Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs' Legacy

Wow... I don't know what to say. I'm kind of in shock. I just found out that Steve Jobs died today. I've only been a Mac for a few years now, but his legacy has still meant so much to me. It blew my mind when I first realized that there was a company out there that actually thought computers and MP3 players could be a work of art. Music to my ears! After years of wrestling with PCs, I finally discovered Apple and, well, the rest is history.

The Mac's beautiful elegance made me wonder why I hadn't switched sooner. Design, music, photography... it all works better on a Mac. More seamlessly. More intuitively. The machine gets out of the way so a person's creative process can happen. I have Steve Jobs to thank for this.

His story is kind of crazy when you think about it. He was a college dropout who started a computer company in his garage. Now this company could probably pay off the national debt with their petty cash. And he accomplished all of this while still keeping design and aesthetics at the forefront!

Yes, Macs and iPods are power-horses when it comes to getting a job done, but they're also pretty! Functionality doesn't demand that something is ugly and I'm glad that Steve Jobs understood that. It gives me hope that I can design something beautiful and yet still functional as well. I might not be destined to change the world, but my future life as a designer will forever be influenced by Steve Job's legacy and the beautiful machines of his that I'll use to work my design magic. His creative and demanding genius will certainly be missed.

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