As I heard the news about Steve Job’s passing last night, my heart hurt a bit. Here was the man whose innovation and creative passion changed my life and the world around me. Whose vision and drive was to make simple the most complex things we humans do. Whose life sought meaning in experiences that weren’t the norm, but rather what his soul craved. Here’s to the man who wasn’t afraid of life, of failure and ultimately of death. He was and will continue to be an inspiration.
An article in a 1996 article in Wired, Jobs spoke about creativity and life experiences. In essence, Steve Jobs’ life experiences helped shaped all of ours.
“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.”
So today, as our team is creating and developing as they do everyday, I pause a minute to celebrate his incredible contribution to our discipline. Today, every keystroke on our Macs, each touch on our iPads and every conversation on our iPhones will have just a little more meaning.