Yes, I had to break the blogging silence* to pay respect to Steve Jobs today. My life has been profoundly changed by everything he has created- my design career would be so different without my computer, ipad, etc.
My brother emailed me a quote from a wired interview with Steve Jobs from a few years back. (found via Wall Street Journal Blog) It is one of the most lovely quotes on design I have heard- and I thought it fitting to post today.
“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.
“Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”
Thank you Steve Jobs for the great life you lived!
*in other news, I am about to launch a bunch of new decelopments which will greatly explain the blogging absence.