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Proof that good design matters

In a world of third-rate products, Steve Jobs gave us greatness

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During the past few weeks, every time I've had to use yet another badly designed appliance, or had to sit idling at yet another ineptly timed traffic light, or had to decipher yet another garbled set of instructions, I've thought of one man: Steve Jobs. And I wish there could've been a hundred more like him. There's no doubt that, with Jobs' passing, the world has lost one of the most important visionaries of the last 100 years. But for me, the loss has less to do with his putting a computer for the rest of us on a million desktops, nor with his uncanny knack for creating things that people didn't even know they needed. Granted, these accomplishments are vastly important to Jobs' legacy. But to my mind, his ultimate triumph was his singular skill at persuading a largely indifferent public that excellent design really matters. He wanted us all to be as passionate about beauty and simplicity as he himself was.And to the extent that Apple's famously intuitive and user-friendl...