As the reflections, eulogies, and prayers pour in paying tribute to Steve Jobs, I’m remembering something he said in describing a bit of Apple’s magic:
“Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that makes our hearts sing.
His life was extraordinary. I could spend pages in tribute to him, but others are saying what I could say, only better, with far more intimacy. So I’ll stick with two thoughts.
I’ll be forever grateful to Steve Jobs for being enamored with beauty, for making the beautiful present to us in the devices that have come to symbolize the digital age. We’re rarely presented with that gift outside the (often cold) wonders of the natural world.
As a corollary, appreciation for his insight that the aesthetic should be such that the device simply “fades away” when engaging with it. The implicit rule that the circuit-to-glass power remains naturally secondary to the value of the content being consumed and created.