The Information Age’s Brilliant Artist, Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, the co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc., died on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. He was 56 years old.

Jobs will go down in history as perhaps the quintessential innovator of the information age, having had a hand in how we use and perceive computers. While names like Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg will leave a legacy of success and have well earned reputations of technological ideas, Jobs will be remembered as an artist among programmers. Jobs had hands in the creation of the Macintosh computer, pioneered the visual desktop of Mac OS, phased out the Discman era with the iPod, brought digital distribution to the forefront with iTunes, made the smartphone accessible and fresh with the iPhone, and helped popularize the tablet with the iPad. He dared to dream when others played it safe and refused to quit when given a bad hand.

And while the Macintosh has never been strongly tied to gaming, the ripples of his creations are affecting the industry today. Digital distribution, popularized by Apple’s iTunes online store, has created a new renaissance in PC gaming in Valve’s Steam platform and every major console has a downloadable market. Apple’s iOS used by the iPhone and iPod have drastically changed the way consumers view the casual handheld gaming market. $40 for a PSP title seems unreasonable in contrast to a $1 copy of Angry Birds.

Steve Jobs constantly strove to be better. A businessman, an innovator and an artistic genius. The world somehow seems a little less magical without him.

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

Thank you Mr. Jobs, you will be missed.

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