In the days after Steve Jobs’ death, friends and colleagues have, in customary fashion, been sharing their fondest memories of the Apple co-founder. He’s been hailed as “a genius” and “the greatest CEO of his generation” by pundits and tech journalists. But a great man’s reputation can withstand a full accounting. And, truth be told, Jobs could be terrible to people, and his impact on the world was not uniformly positive.
We mentioned much of the good Jobs did during his career earlier. His accomplishments were far-reaching and impossible to easily summarize. But here’s one way of looking at the scope of his achievement: It’s the dream of any entrepreneur to effect change in one industry. Jobs transformed half a dozen of them forever, from personal computers to phones to animation to music to publishing to video games. He was a polymath, a skilled motivator, a decisive judge, a farsighted tastemaker, an excellent showman, and a gifted strategist.
Stephen Jenvey, as per my style I am listening to waves crash to some
[thesaurus: words for beautiful sounds; retrieve:images, music; sort: color, timbre; todo:look for a better word here. i’m trying to capture how magical it is to be able to think freely and design the future because you can see clearly, now the rain is gone.]
does that designer language speak to your interface?
I’ll tell you what, I’m proud when someone calls me crazy! They remind me that I can change the world. They honor me by putting me among the crazy people I admire most… Jim Henson & Kermit the Frog (it’s not easy being green!), Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Miles Davis, Alfred Hitchcock, Gandhi, Pablo Picasso, Ansel Adams, Frank Lloyd Wright, and yes, even Richard Branson and Seinfeld.
Here’s to the crazy ones…
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Yes, I’m crazy. I was raised that way… I blame my mother, and Jim Henson. Momma taught me to think different—and man, oh man, is my momma crazy! Jim Henson stepped in where my daddy would have been—he taught me different is good. Daddy would be proud.