With the passing of Steve Jobs on Wednesday, we as an industry have lost an innovator. Steve Jobs had a vision for what people wanted and that made him unique. But did he know how much his vision for an affordable, easy-to-use computer would affect the printing world?
The introduction of the Macintosh started a revolution for our industry. A computer that was designed for graphics, postscript fonts, laser writers and a development platform for three small companies Adobe, Aldus and Quark. A day doesn’t go by that we in the printing industry don’t touch a Steve Jobs inspired device or medium. If we aren’t working on our Macs, we are listening to music on our iPods, or designing content for the iPad. We all owe Steve and Apple a great deal of thanks. His vision and enthusiasm for the future will be missed.
Hopefully the people at Apple will continue to innovate and bring us the things we don’t even know we need yet. And we will carry on, working-on and developing-for the devices he had the passion to create.
To quote a 1990’s Apple campaign:
“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… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but 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 ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Thanks Steve, for helping all of us “Think Diffferent”.