Apple cofounder Steve Jobs (1955-2011) had such an enormous impact on so many people that his life often took on aspects of myth. But much of his success was due to collaboration with designers, engineers, and thinkers. "The Zen of Steve Jobs" [Wiley, $19.95] tells the story of Jobs's relationship with one such person: Kobun Chino Otogawa. Kobun was a Zen Buddhist priest who emigrated to the United States from Japan in the early 1970s. He was an innovator, lacked appreciation for rules, and was passionate about art and design. Kobun was to Buddhism as Jobs was to the computer business: a renegade and maverick. It wasn't long before the two became friends--a relationship that was not built to last. This graphic book is a reimagining of that friendship. The story moves back and forth in time, from the 1970s to 2011, but centers on the period after Jobs's exile from Apple in 1985 when he took up intensive study with Kobun. Their time together was integral to the big leaps that Apple took later on with its product design and business strategy. Told using stripped-down dialogue and bold calligraphic panels, The Zen of Steve Jobs explores how Jobs might have honed his design aesthetic through the study of Eastern religion, but in the end, he took from Zen only what he needed and left the rest behind.
Zen of Steve Jobs
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