Vie Micro No. 125, March 1995, p. 69

¥ quoted in Green, Noah. ÒThe Last Word?Ó Village Voice, 2 May 1995, pp. 41-42

¥ ÒOn The Future,Ó Upside, October 1994 pp 24 ff (cover story)

¥ÒIntuitive Equals Familiar,Ó Communications of the ACM 37:9, September 1994, p. 17 (The meaning of ÒintuitiveÓ as used in discussions of interface features.)

¥ ÒHoles in the Histories,Ó a critique of histories of interface design Interactions 1.3, July 1994, p. 11

¥ ÒHubris of a heavyweight, Ó a review of StrossÕs book, ÒSteve Jobs & the NeXT Big ThingÓ IEEE Spectrum, July 1994 pp. 8-9

¥ ÒDown With GUIs!Ó Wired, December 1993, p. 122

¥ ÒUse of Computers in EducationÓ, Upside, December 1993, pp. 8-9

¥ ÒPress 3 If You Want This Voice-Response System To Self-DestructÓ. Wired, July-August 1993 p. 109.

¥ ÒA Concern about the Samuleson-Glushko SurveyÓ SIGCHI Bulletin 23:3 July 1991, pp. 12-14

¥ ÒVenture VulturesÓ Midnight Engineering 1:2, March-April 1990, p. 55 ff

¥ ÒSystemic Implications of an Improved Two-Part Cursor,Ó Proceedings of the Computer Human Interface Conference, 30 April 1989, pp. 167-170

¥ ÒThe Mac and the Mega-Micro Syndrome,Ó Dr. Dobb's Journal, (2nd annual Mac issue) Fall 1989, p. 6

¥ ÒA Critical View Of The Computer In Education,Ó Electric Word No. 15, September-October 1989, p. 27

¥ ÒRaskin on HyperCrud, Part I,Ó Language Technology Magazine No. 12 1989

¥ ÒRaskin on HyperCrud, Part II,Ó Language Technology Magazine No. 13 1989

¥ ÒHypertext Problems,Ó The CD ROM Yearbook, Microsoft Press, Redmond WA, 1989

¥ Letter to the Editor, MacWeek 3:23 13 June1989, p. 28. Refutes attack.

¥ ÒThe Apple Suit: An Interface Developer's View,Ó MacWeek 2:20, 17 May 1989, p. 23ff

¥ Dozens of small items on technology in Wired (since1992)

¥ ÒHypertext Difficulties,Ó a discussion in the Proceedings of the Hypertext Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, 1988

¥ ÒOn the Introduction of the NeXT Computer,Ó San Jose Business Journal 6:26, 17 October 1988

¥ ÒThe Hype in Hypertext: A Critique,Ó Proceedings of the Hypertext '87 Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1987

¥ Alzofon, D.; Caulkins, D.; Raskin, J.; Winter, J.; ÒCanon Cat Advanced Work Processor Reference Guide,Ó Information Appliance Inc., Menlo Park, California; Canon Inc., Tokyo, Japan, 1987

¥ Alzofon, D.; Caulkins, D.; Raskin, J.; Winter, J.; ÒCanon Cat Advanced Work Processor How-To Guide,Ó Information Appliance Inc., Menlo Park, California; Canon Inc., Tokyo, Japan, 1987

¥ Raskin, J., ÒTradition or Simplicity,Ó Tech Exec Magazine, December 1987, pp.45-46

¥ Raskin, J., ÒHuman Interface Design," Dr. Dobb's Journal, May 1986, pp. 32-38

¥ "Is The Industry 'Taking' Us?" Personal Computing, October 10, 1986, p. 288 and 210

¥ Raskin, J.; et. al., ÒUsing SwyftWare on the Apple //e and //c: a Guide, Glossary, and Reference Manual,Ó Information Appliance Inc., Menlo Park, California, 1986

¥ Raskin, J et. al. ÒSwyftCard -- Using SwyftCard on the Apple //e: a Guide, Glossary, and Reference Manual,Ó Information Appliance Inc., Palo Alto, California, 1985

¥ ÒComputers by the Millions,Ó SIGPC Newsletter 5:2 1982

¥ ÒGlossary,Ó Skarbek Software Directory, Skarbek, St. Louis, Missouri, 1981

¥ Raskin, J.; Whitney, T.; "Perspectives on Personal Computing," IEEE Computer 14:1,1981, p. 62

¥ ÒA Plea for Experiments in Language Design,Ó Communications of the ACM 24:1 1981

¥ Apple Pascal, Operating System Reference Manual, Apple Computer Inc., 1980

¥ Apple Pascal, Language Reference Manual, Apple Computer Inc., 1980

¥ "Using the Computer as a Musician's Amanuensis, Part 1," Byte 5:4 1980

¥ "Using the Computer as a Musician's Amanuensis, Part 2," Byte 5:5 1980

¥ "Jef Raskin's Brief Dictionary of Computerese," Apple 1:4 1980

¥ "An 8080 Disassembler," 73 Magazine, April 1979

¥ "Unlimited Precision Division," Byte 4:4, 1979

¥ "Pascal In Education," Apple 1:3, 1979, p. 10

¥ "Jef Raskin's Brief Dictionary of Computerese," 1979 Apple 1:3 p. 21, Apple 1:2 p. 21, Apple 1:1 p. 17

¥ "Students + Computers = Learning," Apple 1:1, 1979, p. 22 ff

¥ Apple II Basic Programming Manual, Apple Computer Inc. 1978

¥ "A Faire View," People's Computers, May-June 1978

¥ "Big Computer, Little Computer," Personal Computing 1:2, March-April 1977, p. 31 ff

¥ "A Pipe Organ/Micro Computer System," Proceedings of the First Computer Faire, San Francisco, California, 1977

¥ Silicon Gulch Gazette -- many articles, 1977

¥ Columnist, "Consumer Notes," Dr. Dobb's Journal, 1977

¥ "Interfacing the Qume Printer to the S-100 Bus," Interface Age, August 1977

¥ Two chapters in the Reference Book of Personal and Home Computing, People's Computer Company, Menlo Park, California, 1977

¥ "Review of Commodore Pet Computer," Personal Computing, 1977

¥ "An 8080 Disassembler," Dr. Dobb's Journal 2:3, 1977

¥ "Solving Some of the Software Interchange Problems," Kilobaud 1:1, 1977

¥ "Product Review of the Poly 88 Computer," Dr. Dobb's Journal 1:10, 1976

¥ "Shape Grammars and their Uses," Computers and the Humanities 10, 1976

¥ "Personal Computers, a bit of Wheat among the Chaff," Dr. Dobb's Journal 1:8, 1976

¥ "A Mini Tale," Datamation, 22:8, 1976

¥ "FLOW: A Teaching Language for Computer Programming," Computers and the Humanities 8:4, 1974

¥ "Programming Languages for the Humanities," Computers and the Humanities 5:3, 1971, p.155

¥ "Beginning Computer Programming in the Humanities," Proceedings, On Computer Technology in the Humanities, University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, Kansas, 1970

¥ "A Tutorial on Random Number Generation," Computers and the Humanities 4:1, 1971

¥ Review of Hellwig, Jessica, "Introduction to Computers and Programming," Computer Studies in the Humanities and Verbal Behavior 3:1, 1970

¥ "Beginning Computer Programming for the Arts and Humanities," IBM Manual G-32-2044-0, 1960

¥ Howland, H.; Sharrock, G., Raskin, J. "A Digital Computer Method for Dating Short Tree Ring Series," Nature 201:4917, 1960





¥ "WattAge Tangent" Backyard Flyer 2:3, May 2003, p. 64

¥ "WattAge Mirage 2000-5Ó Model Airplane News 129:10, October 2001, p. 58

¥ ÒMini Modeling Gear: Honey, they shrunk the accessories!Ó RC MicroFlight 3:9, September 2001, p. 6

¥ ÒScale Speeds: Why Park Flyers Look So Good in the AirÓ RC MicroFlight 3:8, August 2001, p. 9

¥ Letter to the Editor, Model Aviation, 27:7, July 2001, p. 9

¥ ÒHow to Build Jigs for Small ModelsÓ RC MicroFlight 3:6, June 2001, p. 15

¥ ÒHow to Balance Models with a CalculatorÓ Model Airplane News 129:5, May 2001, p. 76

¥ ÒHow to Modify the Little Tiny into a Flying WingÓ RC MicroFlight 3:3, March 2001, p. 8

¥ ÒKreighÕs Module Mini IFOÓ RC MicroFlight 3:1, January 2001, p. 7

¥ ÒBeyond BatteriesÓ RC MicroFlight 2:12, December 2000, p. 6

¥ ÒMore on Magnet SourcesÓ RC MicroFlight 2:12, December 2000, p. 3

¥ ÒSimple Fixes for a Longer-Lasting WingoÓ RC MicroFlight 2:11, November 2000, p. 13

¥ ÒYouÕll want to switchÓ RC MicroFlight 2:11, November 2000, p.9

¥ ÒJeti: Mini ChargerÓ RC MicroFlight 2:10, October 2000, p.15

¥ ÒUse Magnets to Hold Models TogetherÓ RC MicroFlight 2:10, October 2000, p.14

¥ ÒItÕs a DragÓ RC MicroFlight 2:9, September 2000, p.5

¥ ÒThe Ins and Outs of Sewn HingesÓ RC MicroFlight 2:8, August 2000, p.6

¥ ÒConvert the Simprop Pfalz DIII for More Powerful MotorsÓ RC MicroFlight 2:7, July 2000, p.7

¥ ÒThe Maha MH-C777Ó RC MicroFlight 2:6, June 2000, p.7

¥ ÒAdjustable Pushrods and Pull/Pull Cable Controls for Tiny RC ModelsÓ RC MicroFlight 2:5, May 2000, p.8

¥ ÒWarp 9: A cardboard slope soarerÓ Model Airplane News, May 2000

¥ ÒStressed for Success: Lighter Models with Structures you TrussedÓ RC MicroFlight 2:2, February 2000, p.8

¥ ÒBuilding for IndoorsÓ RC MicroFlight 1:2, December 1999, p.4

¥ ÒSheet Materials for Micro RCÓ RC MicroFlight 1:1, November 1999, p. 15

¥ ÒTesting Model AirplanesÓ Model Aviation, June 1997, pp. 28-48

¥ ÒSimple Staggerwing Goes ElectricÓ Flying Models, May 1997, pp. 36-39

¥ ÒRobot Wars IIIÓ Radio Control Car Action, February 1997, p. 92 ff

¥ ÒUnderstanding How Models FlyÓ Model Airplane News 124 Jan 1996 pp. 70-73

¥ ÒPiper L4Ó. Model Airplane News. 123 July 1995 pp. 74-77

¥ ÒMake an Instant Foam TrainerÓ. Model Airplane News 122 No. 9 1995 pp. 26-29

¥ ÒForward Swept WingsÓ. R/C Soaring Digest, 11:9, September 1994 pp 40-41

¥ ÒPhysics of FlightÓ. Quantum, September-October 1994, p. 5

¥ ÒAirfoils for Aerobatic Sailplane WingsÓ. Soartech No.10, September 1993

¥ Anabat 2. The White Sheet No.71, Spring 1993, p. 25

¥ Design Considerations for the Aerobatic Sailplane. R/C Soaring Digest 9:12, December 1992, pp. 46-55

¥ Precision Sailplane Aerobatics. Proceedings of the Eighth National Sailplane Symposium. MARCS, Madison, Wisconsin, 1992

¥ Fourth Annual Precision Slope Aerobatics Contest. R/C Soaring Digest 9:11, November 1992, pp. 48-49

¥ How to Trim Sailplanes for Aerobatics. Model Airplane News 120:9, 1992, p. 24 ff

¥ Columnist, Model Airplane News, 1992-present

¥ ÒQuick, Arrest That Airplane! A Primer on Precision Glider AerobaticsÓ Slope Soaring News 2:5, March 1990, pp. 4-7

¥ ÒWhy You Shouldn't Repair Your Own Avionics Equipment,Ó Private Pilot 21:5, May 1986, p. 22

¥ ÒProducts in Use: CoxÕs Sportavia and PilotÕs Tiny Ace,Ó Model Builder 9:91, 1979

¥ ÒProducts in Use: Cox Centurion,Ó Model Builder 8:1, 1978





¥ Letter to the Editor, American Scientist 91:3, May-June 2003 p 197

¥ Toy planes can elude Star Wars shield, Forbes ASAP, 25 March 2002 p 13

¥ Kushner Costume, Fashion Theory 5:3, Sept 2001, p 314 (my only fashion photo)

¥ ÒJust a Maginot Line in the Sky,Ó The Globe and Mail, Tuesday May 22, 2001, p. A1

¥ ÒGoodbye, My Love! (But I donÕt Miss You as Much as I Thought I Would),Ó Knowledge Quest, 29:4, March/April 2001, p. 35

¥ Letter to the Editor, Science News, 159:1, January 6 2001, p. 3

¥ ÒRogerian Nursing Theory: A Humbug in the Halls of Higher Learning,Ó Skeptical Inquirer 24:5 September-October 2000, p. 31

¥ Letter to the Editor: Skeptical Inquirer 22:6 November-December 1998

¥ Letter to the Editor: Skeptical Inquirer 22:4 July/August 1998 p 64

¥ ÒHow To Read A Magazine Review,Ó R/C Report, December 1994, p. 24

¥ Poem in the anthology ÒAt WaterÕs Edge,Ó 1996

¥ Poem in the anthology ÒEast of the SunriseÓ H. Ely, ed. 1995

¥ÒThe Upper El Conducting Elective,Ó The Nueva Journal 36:1, Winter 1995, p. 9

¥ÒRecollection of Harry Partch,Ó 1/1 The Journal of the Just Intonation Network 8:4, November 1994, p. 24

¥ ÒThe Lazy HumanÕs Guide to Wealth,Ó Boing Boing 13, 1994, p. 45

¥ ÒTeaching Proof Technique with Manipulatives,Ó The Nueva Journal 34:2, Winter 1993, p. 12

¥Recorder Studies (a three volume set of recorder quartets). Hannacroix, Loux Music Publishing Co 1991. Reviewed in The Recorder Magazine (U.K.) 15:1, p. 17 March 1994

¥ ÒPacifica MoodsÓ a weekly nature column, Pacifica Tribune, 1989- present

¥ ÒA Vote For Freedom,Ó Pacifica Tribune, 12 July 1989, p. 11A

¥ ÒA Rational Explanation for One Aspect of UFO Behavior,Ó BASIS (Bay Area Skeptics Information Sheet) 7:5, 1988

¥ Letter (on statistics), American Scientist 76: 5, 1988, p. 432

¥ "Raskin's Retort," California Business, 1988

¥ "Apple's Legal Sparks," California Lawyer 8:9, 1988

¥ Letter to the Editor, Wall Street Journal, Monday 27 July 1987

¥ Letter to the Editor; Science News 129:24, 14 June 1986

¥ "Errata (to a Nonexistent Article)," Journal of Irreproducible Results 20:2, 1973

¥ "Smog Patterns," script for movie, Senses Bureau, La Jolla, California. Shown on PBS, 1973

¥ "Purification of Water by Sand Filtration," Journal of Irreproducible Results 19:5, 1972

¥ Photo essay (with David Wing) in Knowles, Alison, Journal of the Identical Lunch, Nora Broadcast Press, San Francisco, California, 1971

¥ Photo Illustrations, UCSD Soaring Club, La Jolla, California, 1970

¥ "The Limitations of Science," Mind's Eye 1:3, 1961

¥ "Modular Congruences," Mathematics Student's Journal, March 1960

¥ "A Simple Random Noise Generator," Radio Electronics 33:7, 1958





¥ 2001 Swaine, Michael. Column in Dr. Dobbs Journal, November, p.101.

¥ 2001 Schwartz, Matthew. ÒTechnology Visionaries Scope the FutureÓ Computerworld 35:41, October 8, 2001, p.54

¥ 2001 Schwartz, Matthew. ÒThe Interface RevolutionaryÓ Computerworld 35:6, February 5, 2001, p.62

¥ 2000 Lemm, Karsten."Ein Messias mit kleine Macken." Stern 47, December 2000, p.215

¥ 2000 Urchins, C. ÒRaskin SuccessÓ. Pacifica Tribune July 5, 2000, p.2B

¥ 2000 Crook, Neal. ÒThe Canon CatÓ Forthwrite FIGUK 107 June 2000 p. 11

¥ 1999 Trudel, John. IEEE Spectrum 36:9, September 1999, p. 6 response to Jef RaskinÕs letter

¥ 1999 Linzmayer, Owen. Apple Confidential, ISBN: 188641128X. No Starch Press 1999

¥ 1999 Lanier, Jaron. ÒInterface-OffÓ. The Sciences, May-June 1999, p. 41.Óthe concept of the Òinformation applianceÓ originally proposed by the computer scientist Jef Raskin, ...Ó

¥ 1997 Garwood, Dave. ÒSlope CombatÓ. Model Airplane News, July p. 39. ÒIn the early 1990s Jef RaskinÕs Anabatic Aircraft revolutionized slope combat...Ó

¥ 1997 Prasek, Ed. ÒThe Making of MacintoshÓ Mac Home Journal. 5:5, May 1997, p. 24ff. Concentrates on my contributions to the Mac.

¥ 1997 Garwood, Dave. ÒFoam Slope SoarersÓ QFI 24 Dec / Jan 1997 p. 46.

¥ 1994 Linzmayer, Owen. The Mac Bathroom Reader. San Francisco: Sybex Inc. Contains a particularly accurate account of the history of the creation of the Macintosh and of my part in it.

¥ 1994 Levy, Steven. ÒInsanely GreatÓ Popular Science, February, 1994. p. 56 ff. Early Macintosh history, more accurate than the book from which it was derived.

¥ 1994 Levy, Steven. Insanely Great: the life and times of Macintosh, the computer that changed everything. New York: Viking. At best a moderately accurate account.

¥ 1993 Special Report on Information Appliances, Business Week, 22 Nov, p. 110. I am correctly credited with the creation of the Mac and coining the term ÒInformation ApplianceÓ in 1978.

¥ 1993 Walbank, Sean. ÒSilent FlightÓ RC Model World, July 1993 pp 27-29 (British)

¥ 1989 Letter to the Editor, Douglas McKenna, MacWeek 3:23, 13 June, p. 28.

¥ 1989 "Cat Has 9 Lives. Here's Number 2.," Electric Word, No. 15 September/October p. 3

¥ 1989 "It's Apple Macintosh Time Here," Bill Drake, Pacifica Tribune, Wednesday 9 August, p. 1A

¥ 1989 "Raskin: Man of Many Talents," Bill Drake, Pacifica Tribune, Wednesday 9 August p. 16A

¥ 1989 "The Cat is Dead, Long Live the Interface," Ezra Shapiro, Language Technology Magazine, No. 13

¥ 1989 "The Soul of a Not-so New Machine" Connie Guglielmo, MacWeek 3:3, 17 January, p. 52

¥ 1988 "Of Maytags and Macs" G. Pascal Zachary, California Business 23:9, September, p. 23

¥ 1988 "The Macintosh Wizard Pulls a Cat From his Hat," Joseph M. Caiola, The Magazine of the State University of New York at Stony Brook 2:2, cover story

¥ 1988 "Jef and the Mac," a chapter on my work appearing in Martin Hollman, Modern Aircraft Design, Cupertino, California

¥ 1988 Young, Jeffrey S. Steve Jobs, The Journey Is the Reward. Scott, Foresman; Glenview IL, descriptions of my work on pp 15, 22, 36, 81, 87, 90, 97, 154, 163, 169, 172, 176, 180, 198, 199, 207. A book of only moderate accuracy.

¥ 1988 "Technology to Creativity to Usefulness," Silverthorne, Sean, Palo Alto Times Tribune, Monday 11 January, p. D1

¥ 1988 Hawkins, William J. "The Fastest Word Processor?" Popular Science 232:2, p. 106

¥ 1988 Shakespeare, Margaret. ÒMarketing the Feline MystiqueÓ Business section of The New York Times, Sunday 29 May, p. 5.

¥ 1987 "Raskin Unveils Easy-To-Use Non-Computer," Kathy Rebello, USA Today, 8 July, p. 2B

¥ 1987 "No Comparison," Letter to the Editor by Robin Samelson. A+ Magazine 5:1, January, p. 15

¥ 1987 "New Work Processor Has No OS, Windows Or Menus" Electronic Engineering Times, 6 July

¥ 1987 "Canon Introduces Its New 'Work Processor'," Patricia Zengerle, Management Information Systems Week, 13 July p. 30

¥ 1987 "Chip on Intel's drawing board...," G. Pascal Zachary, San Jose Mercury News, 15 July

¥ 1987 Caruso, Denise, "Upcoming: Better-Behaving Computer", San Francisco Examiner, Sunday 28 June, p. D3

¥ 1987 "Programmers Debate Languages, 'Corporate Programming'", Byte, June

¥ 1987 Shapiro, Ezra, "A Spiritual Heir to the Macintosh" Byte 12:11 October, p. 121ff (A product preview)

¥ 1987 Carrolls, Paul B. "Computer Firms Step Up Efforts to Make Machines Easier to Use." Wall Street Journal, Monday 14 December, p. 25

¥ 1987 Frieberger, Paul, "The Mac's 'Pirates' are Still Buccaneering" San Francisco Examiner, Sunday 13 September p. D6

¥ 1987 Lewis, Jan, "Info Appliance's Raskin: Pushing The Interface", Jan Lewis's Computer Insider 2:10, March

¥ 1987 "Millionth Mac; Hot Graphics" Marketing Communications Newsletter 1:5, p. 1

¥ 1987 Interview about Canon Cat, KNTV News Channel 11. 22 July

¥ 1986 Clayton, Mark, "This chap envisions data cruncher that's simple as a toaster" The Christian Science Monitor, Tuesday 29 April

¥ 1986 Cook, Brian, "It's a waffle iron! It's a toaster! It's SwyftCard!", Boston Business Journal, 7 April

¥ 1986 Lammers, Susan. Programmers At Work. Microsoft Press, Redmond WA (There is a chapter on my work, pp 226-245)

¥ 1986 "The 'Information Appliance'" John Voelcker, IEEE Spectrum 23:5, May, p. 65

¥ 1986 Editors' Choice: SwyftCard, inCider 4:1, p. 128

¥ 1986 "Panelists blazed historic computer trails," Kathie Price, Arizona Republic, Saturday 5 April p. E1

¥ 1985 "SywftCard Changes Concept of Apple IIe Operation" Paul Freiberger and Philip Robinson, San Jose Mercury News, Sunday 8 December, p. 15F.

¥ 1985 "SwyftCard Lets Apple IIe User Work with Ease," Kathy Rebello, USA Today, Friday 30 August p. 5B

¥ 1985 "'Swyft' Idea for Simpler Computers" C. W. Miranker, San Francisco Examiner, Sunday 15 September, p. D1 ff

¥ 1985 "Online: Apple Has The Edge, Analyst Says" San Jose Mercury News, Sunday 8 September p. 16 ff

¥ 1985 "Application Environment for Apple IIe" Ezra Shapiro, Byte 10:9, September, p. 37

¥ 1985 "Shhh! Undercover Entrepreneurs" Sabin Russell, Venture, December p. 34ff

¥ 1985 "The Race Goes to the Swyft" David D. Thornburg, A+ Magazine 3:11, November, p. 86

¥ 1985 "Information Appliance: The Next Revolution?", MicroTimes, 8 Nov., p. 46

¥ 1985 McKenna, Regis, The Regis Touch, Addison Wesley (A garbled history of my role in the Mac project appears there)

¥ 1985 "News +" Frederic E. Davis, A+ Magazine 3:10, October p. 18

¥ 1985 Interviewed on the program Tech Talk by Michael Schrage 27 October

¥ 1984 "Macintosh's Other Designers," John Markoff and Ezra Shapiro, Byte9:8, August, pp 347ff. The article that first revealed that I and not Steve Jobs had conceived the Macintosh.

¥ 1984 "Design Case History: Apple's Macintosh" Fred Guterl, IEEE Spectrum 21:12, p. 34 ff

¥ 1984 "Interview:" The University of Phoenix Viewpoints 1:2, Summer, (An interview with me) p. 14 ff

¥ 1972 "In His Hands, Computer Can Be a Tool of the Arts," Pat Harbolt, Tallahassee Democrat, 19 July

¥ 1970 "UCSD Reflects Season with Toy Exhibition," Armin Kietzman, San Diego Evening Tribune, 7 January

¥ 1970 SIGLASH Newsletter 3:4, October

¥ 1969 "Mazes -- A Show of Transient Architecture," David Antin, Arts Magazine 43:7, May, p. 18

¥ 1969 "Art by a Man who Plays with Toys," Marylyn Hagberg, San Diego Magazine22:2, December, p. 92ff

¥ 1969 "Mazes" David Antin, San Diego Magazine 21:3, January, p. 94ff





2000 Raskin, J. (8 provisional patents relating to interface designs submitted)

1991 Raskin, J. ÒMethod and apparatus for controlling a keyboard operated deviceÓ, Number 5,025,705 (allows detection of which finger operates which button)

1991 Raskin, J. and Winter, J. ÒMethod and apparatus for control of an electronic displayÓ, Number 5,019,806 (LEAP patent)

1989 Raskin, J.; Winter, J.; Curry, R.; "Two-Part Cursor", Number 4,806,916

1986 Winter, J.; Raskin, J.; Bumgarner, J.; "Method and apparatus for control of data storage". Pending Application for United States Letters Patent, Serial Number 06/936,856

1986 Raskin, J.; Winter, J.; Bumgarner, J.; Curry, R.; "Method for Control of Data Storage and Display". Pending Application for United States Letters Patent, 1986

1980 Raskin, J. "Multiposition Electronic Component Mounting", Number 4,303,887

1979 Raskin, J. "Digital Electronic Tuner", Number 4,196,652

1975 Raskin, J. "Construction Technique for an Airplane Wing", Number 4,003,155





"Macintosh," for Apple Computer, Inc. 1984

"Leap," for Information Appliance Inc. Registration No.: 1,503,629, 13 September 1988

ÒQuickDrawÓ AppleÕs internal graphics system, 1982

The one-button mouse and method for its use, 1979

ÒInformation Appliance,Ó 1978

The placement of a user interface into ROM, 1978





1992 Anabat series of remote piloted vehicles

1987 Canon Cat, a work station featuring high productivity and extreme ease of use

1985 SwyftCard, the first document-centered software product

1984 Apple Macintosh, a popular and trend-setting computer

1974 Western Wind, a radically inexpensive radio-controlled training aircraft


Academic Computer Systems designed and implemented:

1972 Flow computer language

1971 Third College Computer Facility, University of California, San Diego

1969 Computer art facility for Visual Arts Department, University of California, San Diego

1967 Quick Draw Graphics System (QDGS), Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania

1967 Pennsylvania State University Electronic Music Studio, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania

1964 Analog Computer, Department of Biology, State University of New York at Oyster Bay





1994 Exhibit Designer, ÒPhase WalkwayÓ Exploratorium, San Francisco, California

1994 Performance of the musical, ÒThe Practical PrincessÓ, for which I wrote the score. Hillsborough, California

1991 Solo Piano Performance in ComposerÕs Showcase (Keyboard Productions Inc.)

1990 Solo Piano Concert, Pacifica Arts And Heritage Council Concert Series, Pacifica California

1990 Premier of "Four-Handed Rag" performed by Blasdale and Michaelian, Hillsborough California

1990 Premier of "10 Studies", Berkeley, California

1989 Guest conductor, San Francisco Recorder Society, San Francisco, California

1974 Conductor, San Francisco Chamber Opera Company, San Francisco, California

1973 Score for movie, "Smog Patterns," shown on PBS. Senses Bureau, La Jolla, California

1972 "Environment with People," one-man show, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

1972 "Space Expanders" one-man show, University of California, San Diego, California

1972 "Amazing Amalgamated Amorphous," group show, Anomaly Factory, La Jolla, California

1972 International Computer Art Exhibit, group show, Montreal, Canada

1972 Staff Harpsichordist, Heritage Coffee House, San Diego, California

1971 "Unicubes," one-man show, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

1971 Faculty Art Show, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California

1971-1973 Director, San Diego Ancient Music Society, La Jolla, California

1971 "Bestiary," one-man show and poetry reading, Art Gallery, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California

1970 "Toys Collected by Jef Raskin," one-man show, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California

1970 Participating artist, "Artist in Industry" program, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California

1970 Percussionist, ÒThe Music of Harry PartchÓ a television documentary shown on PBS

1969 "Mazes" one-man show, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California

1969 "Art and Technology," group show, Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York

1969 Percussionist, San Diego Symphony (on tour)

1968 "The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age," group show, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

1965 Director, Old Southaven Chamber Ensemble, Southaven, New York





1992 Daughter Aenea Hannah

1987 Daughter Aviva Frieda

1984 Son Aza Benjamin

1982 Married Linda S. Blum

FCC technician radio license KE6IGI

Academy of Model Aeronautics Life Member No. 88


Jef Raskin

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Pacifica CA 94044


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These descriptions are sometimes limited by the need to protect confidential information.


1. Apple: Macintosh and Lisa computers. I conceived of the Macintosh (and coined the name) in response to my belief that to reach a larger marketplace, future computers had to be designed from the user interface out. Up to that time, at Apple and most other manufacturers, the concept was to provide the latest and most powerful hardware, and let the users and third-party software vendors figure out how to make it usable.


When I first started to work on the Macintosh the Lisa was also just beginning its development. Originally, it was a character-generator-based machine. After I explained the Macintosh architecture and the advantages of an all-bit-mapped computer to them, the Lisa team decided to follow my graphic approach.


From its inception until 1982 I headed the Macintosh development team. I reported to Steve Jobs and Tom Whitney.


2. McKesson. I worked on three distinct major projects during 1995-96.


Project 1: This was a major database, MIS, order entry and fulfillment system, with a number of other, proprietary, applications involving widely spread geographical sites and multiple major corporate organizations. While originally hired to help design the GUI interface so as to provide a highly usable system with a branded look and feel, I was soon also employed in rationalizing the underlying database and support systems. My original contract of 2 months extended to nearly a year. For a recommendation contact project leader Armen Tekerian at 415-983-7128.


From the beginning I suggested that the project be done with Internet technologies, an idea that was resisted for over half a year, but finally adopted. Many other systemic improvements that I suggested or designed were also used. I was also able to materially improve the interface as originally hired to do.


Tools used on this project included Visual BASIC, C++, Oracle, and a number of proprietary and legacy systems.


Project 2: An order entry system that required some 20 complex screens was working but caused considerable customer dissatisfaction. I redesigned the interface to require only 7 screens, each of which was simpler to use than the previous design and at the same time I increased the functionality. The new interface, implemented in Javascript, was judged aesthetically superior as well as being more pleasant and efficient to use.


Project 3: Smalltalk was to be used to implement a particular task. I designed an interface but that interface was rejected by the team who used a Smalltalk-like (tabbed) interface due to their tight deadlines and (in my opinion) unwillingness to move from their familiar style. The project was judged a failure, partly because of their poor interface and mostly because it did not meet memory or performance goals, and was abandoned.


An analysis of my performance was published by the McKesson project leader, Charles Nettles.


3. HP. My role was to conduct a seminar in interface design, attended by hundreds of HP employees. It was well received; the written HP evaluations were overwhelmingly positive.


4. IBM. I was called in to consult on a project that had a major interface component at their Boca Raton plant. I cannot be more specific. I have also given executive seminars at their headquarters in NY.


5. NCR. My task was to help create a new product based on a very advanced interface concept. The project was abandoned when AT&T bought NCR, though I am told that my work is still influencing current development. The work was done over a period of two years at their Atlanta Human Interface technical center. I reported to Michael Miller, 404-810-7205.


6. Other companies for which I have taught classes in interface design include Technicon, Ricoh, Bayer, AT&T, and Fujitsu. I have also done some interface work for Fujitsu in connection with a technology transfer from my company, Information Appliance Inc. working with Dr. Yoshioka, email: At Ricoh I worked with Kenji Hiruma, 011-81-33-479-3111.


7. I have completed many small interface design tasks for the other companies listed on the C.V. Teknowledge is a Department of Defense subcontractor for which I designed an interface that greatly simplified the approach they had been taking. I reported to Scott McGregor.


8. Information Appliance Inc. was a venture-funded startup from 1982 to 1989. I was its founder and CEO. It designed SwyftWare and the Cat work processor for Canon, and completed many smaller projects.


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The Bible Hoax
The Bible Hoax Program
The Dismal State of Computer Curricula
The Flawed Calculus of Torture
There is No Such Thing as Information Design
Vitriolic, Spleen, and Invective: an Academic Debate
Voting for a Portal
WANTED for Crimes Against the Interface
Will Computers Ever Become Easy to Use?
 Airplane Pictures
Apple's Publications Department
Cyborg Jef
Double Rainbow
Floating Carbon
Jef with Eniac
Mission Blue Butterfly
Organ Picture
Paper Beams
Picture of Jef Raskin
Pipe Organ
Western Wind
 12 Percent of Something
A Swiss Tourist Guide
Alien Arithmetic: An Experiment
An History of the Yarmulke
Aza's Sparkler
Eating B'dang B'dang
How To Decrease the Cost of Health Care
How To Read a Model Plane Review
Pshtwar B'dang
The Body Weight of a Bed-Bound Patient
 Dimyskery Sam
Effectiveness of Mathematics
Finally, We Do Something Right
Jacob's Stone
Letters to Dad
Math and Science Book Reviews
Next Time, It Can Be Worse
Off-the-Wall Comments on the Ten Commandments
The Merry, Exciting Life of the Musician!
The Old Slipstick
The Piper Cub Offense
The Soft Sell on Hard Sails
Usborne Medieval Port
Widgets of the Week

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