Steve Jobs has died. I learned about his passing via the internet on my iPhone. The significance of that didn’t register with me until I read President Obama’s words: ‘[T]here may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.’
On the face of it I feel a bit silly for mourning the loss of a businessman I never met. I mean, would I have mourned the passing of Edison or Carnegie? Many figures have had great, if not greater, impact on the world than Steve Jobs.
But Steve didn’t just change his world. He, through his vision and products, changed the way we all look at our world. He touched our hearts by showing us what is possible—anything and everything.
Steve Jobs told us it was ok to Think Different. That’s where progress is. That’s were fun is.
I look around my house as I write this and it is full of the results of Steve’s vision and dedication. Mac Mini, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV. There all here. And that isn’t so much an indication of dogmatic fanboy-ism as it is the fact that Steve gave us products that we enjoy. Products that we love to use.
Take a look at the Apple.com site this morning:
Notice not only what is not there—all the stuff at the bottom of the page. Notice what is there. The powerful photo of the thinking Steve. And above him: His legacy. Those things he created for us. Apple itself. The Apple Store. The Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, and iTunes. Every single one of those things changed the world in some way. But they are still above him. Because as important as Steve was to all of us who loved and used his products, what was important to Steve was executing the vision. Doing the work. Making something beautiful, and well-designed, and useful. I think this is exactly the image of Steve that he would be most proud of.
While we will be sad to live in a world without Steve Jobs, we can celebrate the fact that we got to live in a world with Steve Jobs. A world changed by Steve.
Please take the time to read the words of some other admirers of Steve Jobs:
From Andy Ihnatko, Steve Jobs
From Marco Arment, Steve Jobs: 1955–2011
From John Gruber, Universe Dented, Grass Underfoot