How the news covered (and designed for) Steve Jobs’ passing

“If anyone had doubts about the viability or importance of newsweeklies in the modern media world, they should have been dashed by the response last week to the death of Apple’s Steve Jobs,” Robert Newman reports for SPD. “Not only did Time, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Newsweek stop their production cycles on a dime and revamp with well-thought out and brilliantly-designed special issues, but they also, with covers, photos, and graphic treatments, helped drive the whole worldwide conversation about the ‘meaning ‘s Steve Jobs, turning a moment of sorrow into one of inspiration and creativity.”

“Each of the three magazines built on their visual voices to create unique graphic packages,” Newman reports. “Now that they’ve had a chance to catch up on their sleep, and have their adrenaline levels return to normal, we caught up with the art directors of Time, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Newsweek, and asked them to describe the process they each went through to create their special Jobs covers and issues.”

MacDailyNews Take: Newsweek is a joke, a parody of its long-lost self, and those behind it ought to be flattered out of their biased, sensationalist minds to be included in the same sentence with real newsweeklies.

Read more, and see many images (covers, behind-the-scenes shots, etc.) in the full article here.

Also, Poynter’s Julie Moos reports, “On Thursday, magazine covers were redesigned and newspaper front pages from California to Brazil honored the 56-year-old technology innovator who changed our lives and imaginations with his inventions.”

“On Friday, international papers caught up to the news and used the iconic Apple logo to honor Jobs,” Moos reports.

See all of the covers in the full article, “iMemorial: Steve Jobs honored on front pages, magazine covers, news & tech websites,” here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Daniel N.” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


  1. I wonder how the world and media will react to the death of other tech innovators in coming years? Do you suppose they’re observing the response to Jobs and thinking, ‘wow, if they react like that for Steve, I wonder what they’ll do for me?’. Ballmer? Gates? Dell? Etc.

    1. Gates will probably receive similar treatment, for recognition of his monopoly building as well as his attempts to buy his way into heaven.

      Ballmer, Dell, Fiorina, Apotheker, et al. will get a brief mention on the obituary page (or equivalent, if they receive any mention at all.

      Woz might get more mention than the aforementioned crowd.

      1. However, Gates, if he lives as long as Steve Jobs should have, will be many years past his role as Microsoft founder, and it is hard to imagine that the company will be as dominant in the computer world as it is today. He may be brilliant but he is as devoid of charisma as Microsoft products are devoid of innovation. On the day that he dies, the newsrooms of 2045 will be peopled with staffers — or robots — young enough to be his grandchildren. The humans, at least, will turn to each other and say, “Who is Bill Gates?” They might even say, “What was Microsoft?” Thus, the death of an old man from the dawn of the computer age will not in any way be marked like the loss of Steve Jobs — dying, as he did, at a time of unmatched personal and corporate popularity and success.

    2. Anyone else read the scrolling tributes on the Apple site? One guys said something similar to: You’ll be remembered along with the great minds of Leonardo DaVinci, Thomas Edison, and Bill Gates.” I thought I was gonna gag on that one. Thankfully only ONE human being clueless enough to post something that stupid.

  2. The French newspaper Liberation did it so beautifully;
    that said it all in such a respectful way. My French friends who are avid Apple users are just as heartbroken as we are. I believe Steve Jobs may have liked the cover even though he shunned the limelight personally.

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