'Why You Are Not Steve Jobs'

Eric Zelermyer, writing at Medium:

Steve Jobs’ real significance, what makes him an icon, is that he merged the qualities we traditionally associate with business leadership — market-savviness, ruthlessness, financial stewardship, and, yes, marketing ability — with a fanatical devotion to the aesthetics and user experience of his products. Jobs was famously meticulous about the tiniest of details in all his products, from the kerning of the fonts to the color of the icons, because he had a near-religious belief that those things made a difference in the quality of a user’s experience, and therefore had an impact on their lives. And his was not purely a curatorial approach; this is a man who personally conceived and patented the design of the glass stairs for the flagship Apple store, among many other contributions.

(via Jonathan Hoover)