Honoring Steve Jobs – An Innovator, Entrepreneur, a “Modern-day Thomas Edison”

The impact of Steve Jobs’ influence in technology, design, and culture as a whole, has been likened to that of Thomas Edison. As co-founder/chairman/CEO of Apple, and co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, Jobs was a pivotal, ground-breaking entrepreneur and visionary.

We honor Jobs’ creativity and dedication to excellence, which has influenced the graphic design and digital media communities in countless and invaluable ways.

After hearing the news of his death, the design community has expressed an outpouring of praise for Jobs’ life and accomplishments. Check out some of our favorites below:

Steve Jobs with Pixar CEOs

(Above) Pixar Animation Studios website home page with Steve Jobs (center) with Pixar CEO, John Lasseter, and Pixar President, Ed Catmull.

“Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply ‘make it great.’ He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time.” – John Lasseter and Ed Catmull, Pixar Animation Studios.


(Above) Apple's website home page image honoring Steve Jobs.

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”


(Above) Steve Jobs allegedly would write personalized letters to random Apple, Inc. computer fans with a signed computer chip enclosed.

Steve Jobs tribute graphic by The Dieline.

(Above) Tribute graphic by The Dieline in honor of Steve Jobs.

Videos featuring Steve Jobs:

Watch the documentary above learn more Jobs’ amazing life and accomplishments. Originally aired on Bloomberg in 2010, the video is 48 minutes and features interviews with people who worked closely with him.

If you haven’t already watched Jobs’ commencement address for Stanford University’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005, check it out in the video above. He shares some of the pivotal moments in his life, including his choice to drop out of college, and his journey after being fired from Apple at age 30.

Steve Jobs on typography and design, and the impact that his college calligraphy course had on the Mac computer:

“I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great,” he says. “None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography.”

Steve Jobs on choosing the right career path:

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love,” he says. “And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

Steve Jobs on living life:

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” – Steve Jobs

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Author: Mani

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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