Thoughts on Apple

When Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple, I was guilty of writing one of those posts that could be mistaken for a eulogy. The news that he has passed choked me up quite a bit tonight, but mostly, I’m incredibly glad that while he died too young, he lived long enough to see Apple come out on top.

Using Apple products has taught me about usability. About elegance, in form and function. About how I want to design.  The fact that the good stuff is winning is a win for everyone.

Thank you, Steve.

Thoughts on Steve

Image of a young Steve Jobs, holding a red apple

This is not something I would normally post. It irks me when people write about bad news just for ratings and retweets, so I don’t do posts like this unless I feel I have something to add to the discussion… or at least have something I just want to share.

I was one of the many people who were saddened by the news that Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple. Not shocked, but saddened. Because we know why. And we know if it can happen to one of the most powerful, vital, willful people in the world…

I hate that this is going to sound like a eulogy, because now is not the time. But it’s what I want to say. Thanks for the inspiration, Steve. Thanks for making good stuff.

Update: I have to admit, I’m a little embarrassed for being mushy. I’ve reworked this post several times in an effort to better say what I mean. But there are many others out there reading stuff that resonates with me… from cheerful remembrance to company analysis. I’m going to keep a short list here of some of my favorites.
Aaron Silvers: Influence (which influenced this post and some others below)
John Gruber: Resigned
Brent Schlenker: My Journey to Apple Products
Brian Dusablon: A Brilliant Man Makes a Graceful Exit
Shawn Blanc: Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO
Scott Unrein: A Bicycle for Our Minds