Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs: Innovative Thinker and Dreamer

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of innovative thinker-a true genius who understood what we wanted even before we did. Steve Jobs.

He helped create the Macintosh computer that revolutionized graphic design and the world. He reinvented the portable music player with the iPod, and introduced a way to legally sell music online with iTunes. The iPhone changed the way we use cell phones and the iPad was a breakthrough that gave breath to the electronic tablet market. At one point in his life he quit school but enrolled in one course at Reed College to study calligraphy. “If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.” Jobs said.

For many years a popular discussion question in our Travel by Design and Portfolio Preparation course featured his commencement speech at Stanford and if you've never heard it or want to get inspired all over again click here. Thinking back to our first lab in 1988 when students would stand patiently in line to use our cherished 6 Mac SE computers it makes sense that even the skies of San Diego are filled with tears tonight.