Steve Jobs and Me

October 6, 2011 • Louie Mantia

When I was sixteen years old, I dreamed of a day that I’d be able to work at Apple, and when the day came that I got an email forwarded down to me from Steve about how the blue in the icon wasn’t beautiful enough, I knew I was living that dream.

In April 2010, I joined the iTunes team and was tasked with creating the next iTunes icon. I wasn’t the only one working on it, but after many icons were presented, Steve Jobs chose one of mine.

I sent emails up the chain with new designs, and got forwarded emails with feedback and ideas from the person I trusted and admired most. Though it was incredibly stressful, working with Steve on this icon was—without a doubt—the most enjoyable project in my professional career.

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