What do Swedish campgrounds and overuse of the Apple logo have in common? A lot, according to Andy Hertzfeld of the original Mac development team. While working with other team members to translate menu commands directly to the keyboard, Hertzfeld and his team decided to add a special function key. The idea was simple: When pressed in combination with other keys, this “Apple key” would select the corresponding menu command. 

瑞典的露營營地標誌與過度使用的Apple標誌有什麼共同之處?很多。根據初代Mac開發團隊的Andy Hertfeld,當他與其他成員在將選單命令轉化成鍵盤時,Hertfeld與他的團隊成員們決定增加一個特殊功能鍵。這個想法很簡單,當與其他按鍵一起按的時候,這個「蘋果鍵」會選擇對應的選單命令。  

Jobs hated it-or more precisely the symbol used to represent the button-which was yet another picture of the Apple logo. 


Hertzfeld recalls his reaction: “There are too many Apples on the screen! It’s ridiculous! We’re taking the Apple logo in vain!”


A hasty redesign followed, in which bitmap artist Susan Kare poured through in international symbol dictionary and settled on one floral symbol that in Sweden, indicated a noteworthy attraction in a campground. 

在倉促的重新設計中,圖像藝術家Susan Kare在國際符號字典中決定了一個瑞花型標誌,在瑞典它代表露營地的著名地點。 Alternately known as the Gorgon loop, the splat, the infinite loop, and, in the Unicode standard, a “place of interest sign,” the command symbol has remained a mainstay on Apple keyboards to this day. 

被稱為「Gorgon loop」「splat」「infinite loop」,而在Unicode標準中,被稱為「place of interest sign」,command符號到今天仍然是Apple鍵盤的主要象徵。 

via The Secret Histories of Those @#$%ing Computer Symbols