what else can I say? Thank you Steve Jobs

October 6, 2011 |  Category:   life remembering

It goes without saying that not a day goes by that I don’t have some kind of Apple product in my hand. I spend more time with my computer than probably anything else in my life. Steve Jobs and Apple have impacted my life in ways I can’t even fully comprehend – the way I work and create, the way I capture my children on video and in photos, the way I communicate and share, and most notably in my 16 year career as a designer.

I’m part of a generation who didn’t grow up with computers. Other than those early gaming consoles like Atari and ColecoVisions, we didn’t have a computer when I was a kid. I remember somewhere along the way I took a “computer graphics” class in high school creating primitive, clunky line drawings and programming very simple commands, but it was still a novelty back then. Even at Cooper Union, I typed all my papers on a typewriter and we learned 2-D design (that’s what they called it back then!) the old school way, with markers and vellum paper. It wasn’t until I transferred to Evergreen and started sequencing music in electronic music class that I would use a computer. I was 21 at the time. And ironically, it wasn’t until I met Mark, who had one of those early Macs, that I would use an Apple computer.

It was during our years in Portland, from 94-96, that the computer would have any real significance in my life. For a year I would shut myself in Mark’s room for an hour a few nights a week to learn Photoshop and Illustrator on his old Mac. The screen was so small. There was a lot of squinting. And then when I moved back to NY in 1996, I bought my first Apple computer, a Power Mac 7600.

I guess Apple and me have been inseparable since then, particularly during and after grad school at NYU. And it was always Apple, nothing else. I grew up witnessing the impact of personal computers on our lives. I knew what it was like before, and I can’t even imagine what our lives would be like without.

But beyond the products, Steve Jobs was an inspiration. A man who believed in form and function and good design. A man who gave us a choice of *fonts* on the computer (!) and made the computer so insanely intuitive to use for the first time. A man who introduced us to things that we didn’t even know we wanted and can’t even imagine life without once we had it in our hands. What I keep thinking about right now is not so much what he’s given us already, but what he could have given us in the next 10, 20+ years.

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

“Have the courage to follow your heart & intuition. They already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

Thank you Steve.

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  • Kimberly October 6, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I’m so thankful for Apple. Without it, I wouldn’t have the life I do with my kids & my career. thank you Steve Jobs!

  • Ashlae October 6, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I am so happy you wrote about this. And I completely agree, in the news of his death, all I could think about was how much more he had to give. I found myself crying at that very thought. It was hard to stomach the fact that the creative genius behind the company that changed the way we communicate is.. gone. So unbelievably sad.

  • dolittledesign October 6, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Thank you, Steve Jobs.

  • Kiana October 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Such a sweet post, Jenna. I don’t own a single Apple product, but even I was shocked and saddened to hear of Steve Job’s death. As you said, it’s hard to imagine that someone could disappear from the world just when their work and influence is so relevant to the world still.

  • smama October 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    “stay hungry. stay foolish.”

    rip. steve jobs.

  • Carolyn October 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Great post, Jenna. Whether you are an Apple or PC enthusiast, you can’t deny his innovation and his vision. It changed how the world met technology, embraced it, and now can’t live without it. He really paved a new path for those in the creative industry, too. He was like the Thomas Edison of our generation!

  • Rowaida Flayhan October 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Love your post Jenna. It was so sad RIP Steve Jobs

  • diamondkelt October 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I loved this one too from his Standford speech also:
    When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

    I mean, how many of us want to change and how many of us have the will to change?

  • Alicia October 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I really like the tone of this post! Sometimes I read blog entries about deceased public figures and dislike the way the author spins it. This was a good read.

    I REALLY appreciated the quotes at the end, they are extremely meaningful, especially for me right now, I’m going to try to take them to heart!

  • Vanessa October 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I was actually really surprised at how saddened I was by his passing. I don’t think it hit me until then just how much I admire him and what an impact he has had. It’s so sad to lose such talent…

  • Natalie October 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    My favorite post I’ve read on Steve Jobs’ passing. Thanks for always speaking in such a sensitive, honest, insightful way.

  • ana October 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Jenna, I love your writing. I read many things writen about Steve Jobs today, but you know how to say things in such a beautiful, simple way.

    I think you should write a book one day:)

    oh, and I love your pictures too

    rip Steve

  • Joy October 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Love how Mark brought Steve to you in a way. My first computer was a Mac (granted I was five when I got my first computer and it was 1998 and pretty late in the game compared to many) and I adore all things well designed so naturally I’ve come to REALLY appreciate Jobs’ attention to detail. RIP, he’s changed my life.

  • Seema October 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Wonderful post, your feelings are mirrored the world over – thank you for sharing

  • Jane October 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I agree with an earlier comment, I didn’t think I’d be as saddened by his passing as I was. I’m not a Mac user or a computer person, but he just seemed so genuine, a real person who experienced his own ups and downs in business and in life, but who never gave up on his dreams and his vision.

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag October 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I think we’re about the same age Jenna, and yeah, I grew up with zero computer-ness in my life. I’m not a techie by any means, although my computer programmer husband is. But I’ve had this vague sense of, since I heard the news, what’s going to happen NOW? It just seems so strange that this computer visionary is just gone. I wonder what/who will fill the void. Or who will create a new path.

  • Diane October 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Jenna – Thank you for this beautiful tribute.

  • Meghann @ Fuzzy.Little.Wishballs October 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Great post and so true.
    I’m actuall going to school to be a designer right now. In my design class, we actually do still use a little bit of that stuff. Sharpie markers, construction paper….foam board and whatever else we can get our hands on.

  • Jasmine October 7, 2011 at 2:22 am


    Such a beautiful post. I was so upset to hear of his death. My niece was born in Virginia with my parents in Malaysia listening via Skype on my iPhone. Apple has made me feel closer to the people who are far away, and for that, I will always be thankful.

  • janet October 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Jenna, you seem have an ability to make me pause for for a few moments each day and think about a part of my life-parenting, marriage, work, myself, in a much more meaningful way. Thank you.

  • Sands October 9, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Yes, to all of that. I wish though he’d examined more closely the horribly inhuman conditions in which his beloved Apple products were built and followed his humane intuition to fix and alleviate those. On many days I am embarrassed to own an apple product.

  • brooke field October 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    i love the garland above your bed.