As the design world — indeed, much of the entire world — mourns the loss of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday at 56 after battling pancreatic cancer, SND looks back on the device that changed our lives.
In 1984, a brash Jobs rolled out a computer “for the rest of us” that would forever alter the publishing landscape. Suddenly, all the tools were in our hands. The Mac, importantly, was the first device to offer a range of fonts and ways to use them — things clearly meant to connect the computer to the context of the real world — that helped all of us in news design begin to understand the possibilities of the desktop revolution, the fast-coming change that prefigured the central role visual design would play in shaping the news audience experience.
Twenty years later, in 2004, we asked news designers to reflect on the Mac, one of the “25 Influential Moments in News Design” that was debuted as part of the San Jose workshop and exhibition. The video we made then is below. On this day, we ask you to remember Steve Jobs.