Steve Jobs, a designer at heart

Steve JobsWe at WDD are deeply saddened by Steve Jobs’ passing… And while the Internet is buzzing with people’s heartfelt emotions about his life’s impact and legacy, we’d also like to pay tribute with this modest homage.

A designer at heart, design was at the core of Steve’s life and that translated to revolutionary and yes we can also say ‘magical’ products. But he says it better: “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

And we can only imagine how many lives have been influenced by his vision and how deep he reached into all the corners of the world…

In this post, we’ve collected some rare photos of Steve as well as some famous quotes that depict his visions and personality.

Comments are open for you to share how he impacted your career as a designer and as a person, we sure know that he has deeply influenced us! What did you learn from him and how has his legacy impacted you? Where will YOU take his legacy next? Please share your candid thoughts below…

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

“In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains and the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.”

“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.”

“We’ve gone through the operating system and looked at everything and asked how can we simplify this and make it more powerful at the same time.”

“It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much.”

“It’s better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.”

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

“The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas, and they don’t bring much culture into their products.”

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”

“My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better.”

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

“Look at the design of a lot of consumer products — they’re really complicated surfaces. We tried to make something much more holistic and simple. When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions. Most people just don’t put in the time or energy to get there. We believe that customers are smart, and want objects which are well thought through.”

And one more thing…

Apple iPad 2 Review – First Look, Design & Features

Finally, Steve Jobs has announced that starting March 11, 2011 – the brand new Apple iPad 2 will be available in US stores, so if you are a fan of Apple or you already own an iPad and would like an upgrade than you should consider on getting to know its new features first:

Improved design

Apple succeeded to cut down on the new iPad thickness – the new version being 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter. It is supposed to feel really comfortable holding it and it being lighter you will practically not feel it in your hands. We all know that Apple is able to impress with looks – so the new iPad is one gadget that impresses with its thin, sleek and shiny appearance. Because of its new design, it has been compared to iPod touch (a bit bigger of course), meaning it is much easier and more comfortable to hold than its predecessor. Despite its changes in the design, Apple has succeeded to keep its 10 hours of battery life – which is pretty cool. Besides its minimalistic design, it comes both in black and white color.

Powerful and more useful

The new iPad carries the powerful 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 SOC that makes everything flow pretty fast on it. You can watch HD videos and movies and play games that look smoother and more realistic – all of this by enjoying higher resolution. There will definitely be lots of video apps in the future, so that the new iPad is perfectly compatible with it.

The pretty useful and expected part of iPad 2 is its two incorporated cameras. This will help you keep in touch with your folks without needing a desktop computer or even a laptop that is much bigger and heavier. It comes with a front-facing VGA camera for Photo Booth (a new feature) and Face Time.  The 3.2 megapixel camera in the back of the iPad captures 720 HD video.

Another useful feature is the HDMI Video Mirroring that will help users mirror their iPad screen right on an HDTV using an optional adaptor. There are also different other accessories available with the release of iPad 2 that you can check out on their official website.

Updated iOS

Although expected, the new iPad boasts the new iOS 4.3 that comes with new improved features. Your browsing experience in Safari will be much faster so that you could find all you need in no time, enhancements to Air Play have been added, and there is also a choice to use the side switch on iPad 2 that will either lock the screen rotation or mute audio.

Smart Cover – a pleasant unexpected surprise

The new iPad cover was pretty unexpected but a really nice surprise. The cover comes in two types of material – polyurethane and leather and a rainbow of colors to choose from. Both materials have a special microfiber that cleans the screen automatically when you cover it, so you can say goodbye to nasty fingerprints on your screen. The cover can be attached due to its special included magnets and it is really light so it doesn’t add any weigh to your iPad.

Once you pull it off from the iPad, it will automatically resume sleeping, without you having to push any additional buttons. Another feature of the Smart Cover is the fact that when you fold it you can use it as a stand for your iPad. This way it will be easier for you to watch videos or talk to your family and friends, as you won’t have to hold your iPad for that. The stand is also really comfortable when you use your iPad for typing or browsing the Internet.

It is really up to you if you want to change your iPad or wait for the new version that might probably have more features. Yes the new Ipad 2 is more powerful, has a nicer design and you can definitely take advantage of the video call option, but the old iPad isn’t that bad either and their price dropped 100 dollars with the launch of the new Ipad 2. However, if you are new to Apple and decide on buying a tablet PC from them, than iPad 2 is probably a good option and it will probably satisfy your needs.

Apple iPad 2 Video – Official Demo and Presentation

iPad 2 Photos