Steve Jobs Costuming Study

Curated collection of biographical and visual resources for purposes of Steve Jobs costuming and performance.

Steven Paul Jobs

  Born: February 24th 1955 in San Francisco California. (Pisces, a Thursday)
  Died: October 5th 2011 in Palo Alto California (aged 56.7 of cancer, a Wednesday).
  Education: Graduated Homestead High School ('72), leaft Reed College.
  Religion: Raised Lutheran, became Zen Buddhism.
  Spouse: Laurene Powell (m. 1991-end)
  Children: Lisa Brennan-Jobs (with high school girlfriend Chrisann Brennan). Reed, Erin, Eve (with Laurene Powell).
  Adoptive parents: Paul and Clara Jobs.
  Biological parents: Joanne Schieble Simpson and Abdulfattah Jandali (German and Syrian ethnicity).

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  • Steve Jobs (2015) - Director: Danny Boyle. Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin. Book: Walter Isaacson. With: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, ...
  • Jobs (2013) - Director: Joshua Michael Stern. Writer: Matt Whiteley. With: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Matthew Modine, ...
  • Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999) - Director: Martyn Burke. Book: Paul Freiberger, Michael Swaine. With: Noah Wyle, Joey Slotnick, Anthony Michael Hall, Wayne Pere, John DiMaggio, Josh Hopkins, ...



  • Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
  • Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?
  • Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
  • One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.
  • Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
  1. Go Into Your Cave
  2. It's Okay to Be King
  3. Transcend Orthodoxy
  4. Just Say No
  5. Serve Your Customer. No, Really
  6. Everything Is Marketing
  7. Kill the Past
  8. Turn Feedback Into Inspiration
  9. Don't Invent, Reinvent
  10. Play by Your Own Clock
  • We're here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?
  • What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.
  • Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.
  • Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
  • If you live each day as if it's your last, someday you'll most certainly be right
  • Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.
  • You know, we don't grow most of the food we eat. We wear clothes other people make. We speak a language that other people developed. We use a mathematics that other people evolved... I mean, we're constantly taking things. It's a wonderful, ecstatic feeling to create something that puts it back in the pool of human experience and knowledge.
  • There's a phrase in Buddhism, 'Beginner's mind.' It's wonderful to have a beginner's mind.
  • We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on.
  • I'm the only person I know that's lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year... It's very character-building.
  • I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates.
  • It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them.
  • I think death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old models that are obsolete.
  • That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.
  • When you're a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you're not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will see it. You'll know it's there, so you're going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.
  • Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.
  • 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.
  • You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.