Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs, RIP

He'll be best remembered not for technological innovation but for an intense aesthetic sensibility. That sensibility shaped world commerce and product design for a generation. Jobs—who was, from what I hear, often unbearable to work with—gave us a lesson worth remembering: to draw a distinction between form and function is to court mediocrity and irrelevance—no matter what you do with your life.

In this delightful speech, he tells us to never forget that death awaits us all. Now his death has arrived. Having lived defiantly in its shadow, he'll likely—imagine—never be forgotten.

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