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A Designer's Glimpse Of Steve Jobs In A "Good Old-Fashioned Rage"

Eds note: Below, David Laituri, former design director at Polaroid, former partner at Lunar Design, and the founder & CEO of Vers audio, recalls one of Steve Jobs’s fiery moments. The post is part of an ongoing thread in which we’ve asked readers to share their memories of Jobs.

Throughout much of the '90s I was a partner with Lunar Design located in downtown Palo Alto. I lived about a mile from downtown, and about six blocks from Steve’s house. I would often see him around town biking with his daughter or in the local Safeway checking out cold medicine. Mostly just sightings really, of an average guy enjoying life.

I do remember one particular night riding home late one Sunday evening through his neighborhood, and as I got closer to his house, I could see there was a blue glow coming from a corner window that lit up the street. Closer still and I could see Steve was giving someone one hell of a chewing out on a video conference. Lots of apparent yelling, lots of finger pointing--good old fashioned rage. Was glad I was on the other side of that window …with an escape route.


Years later, as director of design for Polaroid (the Apple of 1972), I learned that Steve was an admirer of Dr. Land, Polaroid’s founder, and that the two had met on more then one occasion. I sent Steve a short email asking him what he thought of his encounter with Land with zero expectations of a response, but to my surprise he did respond: "He was an amazing man."

You were too, Steve--you will most certainly be missed.

More on Jobs at FastCompany.com.

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16 Comments

  • Michael Barron

    The only think I find weirder than this article is the fact that Fast Co. decided to to publish it... usually such a good source of Design-y news, what on earth is this?

  • Ho Melvin

    Is alright to F*@# people up and shake their comfort zone. Sometimes is frustrating for a passionate person to change the world with a bunch of zombie working for him. Everyone must have on the same path with him in order to achieve vision. Stay hungry and stay foolish. 

  • BongBong

    It's nice to remember the unvarnished truth of people before the whitewashing begins by revisionists. I prefer to understand the full measure of a person.

  • Stacy Alexander

    GASP!!!

    You mean Steve Jobs was actually HUMAN??!!!  He had emotions just like everyone else?!  OMG!!  This is incredible!!

  • amanda

    This article made no sense... and really not insightful at all. "I saw him yelling in a window." WTF cares? Def self serving for the author.

  • Trobertson

    I honestly think if Steve were hear to read this thread he would laugh at the absurdity of the article AND the comments. Wow!

  • Rrpillai

    The man has not yet had his funeral, the world is still mourning and is in a state of shock and we are already talking negative..
    Pleassssssse show some self control and respect, it sometimes reflects on ones own self.. Even though the above article shared a positive remark, the editor chose to "sensationalize" the story with the "negative" title..
    BTW: I am not an Apple fan (but not a hater) but appreciate Steve's conribution to the technology world.. RIP Steve, we will miss you..

  • Donathl

    I am so sorry to say this, but this is drivel and truly provides no significant insight. Feels self-serving to me. It says way more about the author than about Jobs!

  • Regrubble

    Take it easy with the negative comments. It's people like David that take the time to reflect and share their thoughts that give us real insight. For those who choose to share negative comments and small digs, keep them to yourself.

  • NICK THE GRAMMAR NAZI

    So, Dave, you were hiding in the bushes, looking in the window of a private residence and letting us all know you are a peeping tom; and you took this opportunity to plug a few businesses.  Classy.

  • Asquonk

    It's good to live in the same place as famous people. Looking in their windows really makes you feel connected to them, and reinforces your mutual humanity.

  • Itsme_d

    I once saw Christian Bale at the Banana Republic on 5th Avenue, NYC. I was about 50 ft. away and he never saw me, but I felt we really connected that day while he looked at a few shirts. What an inspiration to us all.

    The end.