The whole world is mourning the loss of Steve Jobs today. He was a visionary of the digital age, in fact, he pretty much defined it, and then redefined it, and then redefined it again.
I typed this post and sent it out to you from a MacBook. My coworkers are working from theirs too, while texting, tweeting, and instagram-ing from their iphones. I hardly go a day, let alone a few hours, without interacting with one or all of my Apple products. They have become the most prized and indispensable tools in our lives. Remember life before the ipod? I hardly do.
As fashion bloggers, we're a community that has grown from the roots that Steve Jobs planted. Without his innovation and vision, we'd hardly be the modern mix of tech-and-style-savvy individuals we are today. In honor of his passing yesterday at the age of 56, IFB recognizes lessons and ideas we can all take from the wondrous career of Steve Jobs.
10 Things Fashion Bloggers Learned From Steve Jobs
1. The physical objects that Apple produced – most especially the personal computer, the iphone and the ipad – enabled and revolutionized self-publishing. These tools make it simple and enjoyable to create and share our visions with a community.
2. Mr. Jobs created something out of nothing. He built an empire from the ground up, and against the odds he changed everything.
3. He took a very non-traditional path to success. From dropping out of college to naming his company after a fruit when everyone else was stuck on model numbers and tech-speak – he did things his own way.
4. Not everything worked for Steve Jobs the first time around. His first Machintosh personal computer models were consumer failures. He left Apple for a period of 12 years after disagreements and a falling-out with another executive. He also threw out two iphone models before settling on a final (first) version in 2007.
5. Apple changed the way we connect with people. Features and applications on the iphone forever changed how creatively and quickly we can talk, share, text, chat, tweet…
6. His vision came before his fortune. Steve Jobs didn't begin his career with intentions to be a billionaire, he wanted to change the world with his take on technology. His increasing fortune allowed him to continue to evolve and grow his companies and investments.
7. When Mr. Jobs returned to Apple in 2000, he ended their feud with Microsoft, which allowed for the continued use of the Office software on Apple computers. He knew the importance of having mutually advantageous alliances, even among competing peers.
8. From his commencement speech at Stanford in 2005: “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else’s life.”
9. To paraphrase The New York Times, “He put stock in the notion of taste.” He took complex, innovative technology and made it elegant, simple and incredibly functional.
10. There's just nothing as chic as an Apple product in the sphere of technology. From the smoothest lines to the most gorgeous user interface, Mr. Jobs understood the importance of marrying beauty and function.
Thank you Steve Jobs, for your invaluable contributions to our world, and to the fashion blogging community.
[Photo by Nando Alvarez]