Jef Raskin

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Jef Raskin

Name: Jef Raskin

Born: March 9, 1943, in New York City, USA

Death: February 26, 2005 (Age: 61)

Computer-related contributions

  • American human–computer interface expert best known for starting the Macintosh project for Apple in the late 1970s.
  • In January 1978 Raskin joined Apple as Manager of Publications, the company's 31st employee.

Significant publications

  • The Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems (2005).
  • Apple II Basic Programming Manual (1978).


"There must not be a plethora of configurations. It is better to offer a variety of case colors than to have variable amounts of memory. It is better to manufacture versions in Early American, Contemporary, and Louis XIV than to have any external wires beyond a power cord."

"Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining."