Phillipe Starck on the late Steve Jobs for Wired:
People speculate whether Apple has a future without Steve Jobs. I’m not worried, because Steve did not invent the business. He invented a way of thinking, and infused Apple with that aesthetic. And this can perpetuate because it is liberating. It is not something formal and corporate. The standards and stakes are high, but anything is possible in an environment which truly welcomes creativity.
Over the holidays, I've heard so much speculation from non-tech people about Apple's prospects post-Jobs, and I have continued to insist that Apple's outlook remains largely unfazed. They lost a visionary leader who had the ability to bring extensive ideas into a cohesive and ordered reality, but as Starck suggests, much of his influence has been wholly instilled into Apple's nature as a corporate entity.
Jobs' absence is obviously a profound loss, but speculation regarding Apple's future seems unfounded. As Starck says in his Wired piece:
People speculate whether Apple has a future without Steve Jobs. I’m not worried.
For more of Starck's design work, visit his official website here.