The story of how Time, Bloomberg and Newsweek made their cover stories around Steve Job’s passing last week is pretty great. Especially how Bloomberg’s Richard Turley speaks about it.
I’ve become a bit obsessed with pacing and organizing principles this year. For this one I really wanted to keep pictures and words and charts distinct. Initially, I didn’t want any words and pictures combined on pages. The photo essay at the beginning came about after looking at the Steve Jobs Wikiquote page, seeing these little summations of hope, love, destiny, power, work, life, that so resonate. And specifically, his commencement speech at Stanford. And it was reading that, that reminded me so much of Tibor Kalman’s rhetoric in the essay that opens his retrospective Perverse Optimist. So I stole the conceit of words over pictures. Tibor Kalman is my hero, over all others, and to grave-rob from him was…a bit difficult. But when you saw his words coming together over these pictures, it was really moving and lifted you into the issue so effortlessly. I knew it would speak to people, really get inside peoples’ heads. You can’t do that too often in magazines. So I stole. I’m sorry Tibor.
That Bloomberg made everything from beginning to end between 8 pm-8 am is more than impressive.