In a tribute to Apple founder Steve Jobs, Pixar has renamed the main building of its campus to “The Steve Jobs Building.” The late visionary was instrumental in the early years of Pixar, and also played a big role in designing the building.
First tweeted by Pixar employee Junn Lee, the building was based on Jobs’ theory that the atrium would be a place where people would run into each other, make eye contact, and make things happen. While some had the opinion that the atrium was a waste of space, Jobs thought otherwise. John Lasseter, Pixar’s chief creative officer lamented that he had never seen a building that promoted collaboration and creativity as well as this one.
Jobs designed the building after having worked with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, who designed the iconic and beautiful Fifth Avenue Apple Store.
While known for founding Apple and bringing it to the technology giant it is now, Steve Jobs should also be remembered for his huge role he played in the success of Pixar. Jobs contributed millions of dollars from his own pocket to keep Pixar running in the early days, simply because he believed in the team and the work they were doing. The rest, as you know, is history.
In the end credits of the animated movie Brave, Jobs was also given a special, heart-felt tribute.
The spirit and DNA of Steve Jobs lives on.
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