The story of the Amiga Kickstart image

The Amiga Kickstart v1.0 image created by Sheryl Knowles in 1985.
The Amiga Kickstart v1.0 image created by Sheryl Knowles in 1985. It consists of 4 colors and is in lowres.

Why is the Kickstart disc in the left hand when the disc drive on the Amiga 1000 is on the right side?

In 1985 the Amiga 1000 came to life. With it the Amiga Kickstart v1.0 and the Amiga Workbench v1.0 also came into our lives. All of us who´s been around an Amiga in the 80´s or the 90´s are familiar with the Amiga Kickstart logo (the left hand holding a disc) but are we all clear about why the disc is held in the left hand?

Sheryl Knowles created the Kickstart logo image in 1985 upon the release of the Amiga 1000.
Sheryl Knowles created the Kickstart logo image in 1985 upon the release of the Amiga 1000.

Sheryl Knowles, the artist behind the Amiga Kickstart logo image, was right handed and when creating the logo itself she held the disc in her left hand drawing it with the right. The Amiga 1000 and also the predecessors Amiga 500, 600 and 1200 all have the disc drive on the right side of the housing.

“No-one noticed the hand was wrong until it was too late. Instead, it became part of the legend.” – RJ Mical

The Amiga 1000 needed a Kickstart disk to be inserted into floppy drive to boot up. An image of a simple illustration of a hand on a white screen, holding a blue Kickstart floppy, invited the user to perform this operation.

Workbench v1.0 for the Amiga 1000 released in 1985.
Workbench v1.0 for the Amiga 1000 released in 1985.

Workbench 1.0 was released for the first time in October 1985. [5] The 1.x series of Workbench defaults to a distinctive blue and orange color scheme, designed to give high contrast on even the worst of television screens (the colors can be changed by the user). Version 1.1 consists mostly of bug fixes and, like version 1.0, was distributed only for the Amiga 1000. The entire Workbench operating system consisted of three floppy disks:Kickstart, Workbench and ABasic by MetaComCo. (Wikipedia: Amiga OS at Wikipedia)

Sources:

About the Kickstart image: Amiga Graphics Archive

Post image link: Amiga Kickstart logo wallpaper

 

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