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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser


Steve Jobs

Walter Issaacson


I'm tempted to scoff a bit at Steve Job's focus on design. I have a complex relationship with the assumptions people make based on appearance. I tend to look at computers in pragmatic terms.

On the other hand, I know I am interested My Little Pony largely because of its graphic design -- because of the way the appearance of the characters make me feel -- because of the substance I assume to exist even though the pragmatic part of my mind would say no substance exists behind the pretty graphic or animation. (And I have strong opinions about what is great and what, as Jobs would say, is "shit.")

So it's hard to dismiss Job's vision wholeheartedly, and likewise it's hard to dismiss the value of appearance as much as I'd like.