A Lasting Inspiration
7, 2011. Steve
Jobs, you were an inspiration to me from the first
time I saw your Macintosh. What a break with the other
computers that surrounded it in the shop! All displaying
glowing text on a black background - hard on the eyes;
yours was the inverse, black text on a white background.
Like a printed page. Easy on the eyes. How upside-down
and inside-out the creation of this machine must have
required its creators to think. In almost every way
was it like a flying saucer landed amidst soap box
cars. And yet - how obvious it was in its simplicity
- like a Beatles' song. To pull something like that
off takes immensely clear insight - the ability to
see that accessibility and familiarity can trump a
host of hypothetical possibilities. That - and the
emotional and persuasive energy to get the engineers
who created it to invert their ideas and unlearn most
of what they knew to be true.
Since that day in 1985, the Mac, and virtually everything
else you did in your career, has been proof to me that
going against the tradition, that turning things upside
down, is - well - not only possible, but quite possibly
a path to greatness. That - and that technology should
be infused with beauty and quality at every level.
I miss you.