Today the world lost the most creative and respected innovator.
My prayers are with you...
The Macintosh I got in 1985 is the reason I'm an UX designer today. A big light in the world has just gone dim. Steve Jobs will be missed.
I feel something similar, Laura. The first 'PC' I had any real exposure to was a Mac in 1984. I was a film and video person with little computing background (one intro to programming class, in Pascal). The Mac made perfect sense to me -- moving pictures of documents and folders around on a desktop, drawing things, painting things. When I later saw what most computers were used for, and what their UIs were like (this is the mid-1980s), I was dumbstruck. Text and numbers on black or green backgrounds, arcane text commands, etc.
I started working in IT not much later and pushed every project I worked on (even terminal-based applications for beverage manufacturing and the like) in the direction of the "right" paradigm -- what I learned about what computing could and should be, from the Mac. Even today, when we've moved from the Iron Age to the Iphone Age, I still find myself thinking about UIs with the 1984 Mac OS as my reference point.
Indeed, he was a great proponent of UX design. Few tech companies can be so design-centric. And Apple is design-centric because Steve Jobs cared deeply for it.
Thank you Steve for every time I heard from a client, "I want our app to be just like <put apple product name here>".
@Dave I wonder was that sarcasm or for real? Couldn't tell, because I've heard many people complain about such requests.
@Ajalota, fully agree
I wonder if anyone has seen Pirates of Silicon Valley? Very interesting. No doubt some artistic license there, but interesting nonetheless.