Today it’s been exactly one week since the very sad and untimely death of Steve Jobs. Since then, people all over the world have posted tributes online and offline to honor the visionary who has transformed all our lives. Even the Apple store right down the street from my house has an entire shrine set up in the store to honor Steve Jobs, and it’s full of flowers, candles, handwritten notes and special items people have left there in his memory. Some of the tributes we’ve all seen online were of course created by very talented artists, and they have gone viral many times over. Those can be seen on Twitter in the form of avatars, all over Facebook and Google+, and on blogs everywhere (we’ve even featured some even here on Bit Rebels).
However, there are probably tens of thousands if not more tributes to Steve Jobs that are from unknown artists, children, geeks and ordinary people like you and me from over the world. Until today, we’ve really only seen a small handful of those. Since there are so many wonderful tributes to Steve Jobs, and they all have so much emotion and heartfelt gratitude in them, I decided to feature my top 50.
I spent several hours going through all the artistic tributes, handwritten notes, candle vigils, stunning Photoshop creations, iPad and iPhone drawings, sticky-note collages, creative photographs, etc… and I’ve chosen my favorite 50 to share with you today. They each have a special feeling about them, but the one thing they have in common is that they are all beautiful tributes to Steve. Thank you to all these artists for sharing their inspiration and creativity with the world. All of the image credits are at the bottom of this article. Steve, you will never be forgotten. Thank you for making technology feel like a fun adventure!
“Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to Steve Jobs’ family and friends. The world rarely sees someone who made such a profound impact.” ~Bill Gates, Co-Founder and Chairman of Microsoft, and Melinda Gates
“Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.” ~Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook
“Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn’t just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement.” ~Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter
“He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me.” ~Larry Page, CEO of Google
Image Credits: [onextrapixel] [inflexwetrust] [Design You Trust] [gnews] [CNN Go] [Golden Brush Art] [yhyqart] [Bang Style] [kuriositas] [Liyin the Designer-in-Pajamas / flickr] [wynk / flickr] [jenbeez / flickr] [joecassara / flickr] [crosti / flickr] [Liyin the Designer-in-Pajamas 2] [sonofabike / flickr] [tomaz2k / flickr] [Karen Blix / flickr] [Gabriele Sblendorio / flickr] [Gilderic / flickr] [PC Magazine] [Steve Jobs QR Code] [Buzzfeed]