Remembering a Visionary

By Jennifer Janviere

Steve Jobs photo

Photo of Steve Jobs (source: Apple.com website)

Like many other people around the world, I was saddened by last week’s news of the death of Apple founder and leader Steve Jobs. Jobs left a legacy of innovation that inspired both artists and technophiles alike.

As the head of Apple, Jobs helped streamline technology in a way that integrated it into every part of everyday life. The company created not only innovative products but revolutionary business models for consuming media that changed the nature of how we buy music, watch movies and even communicate. Apple computers, tablets, phones and MP3 players are a staple of not just designers and artists but many students, educators and households as well.

As a designer, I can speak from my own experience when I say that the products Job helped mastermind play such a large role in my everyday life that it’s occasionally hard to remember a time before these devices existed. Since the time I bought my first computer in college (one of the bulbous original iMacs) Apple products have been a large part of my career as a designer and an educator, something that I reflect on as I type this post on an iMac twelve years later.

Jobs’ story is not just one of success, but is also a reminder of perseverance in the face of failure. Most people know of the very public firing from Apple in the mid 1980s, a blow that would be enough to end many people’s ambitions. Yet Jobs forged ahead to launch Pixar and eventually returned to lead the company that he founded into its most innovative and productive years. Even after his cancer diagnosis Jobs continued to lead the company and launched some of its most successful products ever, finally stepping down only weeks before his death.

It is a rare visionary whose ideas can touch the lives of countless people worldwide, and Steve Jobs was just such a person. I believe that in many ways, the world is forever changed for the better because of his ideas, products and the never ending quest for the next big idea.

Watch Steve Jobs’ commencement address to Stanford University, in which he offers humor, advice and inspiration to the new graduates.

Jennifer Janviere is an instructor and multimedia specialist for the Diederich College of Communication.

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