He was put up for adoption, dated Joan Baez and discovered a sister
With all the tributes to Steve Jobs, one thing tends to get forgotten: the man helped us write. Jobs was the first to give us a real choice of fonts, and thus the ability to express ourselves digitally with emotion, clarity and variety. He made Type Gods of us all.
Friends and colleagues of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs talk about his life and the legacy he leaves behind.
Founded by two moms on a self-proclaimed "tasty mission," Tasty Brand has since evolved into a small company selling organic snack brands in fun, upbeat packaging.
You've researched, planned and shot an excellent photographic story -- well, unfortunately your work is not done.
In my pre-kid life, I never imagined that someday I'd be a stay-at-home mom -- hey, I didn't go to grad school to spend my days changing diapers. But when I held my first baby, Mathilda, I had a complete change of heart. As soon as we locked eyes, all those career and financial worries faded. They didn't disappear, but they certainly became secondary.
Many radiologists rely on specialized computer software to pinpoint suspicious areas in routine mammograms.
If one legendary basketball superstar on the cover of your video game is great, what about three?
The days of stinky litter boxes could be coming to an end.
Candidates can only be in one place at one time, but their logos can be anywhere.
The latest version of Apple's widely-used Final Cut Pro high-end video-editing software may not be ready for its closeup.
In Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, the Once-ler manufactures Thneeds, a does-everything garment that "all people need." But a quick glance at the bizarre creation makes it obvious that no one actually needs such a thing.
Anyone entering Cory Arcangel's exhibition "Pro Tools" at New York's Whitney Museum this week could be excused for thinking they had stepped into a technology morgue. As the The New Yorker's Andrea K. Scott puts it, Cory finds "abject beauty in the way that modern technology is doomed to obsolescence."
Using materials such as Nintendo cartridges and obsolete computers, Cory Arcangel's works fuse technology and art.
Imagine a tiny boat afloat on a thrashing sea, water pouring through a gaping hole in the hull.
Google does battle with Microsoft in most of its business areas, but it's gearing up to tackle the big daddy of them all: Windows.
Apple has unveiled Final Cut Pro X, the newest version of its popular video-editing software.
CNN's Phil Han takes a look at some of the best April Fools' Day pranks.
Search giant Google on Friday debuted a "motion-controlled" e-mail system that lets users write digital messages by moving their bodies instead of typing on keyboards, which Google says are "outdated" and "inefficient."
Nearly 150 former employees of Japan Airlines sued the company Wednesday, demanding their jobs back.
To many tech fanatics, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is a mythical hero -- a technological savior who has been compared to Jesus on several occasions.
Starbucks Corp. debuted a logo Wednesday that brings the iconic green Siren out of the circle and drops the words "Starbucks Coffee."
Less than a year ago, some technology pundits questioned whether Apple's "iTablet" would find any buyers.
Fresh out of work, information technology executive Michael Lee knew he was facing a tough market when he started job hunting in the fall.
Facebook is the biggest name in social networking. But overnight, it got smaller.
Social media consultant Peter Shankman talks to CNN's Richard Quest about the quick reaction to Gap's new logo.
The internet's logo snobs won this one.
The Gap is reverting to its classic logo after a new logo it debuted on its website ignited a customer backlash.
A new logo is a gamble. It can brighten up a company's image -- or enrage loyal customers.
Users of Google's search page were greeted Tuesday with a screen of colorful, interactive dots, even though the company didn't immediately explain why.
The singer debuts artsy new album cover - that smells as sweet as it looks!
Dear computer users: If you're ever going to write a fuming letter, think twice before setting the font to the oh-so-mockable Comic Sans.
In an attempt to move beyond drab typography on the Web, Google on Wednesday released 18 freely usable fonts and an open-source tool designed to smooth over browser issues in displaying downloaded fonts.
Think back to those doodles you've inked in the margins of your notepad in school, at work or while listening on the phone.
Yahoo's Victor Tsaran knows how much time Web designers spend agonizing over color and font-width choices when laying out an application. So when he started Yahoo's accessibility push two years ago, he had a tough time arousing sympathy for engineers grousing about how much extra time was needed to create accessibility features.
When I moved to New York City from Calcutta, I wasn't planning a catering career. I had come to earn a master's degree in lighting design from Parsons the New School for Design. But as a foodie, I was dismayed by the city's Indian eateries: The good ones were pricey, while the more affordable restaurants served two-day-old curries.
Some Web designers are staging an online revolt against an old version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, which they say is hampering the ability of the Web to move forward in a cool and interactive way.
They've been teasing and tantalizing female readers with images of muscular men oozing sensuality and the pretty women they are destined to save and then fall in love with. The "beefcakes and bodices" book covers have helped Harlequin sell their romance novels for more than half a century.
An exhibit of 60 years of Harlequin covers traces women's changing desires and roles.
At first glance, it looks like an actual product: A "USB Toaster" that plugs into a laptop to toast a single slice of bread.
In terms of space on bookshelves, designer Chip Kidd -- who created the book jackets for everyone from Cormac McCarthy to David Sedaris -- might have more cred than any living writer
Small companies in the finance and real-estate fields have been hit hard this past year, reporting declines in many niches of the industry. But other small businesses are still thriving despite the economic downturn: Software publishers and medical labs enjoyed double-digit growth over the last 12 months, according to new research by financial services company Sageworks.
Tino Schaedler is an architect-turned-digital design artist whose groundbreaking work has been seen in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."
Even as iPhone griping rages online, it looks like Apple's sterling reputation will emerge untarnished
When the Jabra BT160 came out last year, we praised it for being one of the first Bluetooth headsets to come with interchangeable cover designs.
A new study suggests that ultra-fancy and hard-to-read type convinces diners that the dishes are worth the high prices
Dear FSB: I'm an independent contractor for sign walker/human billboard companies in the Houston area. I provide the walkers and supervision. The clients are mainly doing ads for turnaround or insolvency companies. I have decided to start my own sign walker/human billboard company and I'm ready to take the next step in landing those first few customers. I'm not afraid of the competition, but where do I compete with them? How have they landed their customers? Did they market to insolvency or turnaround professionals? How did they market their service to liquidation companies such as the Gordon Brothers Group and the Great American Group?
Maria Thompson, mom of three, ages 9, 6, and 1, Irvine, California:
Dear FSB: We run a small company that manufactures and distributes breathalyzers. Right now our marketing budget is very limited, with the majority of work being done by e-mail and phone calls. We have started a blog averaging about 150 hits a day. It is linked to our website, which gets about 10,000 hits a month. How do we drive more traffic to our website that will result in an increase in sales?
Q. My website, which aggregates deals on travel and electronics, isn't getting much traffic from Google AdWords. How do I market my site and generate traffic on a small budget? - Kamlesh Patel, Director, Grab2travel.com
The HP Photosmart A826 is the first standalone snapshot printer we've seen that truly attempts to bring the in-store photo kiosk experience into the home. The printer's large size and extra large touch screen make using it a pleasure. And the fast print speed and wealth of features make it easy to produce a variety of prints.
For the hundreds of small companies in the $20 billion women's footwear market, survival means keeping up with the lightning speed at which fashion changes.
whether it's an undergraduate sheepskin; an MBA or other advanced degree; or technical certification -- Congress did you a big favor last week.
During a recent layover in Phoenix, I checked my voicemail and heard a doom-laden message from one of my employees: "We've got a serious problem here!" he said. "Call me back as soon as you get thi...
Readers weigh in on how they decided what to do for a living -- and what they'd do differently if they had the chance. Plus, how to avoid picking the wrong profession.
It's good to be king in the enterprise software business. Once a given platform becomes an industry standard, switching costs and network effects make it tough for competitors to dethrone the champ...
Dear Annie: My daughter is about to be rotated home from Iraq and plans to leave the Army and look for a civilian job. She has just a high school education but also has some paralegal training and ...
GALLONS OF INK HAVE BEEN SPILLED to chronicle the fall and rise of Eastman Kodak and Xerox, two blue-chip American companies whose turnarounds have captivated the business world over the past few y...
So much graphic design is made with a computer these days that I tend to feel more connected to art made with the artificial tools I understand. Video art, video editing, Web design, Flash: These are the media of my generation.
Web usability expert Jakob Nielsen talks to CNN's Kristie Lu Stout about what makes a good Web site stand out, and what he believes is the future of the Internet.
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This is almost embarrassing, but I actually want to say really nice things about someone: Steve Jobs, CEO simultaneously of Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios.
Steven Bernard's efforts will not go into advertising history alongside such immortal tag lines as "Plop, plop, fizz, fizz" and "Just do it," but perhaps they should. Bernard tried to play by the r...
Thomas J. Leonard is the ultimate virtual person. He does not live in a house or in an apartment. He does not work in an office building. Instead, this 45-year-old semiretired trainer of personal c...
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It's no secret that despite its hippy-dippy image, Ben & Jerry's is just another profit-hungry company. But last winter the ice-cream maker, based in South Burlington, Vt., began phasing out one of...
If you happened to find yourself shopping in your supermarket's pet food aisle about four years ago, you might have noticed an unusual claim on boxes of Alpo dry cat food. Instead of the usual sale...
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In the tiny republic of Slovenija, a single Microsoft employee keeps his country's Internet surfers abreast of developments at the giant software company. He is just one of 400 editors, speaking 24...
One of the better known companies on the planet has spent a fortune reminding everyone that what's inside the computer is important. What's outside the computer is important, too. Use a small, cram...
It might appear to be the last refuge of the lunatic fringe, a million-channel wasteland giving every conspiracy nut, rock band, and college nerd 15 seconds of global fame. Yet, the World Wide Web ...
I remember when my father brought home his first Polaroid instant camera. It was a thrill when he snapped a picture and pulled out the film. The kids would fight over who got to hold the film's cov...
I'm a word guy--not an artist or professional designer. In fact, I get panicky at the thought of trying to turn a blank page into a newsletter, flier, or brochure. But sometimes I have to do that t...
Do not adjust your set. The issue of FORTUNE you hold in your hand is indeed quite different from any you have seen before--in typography, color palette, organization, even size.
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Not long ago my 16-year-old polished off a chemistry lab report complete with diagrams, graphs, charts, and tables, then walked into the office and declared, "Dad, we need a new printer."
Imagine creating a brand name so powerful that it became a verb in the English language. Then imagine what it would take to squander such predominance. Well, the people at Xerox Corp. (XRX, NYSE, $...
ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING -- After building one successful company, Efi Arazi, 56, is now on his second. In 1988, Arazi left Scitex Corp., the $550-million-a-year manufacturer of graphic design and p...
TRAVELING by commercial jet is about as thrilling as riding a rush-hour bus. Creating that jet, on the other hand, rings of grand adventure. It is today's equivalent of building the Panama Canal or...
HOLD ON to your lens caps, shutterbugs. A storm of technological innovations and new products is gathering over the world of photography. When it breaks sometime in the 1990s, it will blow away muc...
''Desktop publishing.'' What an ambitious locution! Like ''table tennis'' or ''thumb wrestling,'' it promises great activity in a very small space. Rather than legions of writers, designers, typogr...
TO HEAR SOME people talk, you'd think Apple Computer was about to sweep across the desktops of American business, sacking the IBM empire the way the Ostrogoths humbled Rome. Excited customers every...
A newcomer to Atlanta last year, clinical psychologist David Adams, 41, needed an effective yet discreet way to hang out his shingle. ''I'd wanted to put out a newsletter for some time, and this se...
Deep in the heart of Manhattan's printing district, a 47-year-old printing and ; typesetting firm is pioneering a new use for personal computers: desktop publishing. ReadySetGo, a $195 software pro...
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