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Steve Jobs may have passed away over a decade ago, but his impact on the world of technology and design continues to be felt. As the co-founder of Apple and Pixar, Jobs was known for his creativity, his passion, and his relentless pursuit of excellence. And now, a new book is set to capture some of the wisdom that he gained during his lifetime.
“Make Something Wonderful: Steve Jobs in his own words” is a collection of notes, drafts, letters, speeches, oral histories, interviews, photos, and mementos that offer a glimpse into Jobs’ life and work. The book, which will be available online for free starting on April 11, was compiled by a small group of Jobs’ family, friends, and former colleagues.
Described as a “posthumous memoir” or a “scrapbook album”, “Make Something Wonderful” is a testament to Jobs’ belief that life is a story that we write for ourselves. “Imagine yourself as an old person looking back on your life,” he wrote in a June 2005 email to himself. “Your life will be a story. It will be your story, with its highs and lows, its heroes and villains, its forks in the road that mean everything”.
For those who knew Jobs, the book will be a bittersweet reminder of his brilliance and his passion. But for those who never had the chance to meet him, it will be an opportunity to learn from one of the most influential figures in the history of technology.
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The fact that the book was designed by LoveFrom, the firm founded by Jony Ive, Apple’s former chief design officer, is no coincidence. With its mostly gray and white, minimalist aesthetic, “Make Something Wonderful” resembles an Apple product in many ways. And that’s fitting, given that Jobs was so closely associated with the company that he co-founded.
While some physical copies of the book will be produced for Apple and Disney employees, the general public will be able to access “Make Something Wonderful” online through the Steve Jobs Archive website and Apple Books.