New, from The Steve Jobs Archive:
A curated collection of Steve’s speeches, interviews and
correspondence, Make Something Wonderful offers an unparalleled
window into how one of the world’s most creative entrepreneurs
approached his life and work. In these pages, Steve shares his
perspective on his childhood, on launching and being pushed out of
Apple, on his time with Pixar and NeXT, and on his ultimate return
to the company that started it all.
From Laurene Powell Jobs’s introduction:
Steve once told a group of students, “You appear, have a chance to
blaze in the sky, then you disappear.” He gave an extraordinary
amount of thought to how best to use our fleeting time. He was
compelled by the notion of being part of the arc of human
existence, animated by the thought that he — or that any of us — might elevate or expedite human progress.
It is hard enough to see what is already there, to gain a clear
view. Steve’s gift was greater still: he saw clearly what was not
there, what could be there, what had to be there. His mind was
never a captive of reality. Quite the contrary: he imagined what
reality lacked and set out to remedy it. His ideas were not
arguments, but intuitions, born of a true inner freedom and an
epic sense of possibility.
There’s a (very?) limited print edition that is not for sale, but is being given to Apple employees and others who were close to Jobs (such as Jony Ive’s team at LoveFrom, who clearly produced this work and the lovely apple tree logomark). It’s freely available on Apple Books (nice URL), but I think the best way to read it, if you’re not fortunate enough to have access to the printed book, is the website. It’s just lovely.
Sebastiaan de With, on Twitter:
It’s hard to capture the delight of a real book, but this website
does a fantastic job coming close. Lots delightful, thoughtful
I say ‘ebook’ because it isn’t a word used anywhere on the
website, likely for good reason: there are no good ebooks. The
ePub file lacks all the delight of the beautiful website. Books on
Apple Books are objectively worse than their written counterparts.
This might be nicer.
Try jumping around using the ‘line of contents’. Super nice stuff.
The website even remembers where you left off.
★ Tuesday, 11 April 2023