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Steve Jobs’ ideas spawned a rich visual lexicon that changed the way we see design

Letters on a computer screen were two-dimensional blips and characters that rolled along as you typed them in before Steve Jobs and his team created the windows interface.

Jobs gave visual depth to things.

He put drop shadows between elements so that we could see which item was “on top” of our desktop, which was below.

It’s mind blowing. Elements as simple as drop shadows, sketched by Jobs in his garage when he was 20 years old, have become part of a worldwide visual lexicon that allows us to intuitively interact with information.

We don’t even think about the small details, because we expect to be able to push a button, move a mouse, pinch a screen and have the world come to us.

Jobs created that expectation, step-by-step and with a vision for making things intuitive, easy and fun to use.

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The most popular story on the most visited news website is not about Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs’ death topped many news sites’ lists of “Most Popular” stories on Thursday, including six of the top dozen U.S. news sites. Videos about the late Apple co-founder also topped some rankings.

Here are the top stories on each site.

1. Yahoo

2. CNN

3. Msnbc.com

4. AOL

5. New York Times

6. Fox News

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ICYMI: iMemorial: Steve Jobs honored on front pages, magazine covers, news & tech websites

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Jobs asked Isaacson to write bio in 2004 because ‘I wanted my kids to know me’

Time.com
Walter Isaacson explains in a brief subscriber-only essay on Time.com how he came to write an authorized biography of technology icon Steve Jobs:

In the early summer of 2004, I got a phone call from him. He had been scattershot friendly to me over the years, with occasional bursts of intensity, especially when he was launching a new product that he wanted on the cover of TIME or featured on CNN, places where I’d worked. But now that I was no longer at either of those places, I hadn’t heard from him much. We talked a bit about the Aspen Institute, which I had recently joined, and I invited him to speak at our summer campus in Colorado. He’d be happy to come, he said, but not to be onstage. He wanted, instead, to take a walk so we could talk.

That seemed a bit odd. I didn’t yet know that taking a long walk was his preferred way to have a serious conversation.

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Ex-Gizmodo editor: I wrote my apology letter to Steve Jobs three weeks ago

The Atlantic
Brian Lam, who was editor of Gizmodo during the 2010 iPhone 4 leak saga, says that “sometimes, I wish we never found that phone at all” because in the end “it caused me a lot of grief, and stopped writing almost entirely.” He adds: “It made my spirit weak. Three weeks ago, I felt like I had had enough. I wrote my apology letter to Steve.”

Steve, a few months have passed since all that iphone 4 stuff went down, and I just wanted to say that I wish things happened differently. I probably should have quit right after the first story was published for several different reasons. I didn’t know how to say that without throwing my team under the bus, so I didn’t. Now I’ve learned it’s better to lose a job I don’t believe in any more than to do it well and keep it just for that sake.

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iMemorial: Steve Jobs honored on front pages, magazine covers, news & tech websites

Charles Apple interviewed designers about their Steve Jobs front pages.

Twitter streamed with tributes and websites went black to show respect for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as word of his death spread Wednesday night.

On Thursday, magazine covers were redesigned and newspaper front pages from California to Brazil honored the 56-year-old technology innovator who changed our lives and imaginations with his inventions.

On Friday, international papers caught up to the news and used the iconic Apple logo to honor Jobs.

(Front page images below courtesy of the Newseum. Some images have been cropped.)

Based in Salvador, Brazil, Correio used an image of Steve Jobs representing a bite out of his Apple.
Paris’ Libération shows the Apple shedding its stem and a tear.
This German newspaper used an image that shone an Apple light on Jobs’ face.
This Brasilia-based paper cleverly replaced the iconic red heart with a red Apple logo.
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Media figures express sadness, appreciation after Steve Jobs’ death

It seemed like everyone heard the news at once.

As if an earthquake shook the technology world Wednesday evening, the Internet suddenly flooded with news alerts and tweets about the death of Steve Jobs.

The reactions of people in the news business ranged from sadness and appreciation to introspection about our own lives. Here’s a sampling.

Nieman Lab’s Megan Garber put together a Storify with more reactions, everyone from President Barack Obama to Google.


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How Steve Jobs changed (but didn’t save) journalism

Editor’s note: With news of Steve Jobs’ passing on Oct. 5, we thought it was appropriate to republish this story, written when he resigned as CEO of Apple.

Steve Jobs resigned Wednesday as CEO of Apple Inc., but his legacy will be felt in the news industry for years to come.

Steve Jobs cared about, and greatly changed, the news business.

In the past five years, Jobs’ Apple has simultaneously disrupted, transformed and aided the news industry.

It created or at least defined almost every aspect of mobile consumer technology that is now part of media’s future and its fastest-growing segment. The iPhone and iPad created inescapable trends. They were not just devices but whole new product categories and new content economies.

The iPhone was not the first smartphone. But it was the first to employ a full-face touchscreen, to decide finger taps and swipes were better than buttons, and to unleash the enormous power of third-party apps. Read more

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