Though not unexpected, the passing of #SteveJobs sure was a kick to the gut, wasn’t it? His innovation and particularly – his wonderful sense of design were really inspiring.
And this being a blog…I suppose I’ll (humbly, I hope) make this all about me…
I created quite a few pen and ink stipple illustrations for #Apple back in the mid-80’s…they were one of my very first significant accounts (through #Chiat/DayAdvertising). We’re talking 1983-84ish, and I remember not having a clue what the heck these oddball gadgets were that I was rendering. I mean, I knew they were computers (or had something to do with computers), but to my eye – they were just strangely shaped objects with LOTS of buttons and keys and knobs. It would be another dozen years before I actually brought my first computer into my own studio.
I worked on a bunch of their ads, and created individual illustrations of just about all of their available products at the time – to be used as “ad slicks” (look it up). It’s pretty weird how antiquated many of them seem now. What a terrific gig for a young illustrator just starting out. I was just 28 when all this began…the exact same age as Steve.