I did most of my term paper on Jef Raskin. He is the only one that can be credited for the Macintosh. If it weren't for him there would be no Mac.
He took a lot of abuse from Steve, so I'm curious what he's thinking right now.
Jef has left a huge mark on the electronics industry. He will always be remembered.
Jef Raskin, the interface expert credited for the original Macintosh, passed away this weekend from Pancreatic Cancer.
According to a statement from his family, Raskin died Saturday night at his home in Pacifica. Raskin Joined Apple in 1978 as the 31st employee and spearheaded a small team on a project that would become the Macintosh.
Raskin was also responsible for naming the product "Macintosh" after his favorite fruit. Despite his role in the project, Raskin left Apple in 1982 after a falling-out with Steve Jobs. The Macintosh was launched in 1984.
I may have come to the party late(over 1 year ago since I bought my first Mac), but you were a genius. I place you along side both Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak as geniuses that made my life wiith a computer better....even if Microsoft copied Apple's interface or if you copied it from the Altos, both you, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak helped make computers better for all of us and brought forth advances of the like we may never see again in our lives. Thanks for caring about about the user.
It's always sad when someone dies, and Mr Raskin was truely a GUI pioneer - the Humaine Interface should be compulsary reading for all GUI designers.
Is it only me that thinks Apple should put some tribute to him on thier front page? They've done it for famous actors, dancers, visionaries and other talented people that 'think different' - why not Jef?
I actually met him once when he gave a talk at MIT on user interface a couple years ago. He had a real passion for making things simple and straightforward to use. I remember he talked about how terrible it is to have stove knobs all lined up in a row, and how to deal with the problem of running of bathroom tissues (not trivial). He did talk about interface between human and computer too. ;-) Meeting him, I could see how he came to the original Macintosh GUI.
I think he was somewhat disgusted by modern OS's GUIs, OS X included. It would have been interesting to see what he'd come up with if he was in charge of designing OS X's GUI.
Anyone else notice that Jef died from the same cancer that Steve was just in the hospital for a few months ago? Strange that two of the original Macintosh team members were to have the same cancer affect each of them around the same time even though they are about 10 years apart.
1. In most pancreatic cancer it is fatal with 3-9 months (around 28950 out of 29000 per year). When I saw how quickly he died, I guessed it was from pancreatic cancer.
2. Steve Jobs had the 'better' form of pancreatic cancer (the more treatable kind) last year. Islet cell. It is somewhat ironic that both had some form of pancreatic cancer.
3. My mom passed away from it in April 1999 and I was one of the founding Board of directors of the leading Pancreatic Cancer charity - see http://www.pancan.org/ for ways you can help from volunteering to anything.