Steve Jobs, thank you for all that you’ve accomplished. I’m proud to say that my very first computer was an Apple IIe. I bought a Mac in my first year in college—as did so many of us in the dorms. And I’ll forever be a Mac lover. I can’t think of anyone who has innovated more in our time than you.
Here’s what Steve Jobs had to say about design.
“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.”
He totally got it right. Who cares how good you look if you don’t feel good? I have a pair of high heeled Christian Louboutins that are so painful, I can barely walk in them for more than 20 minutes. Flushing money down the toilet.
I’ve come to realize that I can no longer buy clothes and have them altered. Seamstresses have measured me, pinned, and always gotten it wrong. I’ve brought clothes back. I’ve tried different people. They all croak, “Aye, you’re too skinny. I bring the top in, see? I added elastic, see?”
“It falls right off of me. You measured me right? Can’t you get it right?”
It’s got to fit like a glove. It’s got to feel good. It’s got to be like opening up a new iPad or MacBook Air. So pretty with solid functionality to boot. Thank you, Apple!