Wow… Sad news yesterday. Steve Jobs, the primary innovative force at Apple computer, died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. This guy invented the Ipod, Ipad, Iphone, the Macintosh (imac/OSX) graphical interface, and Pixar, the makers of Toy Story and other computer animated films. I’m not an apple fanboy, but I love my apple products like many of you do. No matter how you feel about apple, and even Steve Jobs himself… there’s no way anyone can say that he wasn’t supremely influential in the last couple decades in the way we interact with, produce, and consume media and digital art.

I personally started my computer passion on an apple II in the late 70’s and really got into computers when my dad picked up a mac plus in 1986. Spent many years as a fanboy (and at the time I believe there were good reasons to be a fan) and have always loved apple’s design- both in the machines, the interface, and the marketing. Apple really changed the world under Steve Jobs’ watch. Before Steve Jobs and the macintosh operating system… there were no icons on your computer screen! No clicking!! You had to type commands into a black screen. Thank you, Steve, for realizing how important the user interface with our devices is!

Blocked at school… but If you’re interested at home… check out this video of Steve talking about “How to live before you Die.

Please write a short journal entry about Steve Jobs or how your ipad/iphone/mac/ipod has made life a little more enjoyable in your online blog. If you don’t have any of these devices… talk about how these devices (and the way we work with computers) have changed the world you live in! Remember- before Steve Jobs… computers did not have graphical interfaces with a mouse! Now even a baby can play with an ipad! (2xp)

The image today is not student work. It’s an amazing Typographic logo by Dylan Roscover. Please drop by his Deviant Art page (blocked at school). His typographic portrait is without doubt, the best I’ve ever seen.

I encourage you to comment here on today’s blog with a link to your favorite Steve Jobs tribute when you stumble on one, or just your own tribute.