Monday, June 17, 2013

Steve Jobs: Genius by Design by Jason Quinn

Steve Jobs: Genius by Design by Jason Quinn and illustrated by Amit Tayal

Steve Jobs was adopted in 1955 by Paul and Clara Jobs.  He grew up in California an inquisitive child, full of energy and willfulness.  He was stubborn and knew what he wanted out of life and let no one stop him.  Steve had a lot of creative energy and friends and family who believed in his ideas.  He could have taken many wrongs turns and ended up a penniless hippie, but his strong will to persevere won out.

Steve's friend, Woz, created the first personal computer and Steve was the brains behind the business.  They ended up starting the Apple company together in Steve's parent's garage.  Steve always demanded perfection and he was a bit hot headed.  As Apple grew some people refused to work with him.  He was technically fired from the company he created.  So he decided he would create another company called NEXT and he would compete with Apple. NEXT and Apple became huge rivals.  Steve's NEXT company owned Pixar and created the first computer animated move called TOY STORY.

Steve knew he was going to change the world and so he did.  He didn't do it alone, he had help along the way and he knew how to lean on his friends for support.  This graphic novel biography of Steve Jobs was very informative and interesting.  I learned a lot about the type of man Steve was and the creative genius he brought to his projects.  When I started reading this book I had no idea who Steve was or what he accomplished besides the basics of being an Apple CEO.

The Artwork is very well-done.  The size of the book is equal to the size of an Ipad and it even looks like an Ipad.  Inside the artwork is done simply with black and soft colors.  Each panel is surrounded in black.  Steve is captured perfectly in every decade of his life.

Steve Jobs is not presented as the god of technology, he is presented as human in the book.  This biography details each decade of Steve's life including the high and low points of his life, including some of the mistakes he made, presented in the book.

You know it is really interesting to learn about a product or a companies history when you are a person who has used this type of product for awhile.  As a owner of an Ipod, an Ipad, an Iphone and a Mac computer, this was really cool for me to read about.  We are definitely a Apple product using family and knowing the history behind this company is valuable to me.  I never thought I would read a book about Steve Jobs and like it but that is what happened.  Now I am passing the book onto my son and then my daughter because I know they will like it to.

Steve Jobs thought differently and I wanted to include his words in this post.  He created the Think Differently campaign for Apple in the 1990's so below you can hear Steve narrate a commercial in the campaign.  It is very moving and makes me want to get out there and let my creativity flow.

Steve Jobs thank you for your creations.  You have made the world a better place.

"Here's to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough
to think they can change the world...
are the ones who do."