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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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osallivan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Too bad you guys forgot about this contest...
xelanesque Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Uh...who is he?
Chocorroles Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
No they didn't. The Macintosh was indeed the first commercially successful product to use a GUI. The first one was by Xerox but even before them people was already working on the GUI.
ender-wiggin42 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
google it. wikipedia should have a good discription. its free and there are many versions from different people modifying it. my personal favorite runs ENTIRELY in ram, so its AMAZINGLY quick.and i can kill programs without having to ctrl+alt+delete XD
Shadow-Pikachu6 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
never heard of it before o.o
Mar0na Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
glassdragon42 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
...R.I.P. Can't think of anything else to say...
pussycatprincess Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very correct!!
Stevehat32 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
And why should he? Being a millionaire and aiming to be one for the sake of it, are slightly differant mentalitys...
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?
Aroh Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
"he was never intrested in making himself a millionaire"
Funny I don't remember him ever donating a fraction of his fortune.
Aroh Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
"Without Steve Jobs animation..."
I don't know what you are talking about. He never did any animating in his life. You got any source for this?

"...created some of words first caligraphic typefaces for computers."
If by "created" you mean "bought the rights of the typefaces" then yeah I guess he "created" typefaces...
ender-wiggin42 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
thats ok XD
FunnyMcBunny Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
jes agrees! Okay.
haldron Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
I know. It didn't stop Jobs from badmouthing Gates at every opportunity though.

I mean, the guy was a great businessman, but I don't think he was a good person.
sentient-zombie Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Microsoft and Apple have had a tight relationship of collaboration.
haldron Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
So did Microsoft. :iconteheplz:
harpersaurusrex Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
I really only read Time magazine, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, and Spin for music. People are embellishing because we JUST lost him, yeah? The fact of the matter is, no two people are completely comparable: I could say that George Bush is comparable to Hitler because he led people with propaganda into thinking that his reign would bring prosperity, and clearly this is a rash comparison, however it's relevant on the terms I'm making it and in the context of the conversation. That's all that happening.
GOOD, I hope you over analyze things. Question EVERYTHING. It means you're thinking.
Flaherty56 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, I'm not going to be choking on the bone here. After some time has settled,and I don't know your position on this,and the magazines tributes come in,-I was reading "Fortune," yesterday, I can see why people may want to embellish a little. I still believe he's very influential in the latter half of the 20t century, and early part of the 21st century. I do over analyze stuff,and you pretty much have a good point.
digitalspin Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Those who gave freely, without expectation of reward, have already won.
Treeonice Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Heh, yeah.
harpersaurusrex Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
You are over analyzing it; it's a smilie some admin on deviantART made. Take it for what it is, superficially, because one statement isn't really meant to be put under a microscope.
Honestly, I only skimmed that whole thing, because frankly it's irrelevant that you're bringing unnecessary other people into it.
The man just died, yes, people will embellish a bit for a while because it's an icon of pop culture. If we're bringing other people in this; its kind of like how after Michael Jackson died, and the world pretty much forgot that they all thought he was a pedophile and he once again became the King of Pop.

In reality, I don't want to continue this conversation, because neither of us really gives a fuck what the other says.
Flaherty56 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I disagree with that. John Lennon was very important, but in 1967, he was going through some difficult personal issues, and he said his life was "murder". George Harrison started to shine on Revolver with "Taxman," "Love You To,""I Want to Tell You", and Sgt. Pepper's philosophic blueprint is a Harrison tract, "Within You Without You." On The White Album, "While my Guitar Gently Weeps," "Piggies", "Long,Long,Long." Abbey Road "Something." If it wasn't for Paul McCartney, we wouldn't have Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour. When you opened Sgt. Pepper the LP, McCartney, is the dominant figure there. And of course, every successful band needs a drummer-Ringo Starr. The Beatles would be nothing without Ringo, and they themselves publicly acknowledged this. I also think the comparison of Jobs to Mick Jagger, is a better one that Jobs to Lennon. Jobs was all about the look. The iMac comes in many different colors,it's not boxy but sleek. You have an iPod and an iPhone, which if one presses a button, or moves their finger, they can do all kinds of cool stuff. Jagger, is known for his swagger,sometimes fashion. The Rolling Stones, while having political songs are not a political band like the Beatles.
evanescencesithlord6 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Which is a good thing..
Can't have a world full of Evanescence fans...
that would probably piss me off..
not the band or the music.. just the fans XD
KojoMonkey Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You didn't HAVE to prove me wrong, you just didn't. Being predictable is quite sad really. Though there is something I did promise you hope you remember it.

Its clear you just want to be annoying or you are just truly oblivious, which I hope your not, wouldn't want to be seen attacking someone mentally challenged now.
"Me asking you if you are in Uni...has nothing to do with me mocking your being scorned. Two separate questions with commas"
um, quote:
"How in the world could you have felt scorned? You felt scorned...and you're in Uni? What are they teaching you kids nowadays??"
You seem to have trouble understanding your own writing or at least portraying your thoughts in writing. (maybe you ARE mentally challenged...hmm) You are CLEARLY connecting being scorned and being in uni. Look can you see? "..." CONNECTING the two statements then "and" a word people use to CONNECT things. O' and there's no commas, NOT ONE.
"Me mocking your being scorned." You finally admit that you've been mocking me.
You keep saying that I'm some idiot who "doesn't like it when someone questions their comment." in various permutations. I don't, nor anyone else I presume, mind comments when they are not insulting, sarcastic or MOCKING.
But apparently, according to you, these and "cursing out" are components of mature discussion; or maybe this "kid" hasn't been taught that yet.

You keep mentioning "you guys" and things like that. Maybe there's a reason people keep having a bad reaction to YOUR comments.

Finally, I find your constant assertions pertaining to
"I don't know WHAT you've been doing.", suggesting I'm in some chronic daze quite racist
Treeonice Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
lol, I guess it's just a difference of tastes.
evanescencesithlord6 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This album is definitely more rock-ish...
I agree with that!
It's so huge though... I think they're always
going to be way too good for either of those XD
Even though Evanescence used to tour with both those bands...
I guess I think Evanescence is too good for everyone XD

I listened to Within Temptation album...
I don't hate it... Some stuff is cool.. Like that song Pale..
Sounds like celtic and creepy...
But again, I find that stuff kind of corny... idk XD
tsheva Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have been having a discussion this whole time. I don't know WHAT you've been doing.

Me asking you if you are in Uni...has nothing to do with me mocking your being scorned. Two separate questions with commas in between since you were hitting me left and right with your words. You are not the first person who is in college that doesn't like it when someone questions their comment. I find that strange...

And now, 20 years later, this whole debacle based on your original comment is and has always been pointless. You made a comment, I commented on your comment. You then called me darlin' and you not knowing or understanding that, that is condescending AND sexist...okay.

Cursing someone out is not trolling. It is cursing someone out but I guess you didn't get the whole action = reaction thing...okay.

Sorry I couldn't prove you wrong.

I wasn't aware I had to...

Listen, you have a groovy day :D
KojoMonkey Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Hmm...oookay...your implying feeling scorned denotes ill education? Riiiiight... I did ask you a question about how I could have been scorned btw and you ignored it. quote:
"If you don't think, "Imagine a world without Apple...yeah the world existed quite happily before Apple Inc. was created but go on...,"
was condescending. Do you believe that it was a fair comment; in no way undermining or even potentially exasperating? If not, then fine, I misread it.
If so, you think I wouldn't react? or that my reaction was unwarranted?"

How can you be "not surprised" You know me now do you?
In England, where I am from, 'darling' is absolutely NOT a sexist term. At most it would be taken as condescending. (still don't know if you boy or girl)

I said already I'm not serious in caps... CAPS!!.
Never said you were trolling. I am aware of some DA culture but I have never been part of it, your the first member I've EVER communicated with beyond a thank you comment.
Plus a discussion, as far as I know, doesn't involve sarcasm, insulting people, calling them "d*kheads" and telling them "to go F*k themselves"
that IS trolling.
Your responses have amounted to nothing more than big game of 'I know you are but what am I!' that is, taking my words flipping them and using them as basis for insult. Which I expect you will deny (them flip my words and use them to insult me).

I'll tell you my stance. If you have seen anything I have said as insulting then sorry.
I am interested in having a discussion about Steve Jobs and find more out about him good or bad. As mentioned in my original post I don't know that much about him.

SO, question. Being serious now.

Do you wish to have a discussion? OR Do you wish to continue as we are childishly lobbing insults, casting aspersions, making assumptions and jockeying for some kind of fictional supremacy?

I think I know how you will reply. Please PLEASE prove me wrong.
Juw-Zel Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
like i said i respect his religion
Treeonice Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I listened to it. It seems as if she's falling away from the original path she took, and starting to join hands with three days grace and seether. The sound and lyrics are becoming like that as well.

Not that that's a bad thing, though. I really love those bands. I liked the CD, over all. It's not something I'd rave over, or something that I'd purchase, but it's something I can tolerate if they were to play it at their house.
Treeonice Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
it's alright, not my style though.
ender-wiggin42 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
yes, there is in fact! have you heard of linux?
ender-wiggin42 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
google him! XD
ender-wiggin42 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
and what do you think? my favorite song is sburban jungle
evanescencesithlord6 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yep :D
Treeonice Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Evanescence, "Evanescence"?
Treeonice Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
shall listen~
harpersaurusrex Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Student General Artist
First of all, in all respect and fairness, John Lennon is the "figurehead" of the Beatles. Maybe to you, and anyone who is a fan of the Beatles, he isn't - but in the eyes of the world, John Lennon is the name you think of when you say "the Beatles."

Second, music not being "THE" revolution of the 1960s is irrelevant. It was a revolution, just as technology is as huge a movement today as music was in the 60s. The 20th century has been impacted by many things, obviously, but this conversation is about technology, and music, and the similarities between how the movements have pushed people forwards.

It is more then possible the compare Steve Jobs to John Lennon. I already told you why in the above. Your Mick Jagger reference is pretty uncalled for, because again, this is a conversation about technology, and music, and the similarities between how the movements have pushed people forwards; not necessarily about the morals of the individuals being compared. This is about how greatly faces of movements have impacted people. If Lennon or Jobs hadn't made an impact, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

It is worth noting that the young people of today have NOT lived in the 60s, therefor you are out of line, because hypothetical situations are never a good basis for an argument. It is also worth noting that the young people of today would probably not elect Steve Jobs as their spokesperson; it seems you've suggested that they would.

I'm not arguing with a "Beatlemanic and 60s geek". I'm not partial to the Beatles, or big corporations, I'm just taking a small picture stand on a conversation being had on deviantART. I'm not "winning" anything, but I guess you think you are. If so, I humbly give you this "win".

Art and revolution is about uniting people and having conversations, not pitting them against each other in unnecessary arguments that start as simple chats. With all due respect, as I've enjoyed hearing your views and do keep an open mine, I think Lennon would have agreed with the fact that, art is about bringing people together - which is the opposite of what we're doing right now!
OfTheWoodsStudio Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
he is more of an conductor I think
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?
timothymh Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh, sorry, thought by "available" you meant "available for purchase". :) Sorry!~
tsheva Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How in the world could you have felt scorned? You felt scorned...and you're in Uni? What are they teaching you kids nowadays?

TWO, I'm not surprised you don't know that the word darlin' is sexist. I'm really not.

THREE, NOT taking this as serious as you. I'm not mad or upset, I thought, my mistake, that we were having a discussion. Then I remembered...this is DA where not many know how to discuss and have differing opinions equals being a troll.

Forgot that little part.

I also love how you guys love telling people how to respond because you can't handle the back and forth I get that. The need to control the atmosphere.

But I gotta go. It's been real fun discoursing with you even if you didn't know what was going on...

KojoMonkey Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I don't believe how seriously your taking this.
Sexist? I don't even know if you're a boy or a girl! and I really really don't know when 'darling' became sexist (I admit I was being irksome but I felt scorned OKAY. Plus, I was trying to be mock posh jeez, guess it doesn't come off well in writing) I'd like to know the point I warranted a tirade of abuse. I was never abusive to you and still aren't. Heck, favorited your art, I guess you saw that as some kind of aggression.

If you don't think, "Imagine a world without Apple...yeah the world existed quite happily before Apple Inc. was created but go on...,"
was condescending. Do you believe that it was a fair comment; in no way undermining or even potentially exasperating? If not, then fine, I misread it.
If so, you think I wouldn't react or that my reaction was unwarranted?
"Read what you wrote dickhead before you..."
You say I didn't take notice of what YOU wrote (or whatever " how to feel NONE of which I even suggested to you" meant)
I repeat...
THIS-IS-AN-EXERPT-FROM-MY-ORIGINAL-POST(you know that button above 'reply'. Yes, right now I'm being REALLY condescending)
"...This is largely down to Steve Jobs. Imagine THE world without Apple?
It nearly happened. Who prevented..."
NOT "Imagine A world without Apple". As you MISquoted. I already explained what I meant by that sentence but yet you repeat yourself "I don't need to imagine the world without him, I lived in it quite perfectly..." On that note, out of context because you've focused on that ONE little sentence. If YOU had taken any notice, you wouldn't be so flippin' angry.
Things will always be hyped,
People will always gain more praise than they should,
Some people will always be idolised, even practically canonised when they shouldn't be.
DEAL WITH IT (oops, there I go telling people what do again, as if I could, I'm no hypnotist)
You say you're happy without Apple then BE HAPPY!
I mean, why are you even bothered...
Well, I've written my essay, hope you actually didn't get this far, look at this thing its ridiculous, I've got uni work to do!

I'm trying to take on board what you wrote but it's kinda difficult when your getting sworn at. believe it or not I'm a little sensitive to that stuff. (hmm, should I say very VERY unbecoming... na that would be taking the mick... again)

Should any reply maintain this tone, Any further communication from me WILL only be designed to annoy and scorn.
I never trolled in my life, this ain't Facebook, but if you give me an excuse...
O' and there will be others... THEY troll for fun.
DazzledByNorrington Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student Writer
I don't think it worked, sorry :giggle:

Ohhhh, interesting. Sounds scary!
greymeh Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
everyone implys that it was available to anyone, yet many artists cannot afford those tools, I'm sorry but selling is not giving.
orlarose Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. However, Xerox never applied the GUI to home computers. I'm sure someone down the line was bound to do it, but Apple just got there first.
petrova Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist
Probably :aww:
petrova Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist
Couldn't agree more :hug:
hck112 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:hmm:... Meh I was trying to mock Apple fans... oh well...

EMP generates after nuclear bomb, especially denser in hydrogen bomb. It kills all the electronic devices and systems such as computer, phone, any vehicle that built after the 80s. The worst thing is it is extremely hard to recover the electronic device being hit by EMP.

Every country on this world fear EMP as much as nuclear bomb or bio/chemical-weapon.
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