Epochmaker. Trailblazer. Troublemaker. Genius. Visionary. Thinker. Inspiration. A circular peg in a square hole. I don’t think I am capable of writing a tribute to Steve Jobs, who passed away at the age of 56 on Oct 5th 2011.
My first encounter with Apple was as a young graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My RA proudly announced- we are an Apple college – no PCs here. She saw the look of horror on my face and said don’t worry they are extremely intuitive to use. You will figure it out. My other surprise was to find out that the Architecture Interior Architecture Designed Object program (AIADO) did not use AutoCAD becuase it was not Mac friendly. The Chair of AIADO said to me- who wants to get stuck drawing straight lines. These were the underlying philosophies that helped me shape into the designer that I am and my attitude to the world. I worked 40 hours a week with 12 credit hours of course work for three semesters to save up and buy my first Powerbook. It was my pride and joy- my graduate thesis coursework, my first job, my first portfolio, my first lesson plan as a college professor, and many firsts were done on this then fantastic machine. My powerbook was fast, easy, light, looked cool, allowed me to explore the world at my fingertips. I’ve been an Apple user since- Ipods, Iphones,Macbook pro and coming soon an Ipad. I am an icollector. Every city I visit around the globe I make a customary trip to the Apple store and am always inspired. The interiors are a reflection of the beautifully designed technologically crafted products. True genius in every sense.
Steve Jobs and Apple made technology sexy.
I want to share with you some of the older Apple ads before Apple became a household name.These ads were made around the time Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997.
Another super ad- this PC vs. Mac series is brilliant.- I am Steve Jobs.
Another HILARIOUS ad- Get a Mac please!
And then this awesome ad for Itunes in collaboration with Coldplay in May 2008 releasing Viva la Vida to the world.
And finally on Monday night- Oct 4th, I watched with excitement the new ad for the Iphone 4s. Another promise of great technology at your fingertips in your pockets.
Apple is a company whose foundation lies in the spirit of this man. I salute you Steve Jobs. Here is the famous commencement speech that he gave at Stanford in 2005. In my lowest days, I listen intently to this speech as he encouraged the young graduates to defy rules, find what they love and to do it to their best ability, to make mistakes, to take risks, to be creative and mostly to ‘stay hungry, stay foolish’. In his own words:
’Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent; it clears out the old to make way for the new.’
Goodnight and goodbye Steve Jobs. May your legacy remain and flourish.