Losing Steve affected me more than it probably should have, given that I never met him or had any correspondence with him.
But losing him was devastating — not just to my world, but the world.
He was a sort of virtual father figure: I was always hoping that maybe Steve would notice something I did.
We all wanted his attention and approval, and that drove us to do better work — even those of us who never worked at Apple.
Nobody replaced him in this role. Nobody can.
But as an outsider who had no personal relationship with him to mourn, it has been most depressing to consider how much of his work the world missed out on.
He wasn’t taken from us after a long, complete life — he was taken in his prime.
He had so much more to offer the world.