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.