October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs…wow, where to begin?  I don’t think I can do him justice with my little blog.  What I can do is pay respects to a great visionary that not only changed a lot of people’s lives through the products he helped design but also influenced me as an engineer.  Steve Jobs was one of those few visionaries that saw things beyond the box, not just outside of it.  There is a reason why many companies to this day are still playing catch up to the various products he helped design.  He understood that it wasn’t just about making things look pretty and that it wasn’t just about putting the biggest engine in to make it go vrooom.  He understood that it took both ideas working in unison.  That synergy creates a product that is powerful and is still easy to use.  In order for consumer technology to move forward, it should be able to be used by everyone, not just the Nerds.  This is a concept he understood and applied to everything he worked on.  Simplicity and efficiency is key.  Thank you Steve Jobs for inspiring me to not just be a lemming designer working within the boring box and instead to push the boundaries in engineering/design and always look ahead of the curve, not just follow it.  Thank you for making me into an Imagineer, not just an Engineer.  Rest in Peace.

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