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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