Steve Jobs Apple silhouette logo not entirely original

Last week, the image of Apple's logo redesigned to show the silhouette of its founder Steve Jobs became a huge viral hit on the Internet. Apple fans mourned the passing of Jobs at the age of 56 by posting the image on their Twitter pages, web sites and Facebook pages. Now the creator of the image, 19 year old Hong Kong student Jonathan Mak, has admitted to Reuters that the idea behind the image wasn't entirely original.

Mak first created his version of the Apple logo in August when Jobs stepped down as CEO. But a U.K.-based designer, who is only known as "Raid7", apparently created his own version of the Apple logo with Jobs' silhouette replacing the bite back in May. Mak's version does looks different than the one created by "Raid7". Mak denies that he lifted his design from "Raid7", saying, "I still arrived at the solution on my own, and my conscience is still clear, but I'm more than happy to acknowledge the fact that somebody did it before me."

Regardless of who was the first who came up with the idea of putting Jobs' image in the Apple logo, it is Mak's version that has generated the media attention. The redesign has also been used by some people to sell caps and t-shirts on eBay. Last week Mak said that he was "both excited and terrified" about all the attention his version of the Apple logo has generated on the Internet. He claimed to have even received a job offer due to the logo redesign.

Image via Apple/Jonathan Mak

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I said earlier. Jobs was a tech figure, he deserves to be in the news, and plenty of us want to read it. But this is just deadset trash. Who gives a stuff who 'invented' a logo that will never ever, ever be used?

No idea is original!

As Albert Einstein once said, "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."

Must we really post everything that is mentioned about Steve Jobs?

The guy was important in the tech industry...not a god...move on. I know Jobs threads have been attracting a lot of attention...but seriously, its getting old.

techbeck said,
Must we really post everything that is mentioned about Steve Jobs?

The guy was important in the tech industry...not a god...move on. I know Jobs threads have been attracting a lot of attention...but seriously, its getting old.

You think we should make a fuss when gods die? Bah!

(LOL That's what I got from your post.)

techbeck said,
Must we really post everything that is mentioned about Steve Jobs?

The guy was important in the tech industry...not a god...move on. I know Jobs threads have been attracting a lot of attention...but seriously, its getting old.


He was important in the tech industry.. this is a tech site..

willdev said,
The apple logo is dedicated to Alan Turing anyways

The logo of Apple computer is often erroneously referred to as a tribute to Alan Turing, with the bite mark a reference to his method of suicide. Both the designer of the logo and the company deny that there is any homage to Turing in the design of the logo

Muhammad Farrukh said,
Who cares?

because it's something about Steve Jobs. People will care at least for another month or so...

Not that I'm not iSad though

kimatg said,

because it's something about Steve Jobs. People will care at least for another month or so...

Not that I'm not iSad though

haha iwordplay, like those comments!