Wanted: A Portrait Of Steve Jobs Made From The Parts Of A MacBook Pro

“That morning in the studio, when we heard the sad news, it seemed fitting to create a tribute to Steve Jobs using his own work,” designer Genis Carreras tells Co.Design.

Ever since Steve Jobs died October 5, we’ve seen countless homages--some classier than others--but Genis Carreras’s blows them all away: It’s a portrait of Jobs built from the parts of a disassembled Apple laptop.

Carreras, a 23-year-old graphic designer at the London design studio Mint Digital, and his colleague Ben Redford got the idea when they learned of Jobs’s death. “That morning in the studio, when we heard the sad news, it seemed fitting to create a tribute to Steve Jobs using his own work,” Carreras tells Co.Design. So they took an old MacBook Pro, whose guts they had planned to use for another project, and started arranging the suite of screws and chips and hinges into the contours of Jobs’s face.

Kinda’ makes Jobs look like a robot, right? Which is entirely fitting. Jobs was a technocrat whose tremendous output and vision made him seem, until the day he died, superhuman.

The portrait is available as a poster for $20 to $55, depending on size. All proceeds go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Order a copy here.

[Images courtesy of Genis Carreras]

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  • taryn_nefdt

    Its very sad for me that fastcode design does not hire more eloquent bloggers, and the ones that they do have, need to put others down in order to build the things or the people that they consider good - up.

    As the author of the "less classy" piece referred to in this article, I can solidly state that the piece did not contain nudity, vulgar language etc and thus did 
    not deserve the less "classy" dig.

    Also it is most disappointing that a design company hires staff who do not
    know the difference between three very different art mediums.

    The first piece that the writer refers to would be classified as vector based
    digital art. My piece would be raster based digital art, and the piece that the writer was "blown away" by would be digital mixed media art.

    So its like comparing a sculpture to a tapestry.

    Also they were all inspired by different things as well. The first vector based artwork seems to emulate the very clean lines of Apple and the simple designs they are famous for, and incorporates this in the tribute.

    My piece was inspired by the famous

    "Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers,
    the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things
    differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree
    with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is
    ignore them because they change things... they push the human race
    forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius,
    because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the
    world, are the ones who do"

    So it was meant to be different, offbeat and unusual and was not emulating
    the clean lines of the vector based Apple format.

    It was meant to explore the creative aspect of Steve Jobs personality -
    something that could not be defined, and clearly I was vilified for it.

    The only classless behavior exhibited was by the writer - who did NOT obtain my permission from me to use my tribute, and my Flickr account is under my real name, also it kind of amounts to spam - you are using my piece albeit negatively to advertise something you are apparently "blown away by" which I strongly object to.

    It is very tacky behavior and amounts to visiting memorials and writing editorials picking apart gifts or tributes sent: for example visiting a funeral  and then loudly proclaiming "oh that wrapping on that gift was so cheap" etc.

    It is tacky and classless and I would like you to REMOVE the link to my
    picture - work on your writing skills and then use them to praise or justify why you think something is good, without needing to break some one else down.

    Also I never claimed my piece was the most technically accomplished piece nor did I request critique on my work.

    Also you seem to be a commercial company and yet again if you received money to advertise the piece of work you consider to be "blown away by" or you make money off this article, then you are not "just" a blogger on the internet posting an opinion and thus different laws and rules of etiquette govern your behavior, and I do not appreciate that in addition to this article, you also published it to blogs of yours Tumblr, for example  - and many of these companies DO have policies governing behavior for commercial companies.

    I also received harassment and had to block various users from posting on
     this tribute - due to your behavior - so that is incitement.

    I have taken the first step and contacted the company and am asking you to remove the link to my work, if you do not I will take the next subsequent steps needed.

  • Joe_Watler

    Grimlok77, there is more then 500.000 Chinese apple workers in just one big factory in China. They have problems with high rates of suicide resulting from bad working environment. Its so big a problem that the Chinese subcontractor has written into the worker-subcontractor contract, that they will provide no compensation to families in case of suicide.

    Steve Jobs was brilliant but had limited empathy. 

  • Kasukoo13

    I wish he could have seen this before he died! His genius was far beyond his years. I wish I could have thanked him myself, for his work the IPAD gave my Autisitic grandbaby a means of communication, creativity,enjoyment and hours of keeping busy. He taught himself to use it, he first started on mine and I bought Jim his own, when he amazed me with what he was able to do. I still can't do the things he can. He was 5 years old when I bought it and nonverbal, he's now 6 being verbal everyday now, he's beautiful in character and spirit and very peaceful and loving, the only time he cries, is when his IPAD dies..he hates to leave it charging except at night! It sleeps while he sleeps. First thing in morning he now can say good morning and IPAD!!

  • Grimlok77

      Lex LuthorWhat an idoit.  When did Steve Jobs hire Chinese workers?  Please go away.

  • Lex Luthor

    Cool picture. You should make another one out of the bones of the Chinese factory workers who killed themselves because of the horrible working conditions and low pay that Steve Jobs so graciously gave them.