Celebrate Steve Jobs and his contributions

Life is easier, more fun and all around better because of his vision and drive.

Can you believe it? Steve Jobs has 313 patents under his name covering everything from packaging to user interfaces.

I remember the first Mac I purchased – a Mac IICX in 1989. It was nested in packaging that walked you through the experience of becoming a Mac owner, starting with a box that read, “Open me first”. An incredible user experience from opening the box to starting up and running the MAC OS for the first time. With its rainbow colored Apple logo, it embraced me and has held my heart (and livelihood) ever since. Today, when you purchase a Mac, there are barely any instructions at all. The assumption is that you’ll be able to tear open the box and immediately start playing, which is absolutely the case.

Once features and speed in computers was commoditized so it was no longer important how fast a computer was, the issue of usability and integration came to the forefront as a differentiator. And people finally understood what it’s like to work on a Mac.

As a testament to Apple product intuitiveness and positive user experience, visit the the Apple store and watch 3-year-olds (and 60-year olds) play on iPads. Good human interface and intuitiveness, that’s what we are talking about.

It is absolutely incredible how the iPad and iPhone interact with the Mac desktop. A testament to Jobs visionary talent of being able to look at a product from the eyes of a user.

Apple designers say that their designs have to be presented with a mock-up of how that design might evolve in the second or third generation.

David Pogue so poignantly writes: “Even when Microsoft or Google or Hewlett-Packard tried to mimic Apple’s every move, run its designs through the corporate copying machine, they never succeeded. And that’s because they never had such a single, razor-focused, deeply opinionated, micromanaging, uncompromising, charismatic, persuasive, mind-blowingly visionary leader.”

Thank you, Steve Jobs, for all the wonderful life-enriching experiences you and Apple have opened for all of us – a testament to your legend.

Steve Jobs quotes can be found everywhere right now. But in this moment, this one resonates the most with me.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs, Stanford University commencement address, 1995.