Remembering Steve.

This beautiful montage put together by Apple and featured on their homepage.

The moment I learned of his passing is still vivid in my memory, as are those initial thoughts. This was the first time I experienced the loss of someone I did not know in a very personal and real manner.

Technology is a much bigger story than many are capable of telling. To those obsessed with possibility, and what can be - this man was a hero.

To watch a normal, imperfect man, try to reach perfection - fail repeatedly, succeed spectacularly, tell a story and make that small dent was inspiring.

One year already.

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Jobs can be forgiven for never getting very specific about what he meant by marrying technology to the humanities. It’s by definition a subject that’s hard to pin down, though not especially hard to understand.

Basically he was saying that Apple’s products have soul and that people are attracted to those products because they can feel that soul, both consciously and unconsciously.

These are things the Romantics thought about a lot.

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Steve Jobs, Romantic.

What it means to marry technology and the humanities.

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Steve Jobs // FDR

Check out this video that recently surfaced video of the late Steve Jobs portraying FDR. Apple made the in-house film for its international sales team in 1984.

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Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.

That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.

Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem.

The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.

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Steve Jobs in his own words

A great post on Brain Pickings.

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