RIP Steve Jobs
I legitimately teared up tonight when I read about the death of Steve Jobs (fittingly, on my iPhone... and am blogging about it on my Macbook Pro). I've never felt this strongly about the death of someone I'd never met, spoken to, or been in the presence of. Ever. But Steve..."Uncle Steve"... was truly a visionary.
I became an Apple fangirl in 02, worked there in 08, and have been enamored with and in awe of their products, innovation, and, well, dogma ever since. Apple, with Steve at its helm, was a pioneer in advertising: their 1984-style commercial, the original iPod dance commercials, the I'm a Mac commercials, and their gorgeous, distinguished, and completely unique branding. Their products are incredible... Apple is a tech company, after all. Steve became an icon just as recognizable as the Apple logo. As Apple's driving force, Steve introduced the world to the immediately-ubiquitous white earbuds, sleekly designed products that functioned just as great as they looked, and a company who truly strives to make customer interactions positive and create brand evangelists through those interactions.
As the "Tao of Steve" article on Gigaom says, Mac, iPod and iPhone — they are like Silicon Valley’s Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker and E.T. — magical, memorable and life-changing.
Truly, memorable, magical, and life-changing indeed. Who would have imagined, 10, even 5 years ago, how far Apple technology would come? And how far Apple's advances would push the rest of the tech community?
Here are some of the tributes to Steve's contributions to the world... cut tragically short.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
[Y]ou can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
-Steve Jobs 1955-2011