Friday 5th October 2012 marked the 1-year anniversary of the passing of Steve Jobs, the maverick co-founder of Apple. If you’re reading this on an iMac, Macbook, iPhone or iPad then it is at least in part thanks to the pioneering work of Jobs. He is widely regarded to be one of the great visionaries of our generation, navigating computing and consumer electronics from the embryonic days of the 1970s to where we find ourselves today. He has become a household name, one almost as recognisable as the everyday products that he helped birth. Apple have released a short video tribute to Jobs which you can view here.
Steve Jobs was a visionary who acted as a a prophetic voice for the technology sector. Although he remained a controversial figure for much of his life, nobody is questioning the legacy that he has left behind. In a tribute to Jobs current Apple CEO Tim Cook emphasised that “no company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself”. In an interview with the New York Times in 2003 Jobs himself was quoted as saying that “Design is not just what it looks like. Design is how it works.” This emphasis has revolutionised not only computing but website design, graphic design, social media and a whole host of technological sectors that we encounter on a daily basis. That many of Jobs’ greatest achievements came whilst battling serious illness only serves to show him in an even more commendable light.
Economists had predicted that Jobs’ death would mark the end of Apple’s dominant era, but this fascinating infogram produced by the Telegraph shows that this has not been the case. Share prices have increased by 76% in the last 12 months, suggesting that Jobs’ legacy continues to be as strong as ever. Despite huge growth reported by both Samsung and Google over the last year, Apple remain the dominant force not only in the technology market but in global business. With the arrival of the iPhone 5 and rumours about the imminent introduction of a smaller iPad to rival Amazon’s Kindle Fire the company appear to be firing on all cylinders.
As a web design agency we are thankful for Steve Jobs, his creativity and the way in which he constantly sought to push boundaries. We hope that Jobs will be remembered not only for the outstanding products that he helped develop but for the relentless pursuit of excellence and improvement that characterised everything that he did.