Three years have already passed without Steve Jobs.
On October 5th, 2014 my good friends at Typorn.Org
launched a special feature on Steve Jobs' life focusing on his contribution to typography. For the occasion they have asked me to create a series of typographic mosaic portraits to illustrate their articles and to be printed as co-memorial posters.
I have decided to base my work on a series of photos, taken during the early 80s, by the renowned South African rock-star photographer Norman Seeff
. The mosaic portraits were created with the first set of Macintosh fonts created by interface designer Susan Kare
. I have used six of the early typefaces for my illustrations.
Reminiscent of the early days of Macintosh and its iconic typefaces I have chosen these portraits of Steve Jobs and Susan Kare to be 1-bit images - just like the ones made by MacPaint, one of the first digital art programs. In fact, all the levels of grey are made out of black and white pixels. In the first poster of Jobs, I used the Chicago and Monaco font. In the second and third - Chicago, Monaco and Geneva. In the portrait of Susan Kare I used all six fonts - Chicago, Monaco, Geneva, New York, Athens and San Francisco.