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A number of media outlets are closely monitoring the artistic response by our community to the death of Steve Jobs.

For me, Steve Jobs is an icon. The John Lennon of our time. And while his wife and children, as well as Apple and Pixar, are the landmarks of his life, Steve Jobs encapsulates the core values that have inspired a generation, separate from the images put forth by his companies.

It is his iconography that we as a community should come together and try our hands at capturing. No small feat, but it is precisely what I'd like to see us do. The iconography of Steve Jobs himself. Apple and Pixar and those types of images aside, Steve Jobs transcends these accomplishments through the meaning of his life's work, his vision, and the inspiration that he will continue to be to us all.

Iconography is the branch of art history which studies the identification, description, and the interpretation of the content of images. The word iconography literally means "image writing" (in Greek).

Details to follow, but begin now as timing is very important.

This is a community contest. The prizes are along the lines of Premium Memberships (details to follow), not tons of money or iPads. Just the coming together of deviants to mourn the loss of a defining life.

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Update: Regarding some of the negativity on this article, I am not backing off on the comparisons to John Lennon. Technology is the rock and roll of our time. And the very device you're using to debate this matter wouldn't be as it is if it weren't for Steve Jobs. What you take for granted, he granted. Heads up. Step back.


Seer as Creator

The encomiums have poured forth, saturating the media both traditional and digital with well-meaning
yet somehow hollow accolades. For the comparisons in greatness to earlier geniuses don’t really fit. Edison,
Bell and Ford are repeatedly invoked, but even though the telephone, the light bulb and the automobile
fundamentally changed the way we humans live our lives, there’s something more radically revolutionary
about what Steve Jobs’s inventions have done for life on this planet. Communicating over distance, extending
the day’s work into the night and making travel practical for the everyman were great innovations – but the
iPod, iPhone and iPad are not only making human organization and communication easier and more effective,
they are reorganizing how we think about our lives, evolving our consciousnesses, being used as tools to spark
the light of democratic revolutions in benighted dictatorships.

The only genius forefather who was in his time something like Steve Jobs has been in our lifetimes is
Leonardo da Vinci. Most people know of him as the painter who created the Mona Lisa. But he was also an
engineer and inventor, his inventions being so revolutionary as to be impossible to bring to life with
the raw materials and techniques of his age. He imagined airplanes, helicopters and submarines centuries
before they became realities. Art and invention were one inseparable futurist adventure for the master
visionary. Steve Jobs was the engineer and inventor first, among the first wave of personal computer innovators,
but like no other he was always, perhaps even foremost, the true artist of the original wave of young seers.
He knew how to meld popular culture, especially music, with communications in a way that would be instantly
intuitively accessible to the world’s masses.

Da Vinci never saw his most ambitious inventions come to fruition. More science would be needed to realize his
artistic vision. In less than forty years, Steve Jobs was able to bring his visions to life and change the world.
He has placed the tools in our hands for unlocking all the science and all the art we can ever want to make part of
our lives, digitally telescoping our “learning curves” so we can now realize in a few years what until so recently
took a lifetime’s dedicated (and for most financially prohibitive) scholarship. Perhaps it’s no surprise, sad but
fitting, that his own intensely creative life was compacted into only 56 years. Now his amazing energies are scattered
infinitely as atoms to the universe … Bon voyage, Steve.

Steve Jobs by potrilloadr Goodbye Steve by Ectogammot Goodbye Steve by zepaulo Steve Jobs by markdraws

Questions For You

  1. Which do you think is more important to the future of humanity: artistic vision or ingenious invention? Why?
  2. What other artists or inventors do you know of who have made contributions as great as Leonardo Da Vinci or Steve Jobs?
  3. Does Steve Jobs attitude toward life and the example he set make you any less fearful of risking failure?

Steve Jobs by gilderic

For Steve by minitreehouse

"Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to
help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything—all external expectations,
all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of
death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best
way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked.
There is no reason not to follow your heart. ... Stay hungry. Stay foolish."

—Steve Jobs
—Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.

iSad by amao2006
It was a sad day by TwilightSquare
Apple Memorial by WillDrawForFood1
Thank you Steve Jobs by snupi2001
Steve Jobs by daraku48
iSad by roze-hip-zero

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tessieart333 Oct 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It was really wonderful to be apart of this tribute:-)

Tupac Is Also A LEGEND --He wanted to Protect Black Community And Combact Injustice With ART because TRULY BEAUTIFUL ART can Make A Difference and His LOVE for Humanity is present And I listen Him and I am not black but I Feel like I am At HOME both Art And Soul cause He Always LOVE Make Create Art Sacrifice Himself
In Response to Visionary LEGEND Steve Jobs
Noo e' diverso e' una sete di conoscenza e di approfondimento che va oltre la dimensione umana e lo avvicina al genio visionario di cui era portatore, perche' solo i Foolish o I misfist sono coloro capaci di realizzare Grandi cambiamenti in quanto dicono no allo Omologazione e si spingono Oltre Vanno cercare Lo Essenza delle cose e la vogliano realizzare put a dig in The Universe--Lascia un segno una impronta alla Umanita'

La mentalita' Americana e' questa e' Think BIG non provincialismo, loro vogliono studiano e ricercano ,e' un invito ad essere recettivi Attuativi persuasivi e si puo' dire Innovativi . La PNL e' iniziata da loro per intenderci,e' Studio e Ricerca

Ridurre cosi' un discorso di grande spessore e' quasi offensivo, e' mistificazione pura e invito al Conformismo,e Steve Jobs era tutto fuorche' conformismo, a lui sarebbe piaciuto il Cavallo Di Razza, non il Puledro,pensare cosi' appartiene alle Grandi menti e ai grandi Uomini che Fanno i cambiamenti e questo in Italia non viene recepito perche' si vuole lo Omolagazione verso il basso Sempre. Steve Jobs voleva la Fama e La Fame Di conoscenza in termini di Immortalita' come gli Artisti, il suo e' un fine Pensiero non semplicistico,difficile da capire se uno si ferma al compiacimento di Traguardi basso medi, la sua Mentalita' e il suo Pensiero hanno un altro diverso Spessore,Solo I Grandi Uomini hanno le Sue Quality , Lui e' un creatore, non un imbonitore,lui voleva fare la Differenza , non essere la Differenza,e' un Uomo Straordinario il cui Lascito e' enorme in termini di invenzione e di Pensiero, Questo e' un GENIO non un Uomo, solo i Grandi fanno e realizzano quello che ha realizzato lui, capirne la grandezza e' Fondamentale per trarne Esempio,non si puo' appiattire con pizzico di Follia, non e' accettabile veramente ,la Grandezza del Pensiero determina la Grandezza dello Uomo--Il Suo e' un testamento spirituale che va molto oltre , devi aderirvi emotivamente e concettualmente per capirne la Portata o si finisce nella media borghesia che pensa al Denaro e alle macchine , come bene Fondamentale e conseguentemente abbassa i valori per cui consumismo o rincorsa alle celebrita' prende il sopravvento in termini di Omologazione. Steve Jobs e' tutto fuor che' Omologazione E consumismo,Lui si consumava per lavorare e CREARE,

e' questo il suo Lascito,La Sua Eleganza,La Sua Grandezza

Mi sentivo veramente di dirlo perche' questo appiattimento diventa urticante. La societa' necessita di Seria considerata ponderata Riflessione --Steve Jobs ha gia' il Suo Universo Da Tempo,Lui Lo Voleva, lo ha Cercato,Lo Ha Attuato


Ci sono Altre sue Bellissime Frasi come quella sulla Morte e Sul Tempo

Queste sono persone da prendere A Modello per incrementare la qualita' non lo appiattimento dei Valori

Maggiori Riflessioni sarebbero Accurate ed Educative perche' ti portano a dare un contributo Forte alla Societa' E ai Suoi Valori
chilingo Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist

This is my contribute to Steve Jobs!
Thank you, I appreciate it. I respect that others have their opinions on the matter but the fact remains that I believe the majority of people respected what Steve Jobs stood for at his core. The passion, innovation, quality of his company are and always will be somewhat inspirational to this generation. Thanks for loving this rather than taking issue with it
shikkaba Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I don't care if anyone remembers me.
Now, something you might not know, is how opposed to charity Steve Jobs was. Yeah, he strongly discouraged employees using any of their salary for charity, making an app for the iPhone involving charity was also frowned upon.
The company generally treated it's employees as shit.

He sold terrible products for absurd prices.
Apple as a company started out by buying up small companies and what not. They had no ideas of their own.

Steve Jobs died, just like many other people have, and will.
Do you care when another homeless man dies on the street because of fucked up our society is? Do you care when children are told to kill for whatever cause in Africa? I don't care, Steve Jobs didn't care, and you don't care.
You pretend that you do because you want to seem sympathetic, but guess what, sympathy doesn't save lives.

Now, you can get over this rather unremarkable man, or you can go back to masturbating over your iPad, be careful though, they are almost impossible to wash without getting ruined.
R.I.P.Steve. In that "GLORIOUS!' "Apple' in the "Heavens'. For as long as we have your "inventions' and the "passion' that "YOU!' "BESTOYED' upon them and each and everyone of us to not "ALLOW' your "DREAMS' to "DIE' and to fight to see them made into a "REALITY' as you did,here on this "PLANET,' and "ABROAD'...."YOU!' "CONTINUE' TO LIVE ON WITHIN US ALL'........" '..........AND "GOD HAS FOUND A BETTER "POSITION' for "YOU' to continue on your work with him'...."God bless your family and keep them safe...."FOR' your "JOURNEY' is just "BEGUN!'.........artistnut64
Nara-kun Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
how about just phones? Not all of us have iphones (I know it's a shock, but still)
Xiaraphimia Oct 7, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I heard the bad news sad to see a legend pass away with such creativity. This guy was a true being. I'm pretty sure more people are going to buy Apple Products more often now. R.I.P Steve Jobs.
I'll miss you. thanks you so much
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