29Mar

The Beauty of Arts and Technology by Walter Issacson’s Accounts of Steve Jobs

It is a beautiful thing when two worlds combine. For Steve Jobs, those worlds were that of technology and that of the arts. He found a sweet spot where many lay (myself included).

The arts plays a large part in the American economy and more notably, how we live. At the end of the day, people like to be entertained, moved, and escaped from. So when we think of technology, there is no reason these two should be separated. Jobs got that.

Here is an exert of Walter Isaacson’s The Real Lessons we Learned from Steve Jobs, taken from the Harvard Business Review:

Combine the Humanities with the Sciences

“I always thought of myself as a humanities person as a kid, but I liked electronics,” Jobs told me on the day he decided to cooperate on a biography. “Then I read something that one of my heroes, Edwin Land of Polaroid, said about the importance of people who could stand at the intersection of humanities and sciences, and I decided that’s what I wanted to do.” It was as if he was describing the theme of his life, and the more I studied him, the more I realized that this was, indeed, the essence of his tale.

He connected the humanities to the sciences, creativity to technology, arts to engineering. There were greater technologists (Wozniak, Gates), and certainly better designers and artists. But no one else in our era could better firewire together poetry and processors in a way that jolted innovation. And he did it with an intuitive feel for business strategy. At almost every product launch over the past decade, Jobs ended with a slide that showed a sign at the intersection of Liberal Arts and Technology Streets.

The creativity that can occur when a feel for both the humanities and the sciences exists in one strong personality was what most interested me in my biographies of Franklin and Einstein, and I believe that it will be a key to building innovative economies in the 21st century. It is the essence of applied imagination, and it’s why both the humanities and the sciences are critical for any society that is to have a creative edge in the future.

Even when he was dying, Jobs set his sights on disrupting more industries. He had a vision for turning textbooks into artistic creations that anyone with a Mac could fashion and craft—something that Apple announced in January 2012. He also dreamed of producing magical tools for digital photography and ways to make television simple and personal. Those, no doubt, will come as well. And even though he will not be around to see them to fruition, his rules for success helped him build a company that not only will create these and other disruptive products, but will stand at the intersection of creativity and technology as long as Jobs’s DNA persists at its core.

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24Mar

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17Mar

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-03-17

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  • @IOFlood I saw call what you want to be as if it were, but be able to back it up like crazy (so get on it if that is the case) #
  • Currently American politics is an issue of Big Coefficient thinking vs. New Reality thinking… maybe we should take a peek at the latter #
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15Mar

This Week’s Books in 140 Characters

As inspired by NYC based writer, Julien Smith, here my week’s reads:

I respect Cutrone a lot for her PR work, she should not be an author. skip it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ignore the second Foreword by Fake Steve Jobs, whether or not you are a seasoned entrepreneur or soon-to-be, there is something you can learn from Kawasaki.

(This is over by 16 characters but needed to be said)

 

 

 

 

 

-Jenna

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