Steve Jobs typographical portrait by Dylan Roscover

Steve Jobs typographical portrait by Dylan Roscover
In his wonderful typographical (and topographical) portrait of Steven Paul Jobs, designer and artist Dylan Roscover defined Jobs’ face and hand in words taken from the “Here’s to the crazy ones…” Apple ads, in typefaces associated with Apple graphic design.

The ads, part of Apple’s famous “Think Different” campaign created by the Los Angeles offices of the TBWA/Chiat/Day agency in 1997, seem particularly appropriate in their description of the dreamers, misfits and rebels who changed the world because they were crazy enough to think they could; that they could make or do things that were, in Jobs’ words, “Insanely Great”.

Here is a link to a version not aired at the time, narrated by Jobs (via Daring Fireball).

In addition to the current landscape of human/tecnology interaction and the redefinition of how business should use and value design (and do business in general), not to mention the nascent revolution in publishing, personal computing and media communication that is known as the iPad, Jobs left us with a number of thought provoking quotes.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
— Steve Jobs

[Addendum: A personal note: Steve Jobs’ life was extended because he received a liver transplant. Willam Saletan has written an excellent short article for Slate magazine titled: Help the Next Steve Jobs, If you want to honor Steve Jobs, do what somebody did for him: donate your organs.

If you’re confused or have questions about organ donation, get the answers. Every signed donor card changes the numbers — makes the odds better that someone, maybe you or someone you care about, will get a second chance at life.

I call this a personal note because I’m here writing Lines and Colors today by virtue of someone’s similar thoughtfulness and generosity. I was fortunate to receive a kidney transplant almost 20 years ago. Here is an educational interactive for which I did illustration and animation on Gift of a Lifetime (click on “Understanding Donation”).
— Charley]


8 Replies to “Steve Jobs typographical portrait by Dylan Roscover”

  1. I agree with Steve’s 2005 commencement address… ‘nobody wants to die to go to Heaven’… I always loved the fact that my first Apple Mac came with “Human Interface Guidelines” and that I could always get on an Apple product and use it with very little thought about programing, etc. it was always an intuitve tool to me. I also loved what he did with Pixar… he helped creative people thrive. I think Steve left the world a bit better then it was before his time. The sign of a good life. ~mike

  2. Copy all that, on the addendum…

    Without organ donation we might not have i’s, pads, pods, apples lines or colors.

    Learning simple CPR is another way to extend someone else’s life since you can’t give CPR to yourself. Check your local college or hospital.

  3. A fitting tribute, Charlie. I think that for your arts audience, an important message would be that without Steve Jobs, there would be no Pixar. He is the white knight who rode in when Pixar had come to the end of the road as a small in house shop for George Lucas (who saw no future in it). Jobs invested his own money to buy it and transform it into the most economically successful animation studio in history (it has had a longer string of hits than Disney). He had the patience and curiosity to nurture it through early, crude CGI because he saw the potential. Finally Toy Story I hit, and they were off and running. It was Jobs’ vision and patience that was responsible for the Pixar revolution in CG!. There’s some mighty fine art there.

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