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by $spyed






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.






























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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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:iconosallivan:
osallivan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Too bad you guys forgot about this contest...
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:iconxelanesque:
xelanesque Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Uh...who is he?
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:iconglassdragon42:
glassdragon42 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
...R.I.P. Can't think of anything else to say...
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's amazing to me that NO-ONE has mentioned Bob Dylan!
A major contributor to our time.
Protest songs. Folk music. Writing. Poetry. Changing the way we think and write.
Introducing a new way of singing and writing music.
What more can I say?
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:icondigitalspin:
digitalspin Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Those who gave freely, without expectation of reward, have already won.
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:iconkansasartist:
KansasArtist Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Is this contest over? Have winners been chosen? Should I stop obsessing over the contest yet?
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:icongisapizzatto:
GisaPizzatto Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured: [link]
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:icontessieart333:
tessieart333 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It was really wonderful to be apart of this tribute:-)

_Tess
<3
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:iconxekdx:
xekdx Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Remember that Dennis Ritchie has died this month too :(
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:iconhck112:
hck112 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:thumbsup:
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:iconvillenueve:
Villenueve Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
There are a thousand magnificent men,it would take me too much time naming them but just a few of those to whom I admire -besides Steve Jobs,Bill Gates and a few others who have revolutionized the world of technology,especially the digital world-...there were the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Gutenberg,Da Vinci, Carl Sagan,nowadays: John Lennon,Steven Spielberg,etc...

But,Steve Jobs deserves to be recognized and remembered for all what he did,his legacy is what he gave to the world and it will survive eternally.
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:iconavengemyclan0723:
avengemyclan0723 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Can someone please tell me when the due date is? I can't find it anywhere. :/
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:iconhck112:
hck112 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I encourage DA staff to make something for Dennis Ritchie.

Without Dennis Ritchie, your fancy Steve Jobs wouldn't have a single shit to be celebrated for.
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:iconesintu:
esintu Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:thumbsup:
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:iconhck112:
hck112 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh well Jobs is an amazing man, for co-creating Macintosh and co-founding Apple.

Now another great man gone, Dennis Ritchie, father of UNIX, the ancestor of all modern OS.

I wonder if DeviantArt are going to memory Dennis Ritchie and hold a contest just like Steve Jobs's one?
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:iconlolly:
lolly Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
:thumbsup:
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:iconosallivan:
osallivan Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Here's my little work that I have decided to make in memory of Steve Jobs: [link]
Hope you all like it!
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:iconjuw-zel:
Juw-Zel Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
R.i.p hope youre in heaven! and that god gives you the bless to be with him
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:iconavengemyclan0723:
avengemyclan0723 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This comment is surely appreciated but I just thought I'd mention that he is a Zen Buddhist. :)
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:iconjuw-zel:
Juw-Zel Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
that doesnt matter y know, for me theres one god i respect his things but i could say it even yknow x
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:iconavengemyclan0723:
avengemyclan0723 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that's fine, I respect your religious views. I just wanted to let you know that is his religion.
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:iconjuw-zel:
Juw-Zel Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
like i said i respect his religion
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:iconlolly:
lolly Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Because it is common for Zen Buddhists to be billionaires who use Chinese sweatshops where kids commit suicide to escape the hellish work environment. He may have had his PR firms tell people that's what he was, but he was no more of a Buddhist than I am a 23 foot tall neon green caterpillar with telekinesis.
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:iconavengemyclan0723:
avengemyclan0723 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ummm... I know for a fact that he is, and I really don't like how you have just insulted my religion. douche. :(
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:iconesintu:
esintu Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link] this may help get the point across..
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:iconlolly:
lolly Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
I didn't insult your religion. In fact I defended it from someone like Jobs who makes a mockery of it. Reread and point out to me exactly where I insulted it? Buddhism is in fact, one of the few religious beliefs I have respect for.

btw you calling me a douche, also not so Buddhist.

And yes, Jobs may have said he was and even deluded himself into thinking he was, but his actions said something entirely different.
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:iconesintu:
esintu Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I seriously keep coming back to this post just to read your replies to people... :roll:
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:iconlolly:
lolly Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
:laughing:
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:iconesintu:
esintu Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dude... [link]
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:iconlolly:
lolly Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
I literally choked on my coffee. :laughing:
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:iconangeliccorpses:
angelicCorpses Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
R.I.P Steve Jobs, we will never forget you, you were a brilliant man..
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:iconxblackbird:
xblackbird Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
RIP Steve Jobs. You will always be remembered as a sacred icon of the technology era. I truly admired this man, and wish all the best for his family and employees.

Please, haters, keep the negativity to yourself.
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:iconmisplaced-shadow:
Misplaced-Shadow Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Steve Jobs may have died, but his life didn't flash before his eyes cause apple doesn't support flash.
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:iconhck112:
hck112 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
cause apple doesn't support flash Durp, Adobe extend most of their stuff on OS X, not Windows. Check your fact.
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:iconmisplaced-shadow:
Misplaced-Shadow Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
You know I could go about a long winded response but I feel it would be wasted on you. Instead I feel a simple "U mad?" Would do just fine however... I never said it was windows, certain apple products are incompatible with flash player I know this to be true from first hand experience. Get your facts straight, Not only that but it was a joke in light of the circumstances. If your going to troll a comment check your facts. ^^ Good day to you sir.
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:iconfunnymcbunny:
FunnyMcBunny Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
†Steve Jobs†
We will miss you forever.
You gave us many and we? We gave you so little.
†Steve Jobs† We are always thinking about you!
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:iconlolly:
lolly Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Gave him so little aside from a few billion dollars. :roll:
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:iconfunnymcbunny:
FunnyMcBunny Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
jes agrees! Okay.
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:iconhck112:
hck112 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:thumbsup:
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:icontalaveradf:
talaveradf Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
good
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:iconnunu-kennedy:
Nunu-Kennedy Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Poor Steve Jobs :( :iconimsadplz:
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:iconokimoki:
okimoki Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
omg, yes, he was amazing man, but was he really? or did apple just know how to make stuff people like? He changed the world? i dot think so.. why is iphone so different from any other phone?? it still makes calls, its still a smart phone, cooler looking and with nicer interface, but is this realy WORLD CHANGiNG? i dont think so.. PCs versus MACs.. i own both and they are the same! Again nothing WORLD CHANGING, they just made you believe you have to buy new iPhone every year and that you NEED an iPad.. well.. i dont think so..
Also, dont even get me started on him not giving anything back to the world!!

Yes.. brilliant man who changed the world as we know it.. i personaly dont think so..
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:iconpelopia:
Pelopia Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You need to watch Pirates of Silicon Valley. It's about how it all started.
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:iconharpersaurusrex:
harpersaurusrex Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Student General Artist
You can't deny the fact that his designs are what has been pushing the world, they've influenced how people view technology and access a global system. We are all a part of it, and Steve Jobs is a person who influced the Technological Revolution we live in today. Yes, Jobs is world changing. Him, and Bill Gates, and all the other people who are connecting our world and further pushing globalization. Steve Jobs is not an iPad, or a Mac - Steve Jobs is an influencial man who made an impact on the world today. If he hadn't changed the world, or made any dent on history, no one would be mourning his death.

Yes, a brilliant man who changed the world; I personally think so.
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:iconcyber1337:
Cyber1337 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor Steve... if i could i'd bring you back! :iconsadplz:
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:icon7313:
7313 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
R.I.P 'iSteve' , you were a genius. We will miss you, Steve Jobs.
Thanks for everything.
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:iconkpriya:
kpriya Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you will be missed..
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:icondragonitez-r-cute:
Dragonitez-r-cute Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Idead
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:iconmactoxi:
mactoxi Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Nice Contest! :)
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:icondybeen:
dybeen Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Can my art entry be a tribute to all the Apple factories that have poisoned their employees in China with no compensation, and had to install safety nets to prevent their employees from committing suicide by jumping out the windows?
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
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