On the Apple/Steve logo, and unexpected connections.
I was not planning to write at length about this subject anymore, but something made me want to share my thoughts one last time:
I received a comment yesterday from Albert, a Chinese gentleman in his late 50s, who saw a few photos I took that reminded him of his childhood.
His story is very long, deeply personal, and a joy to read. I was not exactly sure how to respond in the comments, so I’m making this post. Because his message represents everything that’s been so wonderful about the experience.
I’ve been meaning to say this for a while: the best thing about my design going viral is not the publicity, or even the support I got from around the world (even though I greatly appreciate it). It’s the people I get to talk to, and the tales they share with me.
Whether it’s an email from Kevin Kern (the pianist — whose CD I later knew my father actually owns) sharing the role Apple products play in his life due to his visual impairment, or the story of a Chinese woman immigrating to the US, I love it all. I’ve met both “ordinary” people such as myself, and powerful individuals. Their stories and philosophies are equally fascinating.
Interestingly, the things people tell me are not always directly related to Apple, but I find that even more amazing in a way: the design has not only resonated with people concerning Steve’s passing, but has simply become a “window” for me to make all these connections. The comment I just received is not even about the design, but I assume that was how he found my blog.
It would be naive of me to think all these responses are a start to many friendships, but I treasure all these bits and pieces of life experiences people have shared. I’ll never forget the experience.
So, thank you, Albert, for your comment. It was a long and delightful read.
Maybe you’d like to share your thoughts? ;)