Like many I feel a sense of loss at the passing of Steve Jobs.
I feel some connection with him based on a commitment to a spiritual life and a joy in design. Not sure we would have got on that well if we had ever met – I think he would consider me a bit animated (or arty!) but who can tell.
Anyway two quotes of his which echo for me and which also lie at the heart of RedBubble.
“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.
In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service."
I see serendipity in RedBubble releasing our iPhone cases at exactly the same time (within a few minutes) of the announcement of his death. Not sure it is meaningful but it feels it.