Thanks, Steve

When I was five years old, my dad brought home an Apple IIe for the summer (he was a teacher, and they used to close up the schools in the summer) and it changed my life. It made me fall in love with technology. And years later, at my uncle’s house, when I first used a Macintosh, I fell in love with design. For a painfully shy middle class kid growing up in suburban Alabama, the possibility of me growing up to become a technologist and designer was remote. But Apple’s example of good design and good taste inspired me to learn about subjects for which I had no teachers. And it’s where I came to appreciate the way design can dissolve the barrier between people and technology that they instinctively fear.

Every designer of my generation owes Steve Jobs a huge debt, one we can repay by creating work that would have withstood his intense scrutiny. Though I never worked for him, I’ve applied that test to my work throughout my career, and it’s one I’ll continue to use as long as these hands are still designing.

2 thoughts on “Thanks, Steve

  1. We have lost a true innovator and visionary. So rarely do we get a true Genius who has both the drive and pursuit to change the world for the better; reminding us not to settle for inferiority, but to demand greatness. From his garage, to Cupertino, to the world, his impact has been immense. We often take forgranted the pioneers of our time, but let us not forget, “Remembering that you’re going to die is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” RIP- Steve
    Posted from my IPhone :)

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  2. Ok, a bit late as a response, but I like my news late (It should mature like meat, for at least 21 days before consumption – gives the sensationalism time to fall off). I totally agree with you about the debt we owe Steve Jobs, and how to repay it – I’ve used Apple for as long as I’ve used computers. And I think he’s directly responsible (in an indirect way….) for what I’m working on now. In a koan-like way. He kind of works on the mind over time – issues of life, death, perfection, ambition etc. But it’s actually your comment about being inspired to learn about things for which you had no teachers that resonated with me. I think that sums up why I’m spending every waking moment negotiating with developers and funders – too many kids grow up thinking they can only learn what they are taught. Unfortunately, they don’t realise how that limits them to the knowledge of their immediate educators, network or culture. My Mission: I GOTTA change that!
    Thanks.
    Deirdre

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